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Woman Robbed at Gunpoint Leaving EAV Farmers Market

Pedestrian crime took place not far from where neighborhood resident Patrick Cotrona lost his life six months ago on May Avenue.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Credit: Hunt Archbold
EAST ATLANTA — A 30-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint early Thursday evening not far from where neighborhood resident Patrick Cotrona was shot and killed on May Avenue last spring.

According to the Atlanta police, the woman was walking to her car from the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market shortly after 8 p.m. Just before reaching May Ave. where her vehicle was parked, she was approached from behind by three black males, one of whom pulled a black handgun and pointed it at her chest.

According the police report, the victim then raised her arms and dropped her purse and groceries to the ground while the suspects began to pat her down and asking where her phone was.

Shortly after, the males picked up her bags and purse, ran towards the intersection of May and Patterson avenues, and jumped into a dark colored minivan and sped off.

The victim stated that she had $2,000 in cash in her purse that was her mortgage payment. A witness sitting in a car nearby told police that she saw the males with the victim and then saw them run away and get in the van.

The victim, who was not injured, described the all three suspects as being between 15 and 20 years old, standing approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 in height, and with a medium complexion skin tone.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers. Any information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

Kat Vineyard December 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Sketches please!!! These should be posted and circulating already with so many witnesses!
saraHooligan December 13, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Would like a better description of the van, so neighbors can keep an eye out!
Anastasia Evangelina Hughes-Myrick December 13, 2013 at 09:22 PM
That is so sad i was there myself thursday night. I never understand why someone would carry that much cash in this day and age in their purse.....write a check....or a cashier's check....or a money order. I feel bad for her because I know how hard it is to come up with that mortgage payment each month.
bill smith December 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM
There could be a lot of reasons she was carrying cash around....thats completely besides the point. Anyone should be able to walk around and not get robbed.
Kelly Monical Goossens December 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Any follow up on this? Sketches, van descriptions? Where was the crossing guard/police officer that is normally on post in front of the market?
KatieH December 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM
The Farmers Market community is so disheartened by this violence in our community. Our goal is to provide a safe space for the community to gather each week. For the past two seasons, we have hired an off-duty police officer to be at the farmers market. He was not at the market this past week, but will be back this and every week to provide safe crossings, walk customers and vendors to their cars, and provide general security for the neighborhood. We need to rally as a community to support the victim and have a stronger police presence in the village. Please join me in finding ways to help make our community safer. Thank you - Katie Hayes, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (katie@farmeav.com)
bill smith December 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Although the security is appreciated, its pretty sad that an off duty cop has to monitor a FARMERS MARKET that walks people to their cars because people are afraid of getting robbed. Pretty pathetic actually. Kasim Reed is asleep at the wheel once again......what other metropolitan city requires this?
Ormewood Park Mom December 14, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I'll bet the dagonne sharks come backs since they had a big score.
decfamily December 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Very very sorry for the victim - if she happens to read this I hope she knows nothing at all she did was the cause of this or made her deserve it. This should not happen to anyone and I hope she finds peace and healing soon.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) December 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM
There are no sketches available at this time. According to the police report, the vehicle description was "possibly maroon in color Dodge Caravan."
Grant December 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM
I feel bad for the victim, but everyone needs to be more careful. I have lived in EAV for over 15 years and May Ave has always been the center of drug activity, crime and violence for the EAV area. No one should be walking on May Ave alone - especially with anything of value. And everyone should be very aware of their surroundings. We live in Atlanta - not Celebration, FL - we should behave like we live in Atlanta and not be unsafe or careless.
bill smith December 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Grant, So you've just accepted the fact that a person cant walk down May Ave alone. You've lived in the neighborhood for 15 years and just accept this? I find that odd. If you know May Ave is a center for drug activity, I would hope the Atlanta Police Department would know this as well. There should be a HEAVY police presence in this area along with profiling. Yes, I said it, profiling. When there is a specific area that has a serious crime issue (which I would categorize the May Ave as having) the police should target that specific area with profiling and dare I say what some might consider police harrassment. Oh and another thing, when the juveniles are arrested, KEEP THEM LOCKED up dont just release them within hours. I guarantee if these methods are used, you would see a significant drop in crime in this area. And people would be able to walk down the street without a police escort, which I find completely outrageous.
bill smith December 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM
And by methods of "harrassment" I mean such things as: If a policeman sees someone littering, ticket them. If people are loitering, ticket them. Etc Etc. Make them know THEY are not in charge. Also, the community should have heavy involvement with the APD. If ANYTHING out of the ordinary is going on, call the cops. If they dont show up, contact the mayors office.
Chelsey Gilbert December 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Wow! I feel bad for this person. The Police Department is failing us once again. There should be a sketch with a complete description that goes out immediately to circulate in the community. Heck, I even say post the photos on light poles. I agree with one of Bill Smiths comments, "The Community should have heavy involvement with APD". We have to fight to take our streets back. If criminals know we have an active neighborhood watch then they will be less crime. #SeeSomethingSaySomething.
Kate Cotrona Krumm December 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM
I'm very sorry to the woman who was robbed -- I am genuinely glad to hear you are ok. Is six and a half months from my brother's murder so long ago now that the police have already forgotten and eased up on their patrol of East Atlanta? EAV should keep the pressure on the police and the mayor's office. It is NOT acceptable to live with this crime.
Will December 17, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Me and a friend were robbed at gunpoint about a block from here on Saturday, similar deal. Two black males in hoodies hid behind some cars and ran out once we had our backs to them, probably 17-18 years old, one 5'7" 150ish lbs with cursive tattoos on his neck using a small stainless steel handgun, the other maybe 5'9" 165 who stayed behind us and patted us down after we handed everything over. The frequency of this stuff is unbelievable, the cops said we weren't the only group who had been mugged that night, my house was broken into less than six months ago, and in the same time I can name at least five friends who have experienced some kind of assault, property crime, or both....
Sara Agee December 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM
I feel these problems won't go away, no matter what the police presence is increase to, as long as poverty, lack of older male role models, and lack of activities and viable jobs for these kids (including opportunities for entrepreneurship) are not being addressed.
Dookie Doo January 21, 2014 at 06:26 AM
EAV had been a ghetto longer than I can remember. Yes they tore down the projects where the golf course is now. But the people still linger. I hate to say it but if you can't handle being robbed then you probably should move. Don't blame the police and government for problems You brought onto yourself by moving to that god forsaken neighborhood.
Chris H January 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM
@Dookie Doo, I think you are thinking of East Lake and not East Atlanta with regards to the projects torn down around the East Lake golf course. Totally different neighborhoods.
Dookie Doo January 22, 2014 at 04:18 PM
They're not that far apart man.

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