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Seven Robbed At North Highland Pub

Patrons robbed at gunpoint; gunmen remain at large.

Atlanta police are looking for a pair of gunman who robbed seven people at the in Inman Park late Monday.

The victims said the two men entered the bar at 469 No. Highland Ave. NE at about 11:30 p.m., pointed a gun at everyone inside and ordered the victims to place all of their valuables on the bar.

They ordered the bartender on duty to empty the drawer and they fled south on North Highland Avenue on foot with the night's receipts and the victims' valuables.

11Alive News reported they thieves left with about $400 cash, a laptop and several mobile phones.

No one was injured.

Victims' description of the suspects:

  • The first is black, about 30 years old and a thin build. He wore a do-rag (usually a cut-up stocking) and a winter-like cap with earflaps. He was armed with a black and silver handgun.
  • The second robber, also black, is possibly in his late 20s, short with a thin build and had a goatee.

Surveillance cameras in the bar were not working at the time.

Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

Channel 2 Action News reported the Highland Pub's owner is offering a $5,000 cash reward.

This robbery comes amidst a sharp spike in crimes that have hit the neighborhoods patrolled by the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6.

The zone includes Inman Park, Candler Park, East Atlanta, Kirkwood, East Lake and Ormewood Park, Poncey-Highland and Virginia-Highland.

In recent weeks, there have been carjackings in Reynoldstown, armed robberies in , , and .

There was the at the Trestletree Village Apartments in Ormewood Park and three attempted kidnappings in and .

Aggravated assaults are up citywide with 1,144 reported through June 9. That's an increase of 7.02 percent over last year's comparable period, Atlanta Police Department stats show.

But the three APD zones that cover East Atlanta Patch neighborhoods exceed the citywide average for that same period:

