UPDATED: Couple Robbed At Gunpoint On Freedom Parkway Path

Police searching for suspects. In separate case, woman robbed of her phone.

Atlanta police are looking for a pair of gunmen who robbed a couple on the Freedom Parkway Path near the 600 block of Highland Avenue in Old Fourth Ward Wednesday evening.

Hours later, in a separate incident in the 300 block of North Highland in neighboring Inman Park, a woman was knocked down in a strong-arm robbery.

In the Freedom Parkway Path incident, which occurred at 6:25 p.m. the victims told police they were walking on the bike path in Freedom Park, APD spokesman John Chafee told East Atlanta Patch.

While walking, two men approached them. They asked the victims for the time and pushed both to the ground, he said.

"The shorter male displayed a small handgun and they demanded money. The victims advised that they had no money and the suspects took the victims’ cell phones and house keys," Chafee said. "The suspects told the victims to get up and run away."

The gunmen were last seen running on the bike path toward Boulevard.

Chafee said the men are described as:

  • Suspect No. 1: black, 5'6", wearing a white shirt and dark jeans and long dreads.
  • Suspect No. 2: black, 6 feet tall, wearing a tan shirt, green army hoodie and green cargo pants.

The couple was not hurt.

In the second incident, which occurred at about 8:20 p.m., the woman's phone was taken, Greg Scott, public safety vice president of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association, said in a post to that neighborhood's listserv.

A red Nissan Sentra with a Fulton County partial license plate number of 0127 is the vehicle suspected in that strong-arm case.

"These definitely do not fit the usual MO we have seen over the past few months, so we need for everyone to be vigilant," Scott wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "Unfortunately, criminals take advantage of the nice weather as much as the rest of us.

Joe June 07, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Hood rats coming to the nice areas for good pickin's in the unsuspecting intown professionals. I'm guessing this will only increase.
Sheep Dog June 08, 2012 at 03:45 AM
@Joe... Very True... Buckhead is experiencing the same thing. I tell all of my people to stay strapped. Perps all look alike for the most part so be careful if you those that don't look like they belong. Sad to say it that way but it is what it is.
C.Grace June 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Best thing we can do is to be prepared as best we can. One way I know is to take a self defense class...I did and I have so much more confidence than before. Check out Angel Guarded LLC on facebook. Instructor was good with not a lot of fluff, just got down to business of teaching me some good skills. I loved that.
dina b June 27, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Joe and Sheep Dog, that is not the way to think of other people or a good way to keep yourself safe. Trayvon Martin was a victim of this type of thinking. Due to the fact that you are afraid and cannot seem to differentiate between thugs who commit crimes and the vast majority of black people who are law abiding citizens, many young black boys are placed in danger. You to realize that your attitudes actually place my 3 sons and other women's sons in danger. In addition, you are not keeping yourself safe by looking upon all young black males as a danger. The way to keep yourself safe is to analyze the entire environment you are in and be aware. Analyze the way people carry themselves. Be aware of your valuables and keep them close to you at all times no matter where you are. Think about how many crimes White people have committed against Black people over the centuries, and how negatively we are treated on a regular basis even today.... Should all white people be viewed as dangerous? The vast majority of young black males are not robbing people and do not deserve to be viewed with suspicion and aggression.
Citizen Rob July 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Really? Your wearing a hoodie in June in Atlanta.....I think you might consider that this might be out of place! I have travelled all over the world and have only been robbed in Houston, Texas. The reality is there are no black or white people....only good and bad people! Be very aware of your surroundings and if you live in town do what I do.....carry a gun!


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