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Carjacking at Edgewood Retail District

Police are looking for a silver Ford Focus with license plate No. AZP8798.

Editor's note: Valencia Hudson, public safety liaison for Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, issued the following crime alert:

EDGEWOOD — On Jan 17, 2013 at 10:23 p.m., a carjacking call came up at 1255 Caroline St.

The victim was accosted as she was exiting her parked vehicle in the parking lot of Ross Department Store.

Three black males were staged up hiding behind a wall adjacent to the store.

When the victim exited her vehicle to go into the trunk the one suspect, armed with a black pistol approached her and demanded her car keys and her cell phone.

The victim stated that she tried to get back into her vehicle as the suspect pointed a handgun at her and stated, 'give me your car,' then stated, 'give me your phone' before striking her in the face with a closed fist and pulled her out of the vehicle.

The suspect got into the vehicle and backed up out of the parking space, and then the other two males jumped in and fled.

The vehicle was seen heading south on Moreland Avenue but was not located.

The victim sustained a minor laceration to her lower lip, but she refused treatment.

The vehicle was a 2008 silver Ford Focus with a Georgia license of AZP8798.

Chris H January 18, 2013 at 04:48 PM
This sucks. The Edgewood Retail District has been plagued with crime since it opened. What is this like the 6th car jacking since it opened? Not to mention shoot outs. I'm sure the car was being used for other crimes. I miss the good old days when criminals would use their own cars for crimes. Now they have to car jack someone first.
Rich McKay January 18, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Thanks for posting this. I was near there this a.m.
Kirkwood Resident January 18, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I believe the compex has been open over 6 years and there have been a number of carjackings over the course of time. I would not qualify this location as plagued by crime when compared to any location on the Eastside of Atlanta. Inman Park has seen its fair share of issues in their retail area and so has East Atlanta. I shop here frequently and have never felt scared. They need more of a security presence as this is a high volume retail location.
Nonsequitur January 18, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Perhaps some undercover police work and staging some potential victims might catch some of these jerks and then make them think twice before walking into a potential setup?
Will D January 22, 2013 at 05:39 AM
The managing company of The Edgewood Shopping Center should have a visable police presence walking around the whole shopping center, There need to more cameras in the parking lot, more bright lighting, security guards at each store (inside and out in the parking lots.Cameras should be big and bright so that criminals know that they are being filmed.

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