  • Zone 3 (includes Summerhill, Peoplestown, Chosewood Park): 304 incidents, up 7.04 percent
  • (includes Downtown, Georgia State University area): 102 incidents, up 24.39 percent
  • (includes East Atlanta, Candler Park, Ormewood Park, Kirkwood, Old Fourth Ward, Grant Park and Virginia-Highland ): 128 incidents, up 26.73 percent
Kirkwood Resident June 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Probably a group of people loosely affiliated with each other are causing the bulk of the issues. Not a direct gang, but more like a crew. Remember te home invasions last winter with the guys who tied up people in grant park area. These crimes continue until enough key members are caught. I think that is bulk of armed robberies, car jackings, stolen laptops. The kidnappings are something all together different.
Tammy June 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I am surprised it took so long for people to realize that they could pull these crimes off and not get caught. That area is such a soft target and the APD will be very slow to do much, if anything.
Chris H June 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Peralte, I do remember your report on arrests and the status of these criminals in the court system. Thank you! It seems like a lot of them still have they case open. Maybe a follow up? With all the bad news, it's nice to hear of some good news with the APD getting these guys off the street.
Péralte Paul (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
What would such a plan entail?
Péralte Paul (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Hey, Chris: Paul Arena-Camarillo, the Fulton County D.A. Community Prosecutor for Zone 6 is going to give regular updates on cases as they are settled. I'm going to see if I can set up something similar for the Community Prosecutors for Zones 3 and 5, which form the other APD areas that are part of East Atlanta Patch. Will keep everyone posted.
Péralte Paul (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I thought the same thing, too, Tammy.
Fourth ward June 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Time to get a gun permit. Ive seen the fourth ward change in the 11 months we have moved here. Also it doesnt help when I called the police it took an hour to get there.
Péralte Paul (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Hey Fourth Ward, what was the nature of the crime that you called about?
Give me back my shit! June 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM
For the record, they weren't "dark complected". They were black.
Fourth ward June 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
A guy was acting crazy next to my home. Screaming and yelling, it was about 10 pm, The police showed up at 10:55 pm , the man had already left. I was told it must been because of the shift change. I know someone else that was robbed called 911 while the guy was breaking in and they didnt show up until he left with her money. I figure the crooks know that they react slow. I dont blame them ,they are under staffed and everyone wants low taxes.
LVR June 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I don't know. I don't know why they got rid of Teleserve in the first place. I think it sounds like a good idea for a story.
Virginia June 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Yay, can't wait. Shootouts on North Highland.
Keith Meadows June 27, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I feel that it's extremely important that I address some issues relating to crime in Zone Six.  Crimes have started occurring in areas where we historically have not had problems, but the men and women in Zone Six have worked very hard to correct this problem.  Peralte I would like to share these numbers with your readers, three weeks ago Zone SIx officers arrested 6 burglars and 2 robbery perpetrators, two weeks ago 6 individuals were arrest for larceny from auto and 3 burglars were arrested as well, last week 3 burglars and 2 robbery perpetrators were arrested.  So far this week officers have arrested two individuals for committing snatch thefts from the Star Bucks in Little 5 Points.  So far this year Zone Six has realized a 44 percent increase in total arrest.  Unfortunately it is not always practical for us to release information on some of our arrest because of the need for investigator follow up, showing photographic line ups and collecting additional evidence relating to the crimes.  
Keith Meadows June 27, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I completely understand everyone's frustration and I share  your concerns about the potential for violent behavior occurring in this community.  Please know that our officers will work very hard to prevent that from happening .  Also, I would encourage everyone to pay close attention to the Atlanta Police Department's "See Something Say Something Campaign." Many of our citizens see things they feel are not important but we strongly encourage you to bring this issues to our attention.  I would also like to thank each of you for your continued support of the men and women in Zone Six. Thanks Major Keith Meadows
Chris Murphy June 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Thanks, Maj. Meadows.
Keith Meadows June 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Thank you Chris for all of your support !!
Kevin June 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Major Meadows: thanks so much for your response. I know everyone gets upset when something like this happens, and I, for one, feel at least a little bit of comfort knowing that someone at Zone 6 is listening and responding to our concerns. I appreciate your service to our community.
Keith Meadows June 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Thanks Kevin I will pass your comment along to the men and women in Zone Six!!! Thanks for your support!!
Sheep Dog June 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Zone 6 needs to employ a bike unit to ride around the different neighborhoods of Zone 6, in particular the O4W, Highlands and Little 5. I have been seeing them but not often. They also need to, if they haven't already, utilize the COPS unit to do a lot more "directed patrols" in the area. Also, you the citizen, need to be aware of your surroundings. If you can do away with doing the obvious "No No" (ie wearing your iphone head phones walking freedom park at night) you'll be ok. Furthermore, go and get yourselves a gun and learn how to shoot. Furthermore, we the citizens of Zone 6 need to allow our officers to Police! While Cop Watch is a good idea, it's a double edged sword. Officers could do a better job at being proactive without one our residents in their face 24/7 asking for his/her name and badge number. Just let the officers be police officers. I've done a few ride-a-longs. I encourage all of you to do the same. The streets aren't nice people. We really need to employ some "Shaft" type of Officers. No nonsense officers in the area. I would love to see these bad guys punched in the mouth a few times :)
