UPDATED: Another Carjacking at Edgewood Retail District

Victim was going to work when his car was taken at gunpoint.

EDGEWOOD — Atlanta police are looking for at least two men who carjacked a man early Jan. 20 in the Edgewood Retail District.

The victim, who was headed to work at his job in the shopping center, is the second person to be carjacked at the Edgewood Retail District following another incident on Jan. 17.

Meanwhile, Target Corp., which has an achor store at the center, said Monday it is stepping up its own security efforts in the wake of the incidents.

The victim gave police the following account:

At about 4 a.m., he was getting out of his vehicle, a 2000 maroon-colored Saturn LS with the Georgia license plate No. PFG9420, when a man, armed with a silver revolver, ordered him out of the vehicle and to walk away.

The victim, who walked toward the Target store, said the gunman jumped in the Saturn, drove toward Moreland Avenue and sped away.

The victim also said there was another vehicle in the vicinity that served as a lookout. He did was not able to identify the make and model of the vehicle but told police it was a four-door, black SUV.

With this being the second armed hold-up in recent days, it's not clear what changes, if any, the shopping center's owner, Toronto-based North American Development Group, plans to enact with respect to beefing up shopper safety.

The company did not immediately respond to a telephone call seeking comment Sunday.

The Atlanta Police Department operates a mini-precinct out of the Target store, but it's not staffed on a 24-hour basis.

A Target Corp. spokeswoman said Monday the company has taken new precautions, though she declined to elaborate to keep them being compromised.

"The safety and security of our guests and team members is a top priority to Target," Jessica Deede, told East Atlanta Patch Monday.

"In addition to partnering closely with local law enforcement, we have increased security measures at our store."

FamilyOfFour January 21, 2013 at 09:48 PM
When I lived in DC at least twice a month they had huge "sobriety checkpoints" set up during the evening commute home. They would pull over like 20 of us at a time. Run our licenses, search our car, they had dogs circling the cars, etc. We didnt mind, because we knew what they were doing. Looking for drugs, guns, criminals. I never see checkpoints like that around here. Keep searching people and take their illegal, non registered guns away from them! Thugs like this ruin it for people who own their guns legally, keep them registered, and locked up safely when not in use. If you are a legal gun owner dont let criminals take away your rights!
Péralte Paul (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Hey, FamilyofFour, wouldn't that be because DC is a terrorist target given that it is the seat of government for the US? I've seen APD set up checkpoints for drunks in East Atlanta, L'il 5 Pts. and Candler Park, but nothing like you've described in DC.
FamilyOfFour January 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM
This was done years before 9-11. And it was done by the DC police force, not the Capitol Police Force, and it would be done at random times. We always got caught in the ones around 6pm leaving DC over the anacostia bridge. After 9-11 they would do them all around the Capitol grounds like a 10 block perimeter but that was specifically for "terrorism" type stuff. These checkpoints they would have people lined up handcuffed on the side of the road. They were arresting people right there while I watched from the car. I felt safe anywhere at any time with my kids in Dc from 94 to 2007. States and cities need to demand to have the same size forces that the tiny city of DC has. Our Senators are kept ultra safe. We should have nothing less.
Mal Reynolds January 23, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Good luck with your police state, glad it makes you feel warm and fuzzy, 'cause: "people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both" Ben Franklin aka Old White Founder Dude
J in EAV January 23, 2013 at 06:01 PM
I worked at a large retail store that allowed us to park at the front door when reporting to work in the early morning hours. We would move our cars prior to the store opening. Just a suggestion.
VoiceofReason March 01, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Increased security in no way violates one's freedom. Random roadblocks and checkpoints were validated by the Supreme Court many years ago.


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