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String Of Robberies Hit East Atlanta Patch Communities

Attacks occur in Ormewood Park, Inman Park and Candler Park over two-day period.

The crime wave continues.

Atlanta police are looking for a pair of robbers who attacked an out-of-town visitor in Inman Park Tuesday night. A day earlier, in seperate incidents, robbers attacked a woman in Candler Park, snatching her iPhone and a pair of gunmen robbed a man in Ormewood Park as he walked home from work.

In the Candler Park incident, police were able to capture one suspect.

The incidents occur just as Maj. Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6, is beefing up patrols on the Moreland Avenue corridor near DeKalb Avenue, where the Reynoldstown, Inman Park, Candler Park and Edgewood neighborhoods converge.

That area is where most of the street robberies have occurred.

  • In the Inman Park case: Police are looking for two men who jumped an out-of-town visitor Tuesday evening at the intersection of DeKalb and Moreland avenues. The victim told police he had left the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station and was walking down DeKalb and was texting on his mobile phone when the two robbers — one black, the other white — pounced. Police say the incident occurred between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. One man grabbed the victim from behind and snatched his phone as the other pushed him to the ground before the pair escaped back toward the MARTA station.
  • In the Ormewood Park case: A man was robbed at gunpoint just before 10:47 p.m. on May 14 at the Moreland Avenue and Lyndale Drive SE intersection. The victim told police he was walking home from work when two men grabbed him at gunpoint and forced him to walk down Lyndale Drive. As they did so, they riffled through his pockets, stealing his red LG mobile phone, house keys and wallet, which contained $30. They also took his backpack before telling him to walk back toward Moreland Avenue. The gunman who was armed with a silver or gray-colored handgun, is described as black, clean-shaven, in his 20s and was last seen wearing a black tee shirt, blue jeans and a black hat. His accomplice, also black, is described as being in his 30s, clean-shaven and was last seen wearing long blue shorts and a black tee shirt.
  • In the Candler Park case: Police arrested one man in connection to a stolen iPhone. The victim in that case said she and her two young sons were walking on McLendon Avenue toward the Fellini's Pizza just before 6:40 p.m. on May 14. She said she had just completed a text when one of two men walking toward her grabbed her iPhone near the Callan Circle NE intersection and ran east on McLendon. One man is described as black wearing a black skullcap, black tee shirt and black shorts. The other man, also black, was wearing a dark colored tee shirt and blue jeans. Police were called and when the two men were spotted near Moreland and DeKalb avenues, they took off. The man in the skullcap ran east onto Seaboard Avenue NE and attempted to escape by running behind homes that front Holiday Avenue NE in Reynoldstown. Another officer, along with a passerby, nabbed him in Holiday's 100 block. The suspect, who had two iPhones in his pockets, claimed one was his. The victim, who identified him as one of her attackers, was able to retrieve her iPhone.

The incidents occur amidst a string of crimes APD is wrestling with in Southeast and Northeast Atlanta including a number of ,   and , as well as a number of car break-ins.

Just Tuesday in DeKalb County's jurisdiction, a out on a date at the Starlight Six Drive-in Theatre, was shot and killed by the man police say he went to for help with a car jumpstart.

Chris H May 16, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Come on people, get off your phones and be aware of your surroundings! You are making such easy targets!! I walk the route from Inman Park MARTA Station down Dekalb to Little 5 all the time. There are cars going by all the time and for these guys to jump somebody is the daytime is very bold. How much are these moron's getting for a stolen phones anyway? Is it really worth it? Are they being sold in pawn shops or online? I'd love to hear from someone with insight as to what happens with stolen phones.
Ormewood Park Mom May 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Still haven't seen any increased police presence. For example, I think it would be good to see an officer parked on Woodland every now and then, or in other high traffic cut-throughs. Just more presence please... Let the bad guys know that we are watching closely. I think it's an all out assault by the criminals like I've never seen before in the 10 years that I've lived in Ormewood.
Chris Murphy May 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM
It's been much worse in Ormewood, within the last 3 years- where you been? And would you mind not using our neighborhood's name as a handle? A lot of these crimes come in waves, or cycles, call it what you will. For one reason or another, a number of perps will decide a certain area is good for their "business,' and will pretty much keep it up until they're caught, or business turns bad.
Kirkwood Resident May 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I still cannot believe the police have not caught the kidnapping suspect. There was an off-duty officer on scene when he was dragging a lady into his vehicle. How do we know right now that there is not a person tied up in this guys basement somewhere? Why is this still not in the news? This person is not normal and everyone should be looking for him. Why are there no alerts along the freeway for a description of his vehicle? I am also very upset at the fact that I have to read about all of this in East Atlanta Patch. What's up with the AJC? How come all of this is not headlines but FAMU and a person with a severe bacterial disease is? I assume it is because crime is considered by AJC in the SE corridor as status quo and not really that news worthy to focus on unless it occurs in Buckhead.
Ormewood Park Mom May 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Shoot out at Trestletree last night and another car stolen in Ormewood Park. And it hasn't gotten worse?? Still haven't seen any increased police presence. And I'll use whatever handle I want to...
Péralte Paul (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Well, some good news: Police arrested two in connection to the Caroline Street are snatch-n-runs. One of them matches the description of the iPhone snatchers. APD is working on line-ups. We'll keep everyone posted.
Péralte Paul (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Hi, Kirkwood Resident: The police say they've received a number of leads based on the sketch, but none have panned out thus far.
Chris Murphy May 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
No, it hasn't gotten worse. Where do you think the Trolley Patrol came from? You're a whiner, an uninformed and uninvolved one at that. Wanting a cop to sit on Woodland is just dumb, not to mention expensive. You could join Trolley Patrol and get involved, instead of whining.
Earl Williamson, RN May 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Aaaaah, now THERE's the softer and gentler Murphy I know and love ....

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