johnk June 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Major Meadows, thank you for listening to concerned citizens and thank you for sharing information on this site. I honestly know nothing of law enforcement, but I agree that more bike units on the streets and paths would be a good thing. A question: is it accurate that crime spikes in zones 6, 3, and 5 during the summer months when teens are out of school? And if that is correct, does the APD make major adjustments in the summer months in an attempt to prevent and react to those crimes? If not already, can they make adjustments somehow? Thank you again.
Highlands Resident June 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Thank you Major Meadows and the East Atlanta Patch for keeping us all informed about what is happening in our neighborhood. I hope that more neighbors will take notice of what is going on in the community, like the off duty Kirkwood Security Patrol Officer and Starbucks Barista that helped to catch the juveniles responsible for the laptop thefts. It is the dedication and determination of concerned citizens like these that helps our police officers in catching these criminals.
Keith Meadows June 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
John You will find that most zone commanders try to balance their crime fighting strategies with different tactical responses to crime. We have officers that address quality of life issues, officers that proactively patrol problematic areas and some that handle 911 operations. In Zone Six we do see some increases during the summer months and we do deploy bike patrol units. These units are primarily deployed around our city parks and heavily traveled shopping areas. I would love to deploy additional bike officers but I feel it's extremely important that we maintain a balance relating to our crime fighting strategies. Keith
Kimberly Perdue June 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
This neighborhood is going to hell in a handgun basket. Every single on of these crimes involves a gun or guns! Where are they all coming from and was there some sort of firearms dump in the streets or something?
Fourth ward June 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
There is a big problem with 911 response time. That's why Im getting a gun permit.
Sheep Dog June 29, 2012 at 03:34 AM
911 response should not be your reason for getting a gun. That's the mentality of a victim. Blaming others for your own short comings. This is a capitalistic nation. You have the "haves" and "have nots". There will be crime! Not a lot in some area but for some areas like Southwest Atl, they experience a lot. I say that to say this, whether you're in Buckhead or Bankhead, you should always be prepared. "Only a fool prepares his shield in the middle of a battlefield"... You are responsible for your own safety. If you don't think so... You have just become a victim. Go get yourself a gun, learn how to shoot... Become aware of your surrounding. And above all, don't do the obvious "no no" whether you're in Alpharetta or Southwest Atlanta. Peace be with you
@UrethraFranklyn June 29, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Gentrification is cleaning up the area slowly but it will take a while to get all the criminals out. Common sense, alarm system, and dogs (real actual dogs, not toy / yipper dogs) will prevent 95% of burglaries / home invasions. For the remaining 5%, I recommend 12-gauge steel shot--that will ensure the degenerate does not strike again.
Péralte Paul (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Police have released sketches of the suspects: http://patch.com/A-vLd1
nicole patterson July 06, 2012 at 03:57 PM
gentrification has "cleaned up" the neighborhood? i suggest that it has contributed to the increase in crime by displacing families as well as leaving behind poor kids who see the extreme discrepancies in income. and guess what people: you moved to the inner city where crime is usually higher. now you complain that there is crime in "your" neighborhood, and the answer is to get a gun? so much of what i am reading sounds so racist. i live in candler park and am also very concerned with the increase in crime. i also think that bored teenagers of weak parenting who don't seem to care are committing many neighborhood crimes. i have teenagers and it has been sad to see so many kids go from mary lin to inman to crime, alcohol, and drugs. my final thought is that i think that showing our neighborhoods on television has contributed to the increase in traffic and crime. just my rambling two cents.
Lala August 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
lets not blame gentrification on crime. Gentrification is good for many neighborhoods specially if the newcomers are active with youth. Volunteer to coach, tutor etc... Children who see discrepancies in income should also be able to see that they too can achieve a better quality of life. Moving to the "inner city" isnt an excuse to accept more crime. that is totally ridiculous! but if you move into a neighborhood that is changing around, make yourself part of that change. i live in Ormewood Park, I want to live here and i wont accept crime in my neighborhood. I think people are afraid of correcting bad behavior, i come from the thinking that as a community you must. On our street we have seen teens try to ruin flower beds and fences, what did my husband do? he yelled at them told them it was wrong and if he ever saw them doing that to a neighbor's home again or his home he would not just call the police but "take matters into his own hands" (what ever that was). What did my neighbors do? they called him and told him to be careful that teens may be gang members and just to go back inside his home. Would they have defended him? probably not. This is not a community mentality. We need to be more involved and get out and about, some people live like they are shut ins. Our church in Grant Park has a youth program, it has a focus on the issues of gentrification and on changing communities, maybe this is something to expand into other neighborhoods.
Tea August 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I prefer the strategy of less guns, not more guns. If you own a gun you are statistically more likely to be involved in a violent episode. Much as you like to think you are stroking your inner Rambo, what you are actually doing is making us all statistically less safe.

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