COME JOIN US AND YOUR NEIGHBORS FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Myrtle Street between 4th and 5th Streets
Sponsored by Midtown Neighbors Association and Midtown Ponce Security Alliance
MNA and MPSA will bring together Midtown Residents and Businesses to celebrate in “Giving Neighborhood Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party”. Atlanta Police Department and other city officials will join us to promote police/community partnerships, crime prevention awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. Residents and Businesses will have the opportunity to meet our Zone 5 officers and City Officials.
We will stage our annual block party on Myrtle Street between 4th and 5th Streets with food & drinks, along with activities for the Children. We always have fun at National Night Out!
NNO 2015 Business Sponsors/Donors:
MPSA annual Sponsors: Coro Realty; Midtown Tire (Goodyear); Fifth Group; Post Properties;
Donors for NNO: Target; Zaxby’s; Cultivators; Boogalou; Monroe Shell Station; The Hilliard Firm; Papi’s; TpFlr; Lucky Exchange; Highland Bakery; Piedmont Conservancy; Sig Samuels Cleaners; Midtown Smile Center Dental; Brusters; Mary Macs Tea Room; Symposium Wine; Fast Signs; L & M Grocery; Krispy Kreme; The Dakota; Shep’s Midtown Ace Hardware, 5TH and Piedmont Condos; King of Pops; Lethal Rhythms Entertainment
Thank you for your continued support in making Midtown safe. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, August 4th.
Let me begin by thanking Patti and Jeff Ellis for hosting Wednesday evening’s Midtown safety event. It was great to have the police officers there, including Zone 5 Commander Major Wayne Whitmire & Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane, as well as City Council Members Kwanza Hall and Alex Wan. It is important that we take last night’s concerns and energy, and do what we all can to make Midtown a safer place to live. As the new president of the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance, I would encourage you to join our organization if you are not already a member. Since its inception in 2003, MPSA has done a great deal to make Midtown safer, and will be offering additional ideas to address what I hear and believe to be the most immediate concerns: the spike in the number of armed robberies and home break-ins.
In the weeks and months ahead, we are going to be working hard on a membership drive to bring in more resources to MPSA. This will allow us to add to the currently budget 36 hours/week of patrolling being coordinated by retired Atlanta Police Department Sergeant Bill Cooper (concentrating even more on the times the armed robberies are occurring, late night/early morning). In addition, we are going to be working on increasing the number of homeowners with cameras. Based upon what I have learned to this point, a good camera system can be purchased and installed for less than $2,000.00. My wife and I are moving ahead with a camera system at our home on Charles Allen Drive. I would like to thank everyone who attended last night’s meeting and encourage you to join MPSA at a cost of $275.00/year for most homeowners. I look forward to working with you on the common goal of making Midtown an even better place to live.
President, Midtown Ponce Security Alliance
MPSA has observed an increase in armed robbers entering our neighborhood in cars, striking quickly, then exiting the neighborhood. We urge folks to be aware of their surroundings when walking around late at night especially in areas with poor lighting, and to avoid distractions such as cell phones. Awareness of your surroundings and early recognition of potential trouble is your first line of defense, whether in Midtown or elsewhere. Midtown’s vibrancy and access are what make it so special to all of us, but vigilance is critical.
#152000000 – Glendale & 8th area – Misc. Serious Incident
[Summary from victim] “[We] I were awakened around 11:30pm by repeated knocking on our front door. We looked outside and saw 4 black men walking around our front and back yards. One in the back was walking around smoking and peering into our back windows. We called 911 and the police arrived within 2 minutes. Long story short — they caught and arrested 3 men, none of whom were armed but all have criminal records and prior convictions for burglary (2 are on probation). The police [told us] this was textbook casing and were certain they were going to break in — which apparently just happened in a very similar way in the 300 block of 9th St. While we were being interviewed, [We] also saw a gold minivan in front of our house idling before we called 911. About 20 minutes after the police left with the first 3 in custody, they came back and asked us to identify a minivan down the street (parked in front of a neighbor’s house). It was the same one [we] had seen. They found a 16-17 year old black male hiding in the van – which is registered to the grandmother of one of the other three. The police arrested that person as well. While I was walking home, he shouted “You’re dead” at me from the back of the police car. [We believe] a 5th person might be out there — the guy in the back she saw looked about 40 — but he wasn’t one of the people caught. (I’m guessing the van was going to be driven up our driveway).” MPSA note: A gun was found on the property of a nearby neighbor’s house, which leads us to believe that this crew may have had some very bad intentions. Three suspects were arrested in this incident, and we have identified two of them (the full police report will not be available until a later date). Their mugshots are below. Court records show Cory Roberts to be on active probation for burglary, and Jarquavious Pierce has a felony conviction for Theft.
