North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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June 26, 2013

Robbery suspect arrested in incidents near Fultondale

NORTH JEFFERSON — At about 5:30 a.m., deputies were called to the area of Erwin Dairy Road to investigate a report of a robbery.

The male victim told deputies that he had been traveling along Erwin Dairy Road between Fultondale and Tarrant when he saw a car apparently broken down on the side of the road. The emergency flashers were on so he stopped to offer help.

The suspect asked him to jump off his car battery. When the victim told him he had no cables, the suspect pulled a gun and demanded money.

Several other cars pulled up and the victim was able to drive away and

call for help.

While investigating this robbery, deputies were contacted by a second victim who told them that he had been robbed near the same location.

A description of the suspect and his car was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Birmingham Police located the suspect's car in the 4800 block of 30th Way N.

Deputies went to the car and spoke with the owner. They learned that the owner had let her son drive the car. While deputies were speaking with the owner, her son walked up. He was identified as the person who had committed the robberies and taken into custody.

Walter William Tate, 21, of Birmingham is charged with two counts of robbery first degree. He is currently in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $100,000.

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