String Of Robberies Hit East Atlanta Patch Communities
Attacks occur in Ormewood Park, Inman Park and Candler Park over two-day period.
The crime wave continues.
Atlanta police are looking for a pair of robbers who attacked an out-of-town visitor in Inman Park Tuesday night. A day earlier, in seperate incidents, robbers attacked a woman in Candler Park, snatching her iPhone and a pair of gunmen robbed a man in Ormewood Park as he walked home from work.
In the Candler Park incident, police were able to capture one suspect.
The incidents occur just as Maj. Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6, is beefing up patrols on the Moreland Avenue corridor near DeKalb Avenue, where the Reynoldstown, Inman Park, Candler Park and Edgewood neighborhoods converge.
That area is where most of the street robberies have occurred.
- In the Inman Park case: Police are looking for two men who jumped an out-of-town visitor Tuesday evening at the intersection of DeKalb and Moreland avenues. The victim told police he had left the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station and was walking down DeKalb and was texting on his mobile phone when the two robbers — one black, the other white — pounced. Police say the incident occurred between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. One man grabbed the victim from behind and snatched his phone as the other pushed him to the ground before the pair escaped back toward the MARTA station.
- In the Ormewood Park case: A man was robbed at gunpoint just before 10:47 p.m. on May 14 at the Moreland Avenue and Lyndale Drive SE intersection. The victim told police he was walking home from work when two men grabbed him at gunpoint and forced him to walk down Lyndale Drive. As they did so, they riffled through his pockets, stealing his red LG mobile phone, house keys and wallet, which contained $30. They also took his backpack before telling him to walk back toward Moreland Avenue. The gunman who was armed with a silver or gray-colored handgun, is described as black, clean-shaven, in his 20s and was last seen wearing a black tee shirt, blue jeans and a black hat. His accomplice, also black, is described as being in his 30s, clean-shaven and was last seen wearing long blue shorts and a black tee shirt.
- In the Candler Park case: Police arrested one man in connection to a stolen iPhone. The victim in that case said she and her two young sons were walking on McLendon Avenue toward the Fellini's Pizza just before 6:40 p.m. on May 14. She said she had just completed a text when one of two men walking toward her grabbed her iPhone near the Callan Circle NE intersection and ran east on McLendon. One man is described as black wearing a black skullcap, black tee shirt and black shorts. The other man, also black, was wearing a dark colored tee shirt and blue jeans. Police were called and when the two men were spotted near Moreland and DeKalb avenues, they took off. The man in the skullcap ran east onto Seaboard Avenue NE and attempted to escape by running behind homes that front Holiday Avenue NE in Reynoldstown. Another officer, along with a passerby, nabbed him in Holiday's 100 block. The suspect, who had two iPhones in his pockets, claimed one was his. The victim, who identified him as one of her attackers, was able to retrieve her iPhone.
The incidents occur amidst a string of crimes APD is wrestling with in Southeast and Northeast Atlanta including a number of carjackings, attempted kidnappings in Edgewood and Reynoldstown and Lake Claire, as well as a number of car break-ins.
Just Tuesday in DeKalb County's jurisdiction, a Georgia National Guardsman out on a date at the Starlight Six Drive-in Theatre, was shot and killed by the man police say he went to for help with a car jumpstart.