Man charged with robbing victims with sawed-off shotgun
by Rachael Brown
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Kelly Tatum
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Police charged a man this afternoon with robbing two people with a sawed-off shotgun Sunday night and charges for involvement in a separate shooting this afternoon could be pending, Anniston police wrote in a press release.

Police were searching for Kelly Tatum, 53, of Anniston, this week as the robbery suspect, Anniston police Capt. Allen George wrote in the release.

A 58-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were visiting friends Sunday night at a home on the 1700 block of Cobb Avenue. The victims told police another man, with whom they were acquainted, opened the door holding the weapon, Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks told The Star this week. The suspect, Sparks said, told everyone he was going to rob them and fired shots into a window.

The man was robbed of $400 and the woman had $600 taken, according to a police report. No one was injured during the incident.

Sparks said the suspect fled in a car before police arrived.

This afternoon, police were dispatched to 15th Street and Dooley Avenue after a home was shot into and gunfire was exchanged between two vehicles, the release said.

George said no one was injured during the shootings.

Tatum was discovered by a warrants investigator on the 2500 block of Paul Street standing outside a red Ford Explorer with a broken rear window, the release noted. Tatum was armed with a shotgun, according to the release, but he dropped the weapon when he was confronted by the investigator.

Tatum was apprehended and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Tatum could face additional felony charges for involvement in today’s shooting, the release said.

Tatum was in the Anniston City Jail this afternoon. Bond and a court date have yet to be set.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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