Police Arrest Juvenile in Armed Robbery Crime Spree

Editor's note: Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones released the statement below concerning a significant arrest.

Atlanta Police arrested a juvenile in connection with an armed robbery spree that began late Monday in southeast Atlanta. The incidents began around 10 p.m. with a robbery at gunpoint at Woodland and Eden avenues by two black male juveniles on a motorized scooter.

A second armed robbery involving a similar suspect description took place about 15 minutes later at 116 Memorial Drive.

A third robbery attempt was made at 626 Kent Street. Officers spotted and pursued the scooter, which turned out to be stolen. The suspects crashed and fled on foot. One of the juveniles was arrested, but the other was able to evade capture.

The arrestee had a revolver and three cell phones on him. A second pistol was recovered from the crash scene.

The arrestee is 15 years old. His identity will be withheld due to his age. None of the robbery victims were injured. The investigation continues to determine the identity of the second suspect and whether they are connected to other armed robberies.
John Dawson July 23, 2013 at 01:25 PM
If "minors" are going to act like adults then they should be treated as adults. Release the name and address of this "alleged" thug.
Timothy Cambias July 23, 2013 at 02:13 PM
try him as an adult, he knew full well what he was doing and simply didn't care, off to jail young lad!
Bebe Baldwin July 23, 2013 at 02:34 PM
There has to be a way to stop this nonsense. Cameras everywhere, neighbors constantly watching, whatever it takes. We have to be smarted than these undesirable thugs.
Ed Dobar July 23, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Jail time -we need these so called kids to get it in their heads you break the law you will do time!!!! Try them as adults!!! Time to take a stand and make a statement!!!!!
John Dawson July 23, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Ed, I agree wholeheartedly agree, but the juvenile legal system is only getting more lenient on juveniles in Georgia.
Chris H July 23, 2013 at 03:50 PM
A teen living on my street was arrested for robbing people on the Beltline and around Inman Park/O4W. In one instance he and his buddies punched a lady for her cell phone. All he got was house arrest and an ankle monitor. I would see him sitting on his porch with the monitor on. About a month later, he was back out on the street. What kind of punishment is that?
ten July 23, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Ya....Like all the people who said about the Travon Martin case " He was just a kid" You can see what kids do !!!
ten July 23, 2013 at 04:13 PM
PS This is not a comment about the case just that 17 or 15 or 16 year olds these days are not kids.
Chris F. July 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
It's been proven time and time again that criminalizing teens with harsh sentences, jail time, etc doesn't serve as a deterrent in the short or long term. We need real social service interventions. We need to look at their education levels, their family situation, the school they attend, and the communities in which they live. If we don't make systemic changes, then we'll be having the same conversation ten years from now. In the meantime, sign up to be a mentor, find the worst performing school in your area and volunteer as a tutor, volunteer w the juvenile court, employ teens and their families at living wages.
Greengirl July 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I agree Chris. While I don't want to let criminals off easy, I also understand that these greater problems need to be tackled or else we will just keep feeding the prison system. I would rather my tax dollars be spent trying to reach these kids than imprisoning them. We can't continue to claim to be the Land of the Free at the same time we have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Continuing to throw more and more kids in jail is not working and things are only getting worse.
Jason in GP July 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Overwhelmingly, our best chance to help these kids is via APS. They spend $3/4 billion per year and have these kids 8-10 hours a day - and they struggle mightily. If we can't get that ship righted, we'll never stop the cycle.
Jeffrey July 24, 2013 at 01:10 PM
The issue isn't always punishment. It's also about getting these people off the streets for everyone's safety.
Robert Riggs July 31, 2013 at 08:32 AM
While I agree there are more long-term social issues that may need to be addressed, there is an immediate need for safety to the individuals that are being victimized by this new wave of criminals. Get them off the streets first, rehabilitate them second. I'm sick of hearing about innocent people being punched, raped, killed by a teenager just looking for a cellphone or a joyride. I'm with @Bebe, put cameras on the streets, report anyone suspicious.. the more we let these acts go, the worse it becomes and the more brazen the criminals get.


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