Two of the arrestees from the Glendale & 8th incident
#151952327 – 800s Myrtle Street – 7/14/2015 – Burglary
[Summary] At 3:40pm on 7/14/2015 a home on Myrtle Street was burglarized and robbed while the homeowner was taking a nap with the dog upstairs. A thin, tall African Americam male around 18-20 years old with shoulder-length braids stole four laptops, and spent about 10-20 minutes in the house based on surveillance video. It is believed that he had prior knowledge of the home, which is currently under renovation. A video of the suspect is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRsy-uuXAS0, and still shots have been shared on Nextdoor.com.
#151940801 – 700s Monroe Drive – 7/13/2015 – Burglary
[Summary] On July 13, 2015 between 1:40 am and 3:30am, at least two men stoled thousands of dollars in computers from a commercial building in the 700 block of Monroe Drive. A video of the suspects is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuynlg5rFN0
#151893099 – 600s Durant – 7/09/2015 – Robbery
I Sgt. P**** responded to a pedestrian robbery call at 600s Durant Pl. Upon arrival I spoke with both victims, Mr. VICTIM1 and Mr. VICTIM2. They both stated that they were standing outside of their apartment smoking a cigarette when 3 black males walked up to them. One black male wearing a white t-shirt pulled out a sliver handgun and stated, “shut the fuck up and get on the ground.” One victim got on the ground and the other stood with his hands up. The other two suspects then went into the victims pockets. They took a Nexus 85, keys. wallet with ID, Visa Credit card, $47 and a pack of cigarettes from Mr. VICTIM2. They went through Mr. VICTIM1’s pockets, but he did not have any belongings on him. The suspects began to walk away. As they walked away they said he can have the cigarettes back and threw them on the ground. ID 7338 came out to the scene and processed the cigarette package. There is a halfway house on the corner that has cameras pointed towards where the suspects walked and possible captured them walking right before they committed the robbery. I spoke with the Georgia Corrections officer working inside, and he said that they would be able to pull the tape in the morning. Investigator 5529 came to the scene to debrief the victims. There was no injuries. Phoenix was raised and canvassed the area for the suspects.
#151893045 – 300s 8th Street – 7/08/2015 – Robbery
On 7/8/15 I was dispatched to a pedestrian robbery at 323 8th St NE. Upon arrival I spoke with Mr. VICTIM. Mr. VICTIM stated that he was outside his apartment and two black males came up on him and pulled a silver handgun on him. The males forced him to lay down and started stealing his property. They took an iPhone 65, Wallet with all credit cards, and a set of keys. Mr. VICTIM stated that both males where black males between the ages of 17-23. The male with the gun was wearing a white tank top and dark colored shorts, with a high-top fade. Mr. VICTIM stated he didn’t get a good look on the 2nd male. After the robbery he stated the males casually walked up 8th St towards Argonne Ave. CID 5529 was notiﬁed. No further action was taken at this time. MPSA NOTE: This incident was covered in media reports, which you can read at Project Q and at Midtown Patch.
#151870894 – 800s Penn Ave – 7/05/2015 – Robbery
Mr. A. VICTIM reported at the zone five precinct an incident of robbery. Mr. VICTIM stated to officer B****1 (desk officer) that he was walking in the area of his home (7-5- 2015 after 2200hrs.) on Penn Ave. NE when he was approached from behind by a black male subject who asked him for his phone. Mr. VICTIM said that the male suddenly pulled out a small gray color hand gun and pointed it at him and then rifled through his pockets. Mr. VICTIM advised that the male took his cellular phone and wallet and ran off–telling him repeatedly not to turn around. Mr. VICTIM wasn’t injured as a result of this incident. Mr. VICTIM said that on the following day 7-6-2015 at approximately 0800hrs., he found his wallet on his front porch – minus $25 cash. Mr. VICTIM offered no explanation as to why he did not call the police on 7-5-2015. officer B****1 contacted the zone five investigative unit (B****) who responded to the zone five mobile precinct and interviewed Mr. VICTIM.
