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Gunman Robs Two Women in Inman Park

Gunman fired shots at both before taking off.

Two women were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday in the 300 block of North Highland Avenue, Atlanta police said.

The victims — ages 26 and 27 — had just left a nearby restaurant at about 1 a.m. and were walking north on North Highland when a man approached them from behind, stuck a gun in the back of the older woman and snatched at her purse.

She began to struggle and her friend tried to help.

But then the man fired a shot at both women above their heads.

The women jumped into some nearby bushes while the gunman ran west toward Freedom Park with one victim's purse, which contained her driver's license, two credit cards, a bank debit card and mobile phone.

There were no cameras in the area of incident and no other witnesses have as yet come forward.

Channel 2 Action News reported the man was busy, having charged $5,000 on the victim's credit card, including $3,400 in online purchases and the balance at local convenience stores.

The victim told the news station police have video surveillance of the gunman using her card to make purchases.

"He grabbed her purse and charged $5,000 worth of stuff that night on her card," the woman said.

She said police already have surveillance video of the man charging some of the items. He spent $3,400 online and more at local convenience stores.

The gunman, whom the victims described as "nicely dressed," is black and last seen wearing a blue or blue plaid shirt.

Virginia July 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
To tell the truth, if I were an intown nighttime convenience store clerk, I probably wouldn't worry about matching the face to the name on the card. This guy had a gun. A gun that he had recently fired in commission of a crime. That's the environment they are working in. There is no penalty for failing to ask for ID, but big potential for a penalty if they do.
InTown Chicklet July 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The email I was forwarded indicated that the man was actually IN the Barcelona restaurant and followed the girls outside.... Why no mention of Barcelona being the establishment? I get it's not their fault, but at least remind people to be vigilant, even in the 'nicer' places...
Chris H July 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Yes, one of the victims was saying on facebook that they saw the man in Barcelona and he was polite. Guess they were talking at the bar. She also went on to say that when they ran back to Barcelona to tell them what had happened the management there asked them not to report that they were at Barcelona because of the "bad press" it would leed to! WTF??
Péralte Paul July 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Hi, InTown Chicklet, the actual robbery did not occur in or near the Barcelona. And because the restaurant was not at fault, nor did the crime occur there, I didn't include it.
Péralte Paul July 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Hi, Chris: The VP for Public Safety of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association sent an e-mail to the neighborhood from Scott Lawton, one of Barcelona's owners saying it wasn't true: "I can assure you, no one from Barcelona said anything to these two ladies. In fact, we still don't even know who they are. We weren't even aware of the incident until it "broke" in the news as it had occurred so far away from the Restaurant."

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