Police Arrest Youth in Candler Park Mobile Phone Snatch and Run

Victim, who was pushing her baby in a stroller, was knocked down to the ground as she fought back.

Mark this as the cell phone snatcher who didn't get away.

Following a number mobile phone snatch and runs on the street, Atlanta police on Wednesday arrested a 16-year-old and charged him with a mobile phone theft in Candler Park.

The victim told police she was walking at 1:15 p.m. on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of McLendon Avenue and pushing a stroller when she noticed two males standing nearby.

One of them approached her, spoke with her and then grabbed her mobile phone from her.

The victim tried to get her phone back, but the juvenile knocked her down to the ground and ran with the second youth, police said.

In the scuffle, the stroller rolled away downhill and hit a tree, but the child was unhurt.

Police searched the area and located the two of them nearby.

The boy who committed the robbery was arrested and charged; his companion was released into the custody of his mother.

Because of their ages as juveniles, police did not release their names, but officials are seeing the one they arrested is connected to recent on-the-street mobile phone snatch and runs in recent months.

Sheep Dog August 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Well, if she felt that her life was in jeopardy, she could have used deadly force. You obviously don't know the law. Depending on the size of the suspect and other factors, she could have used deadly force.
Sheep Dog August 02, 2012 at 05:22 PM
0 tolerance citizen law! Don't get upset when you see that very same juvenile back out on the streets tomorrow, committing the same damn crime. The juvenile system sucks, sadly those are the ones conmitting most of the crimes.
Gray Stewart August 02, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Your suggestion would be plausable if the kid had a weapon, which wasn't the case. Sarah B is right, your advice would send mommy straight to the slammer. Claiming you thought your life was in jeopardy doesn't give you a free pass to go all Dirty Harry.
Kirkwood Resident August 03, 2012 at 11:41 AM
The problem is you become judge and jury when you pull that trigger. For some people, shooting someone who threatens your life could work to stop violent crimes. The issue is, what is everyone's definition of life threatening? It is subjective to each person and their threat level. For example, a person not used to urban living walking in Inman park may feel threatened if someone approached him and asked him for a dollar. He says no and the person then gets in an argument with him. At what point is it okay for him to shoot? He could say he felt physically threatened and was scared for his life and he had to shoot before the man tried to attack him. It is too easy to escalate and I don't trust eveyones judgement as to when to pull out their gun. Drive around in traffic and see how people use their judgement when driving vehicles in this city. That should tell you enough. I personally have felt very nervous a number of times in this city where if I had a gun I would have pulled it out to feel safe from a perceived threat. Who knows what would have happened if I did. In all of those instances nothing escalated, but if I had a gun more than likely someone would be dead or injured especially if they had a weapon too.
Fourth ward August 03, 2012 at 01:26 PM
She was with a kid and she was knocked down. That's a threat not perceived.


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