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Atlanta Police Eye Suspects In Ormewood Park Carjacking, Purse Snatching Incidents

Investigators are ready to do lineup with victims, police commander says.

Two brazen crimes — an and a of a woman in her driveway — left Ormewood Park on edge in recent weeks.

In both cases, police have focused their investigations on suspects they believe are behind the two crimes.

"We have made significant progress in both of the investigations that we have," said Maj. Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6.

Speaking to a meeting of the South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development, he said the investigations are in the process of setting up line-ups of those suspects to see if the victims can identify them.

SAND is an umbrella group of southeast Atlanta neighborhoods that represents the interests of Benteen Park, Boulevard Heights, Glenwood Park, Custer/McDonough/Guice, North Ormewood Park, Ormewood Park and Woodland Hills.

"We've been able to develop some really good suspects in respect to both robberies," Meadows said.

He did not name the suspects, citing the victims had not identified them. But he said the department is setting up times when they can come in to see if they can pick the suspects from police line-ups.

In the May 7 purse mugging, a 58-year-old woman, in the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue, told police she had had just pulled into her driveway and was collecting grocery bags from the trunk of her SUV when two teens — accompanied by a third man waiting in a pickup truck — pounce on her. They stole her purse, which contained several hundred dollars in cash.

The carjacking, which occurred April 28, involved an 85-year-old man who was parking his Honda on Woodland near the Mercer Street intersection, when two armed gunmen jumped out of another vehicle, put a gun to the victim's head and stole his car.

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