#151862563 – 900s Argonne Ave – 7/05-2015 – Robbery
On July 5th, 2015 at 11:00 pm I was dispatched to 900s Argonne Ave NE regarding an armed pedestrian robbery. I arrived on scene at 11:05 pm and spoke to VICTIM whom stated that he was walking West on 8th St across Argonne Ave NE when someone suddenly came up behind him and put a gun to his neck, asking for whatever he had on him. Mr. VICTIM stated that he gave them his wallet and cell phone. Mr. VICTIM described the two males as black, young males. very early 20’s, one wearing a white shirt and red jeans. the other wearing dark clothing. The males ﬂed on foot west on Argonne Ave. The number to the stolen phone is: ###-###-####. No one was injured in this incident and Sgt. J**** was notified. General Investigator Unit 4380 responded to the scene and spoke to the victim. I was driving vehicle # 32416. There are no cameras in this area. Mr. VICTIM does not have a phone, however. his friend NNNN can contact him: ###### and his address is XXX xth St NE. This incident will be related to incident #151862561 which occurred only 1 minute prior to this at 800s Glendale Ave NE which is less than one block down the street.
#151862561 – 800s Glendale – 7/05/2015 – Robbery
On July 5th, 2015 at 11:00 pm I was dispatched to 890 Glendale Terrace NE regarding an armed pedestrian robbery. I arrived at the location at 11:05 pm and spoke to Mr. VICTIM. who stated that two black males approached him while he was walking on Glendale Terrace across 8th St NE. one with what appeared to be a gun in his hand, demanding whatever he had on him. Mr. VICTIM stated that all he had on him was his Black Apple iPhone 6 so he gave it to them and they ran away on foot. Mr. VICTIM stated that they were two young black males, wearing a white tank top/ t-shirt and red basketball shorts. The other male may have potentially had on dark colored shorts. The males were very young 20’s and ﬂed on foot North on 8th St and West on Argonne Ave. Mr. VICTIM stated that the iPhone had a cracked screen as well. Mr. VICTIM stated that he was tracking his iPhone using Apple ID: #### and the last known location for it was Peachtree St and 10th St NE, then the signal went dead. The stolen phone‘s # is #### No one was injured in this incident and Sgt Peters was notified. This incident will be related to case #151862563, the same suspects on both calls.
#151833071 – 300s 7th Street – 7/02/2015 – Robbery
Reported in separate bulletin at http://www.midtownponce.org/p6784.html
The Midtown Ponce Security Alliance now has a new president. Bill Nickles, who served for a year since Peggy Denby retired in 2014, had to step down due to commitments out of state. We are grateful for his service, and wish him all the best in Boston. We will miss him and reminded him that Midtown will always be a home for him.
After an exhaustive search, we recruited Guy Drexinger as our new president. He moved to Midtown from Marietta in 2014. As a CPA he was in a tax accounting practice with his father in the 1980s in East Cobb. After graduating from law school in 1992, he started a solo law practice in Downtown Marietta, specializing in estate administration, where he continues to work with his wife. He has been on a number of boards in Cobb County, was a County Administrator through the Cobb County Probate Court from 2000-2005, and ran a statewide campaign for Insurance Commissioner in 2006. He and his wife live on Charles Allen Drive, and their 24 year old daughter, Lauren, lives in Grant Park.
The MPSA board is now composed as follows (with year that they joined the MPSA board):
- President: Guy Drexinger (2015)
- Vice President: Steve Gower (2003)
- Treasurer: Ed Seemann (2008)
- Secretary: Jim Stapleton (2015)
- Board Member: Joe Vivona (2012)
- Board Member: Brad Edmonds (2013)
- Board Member: Chandra Stephens-Albright (2013)
- Board Member: Laura Brickell (2015)
- Board Member: Todd Ervin (2015)
- Advisory: Michael Floyd (2007)
- President Emerita: Peggy Denby (2003)
You will be hearing more from Guy very soon as we continue our long-standing dedication to a safe Midtown experience.
We are calling upon the Midtown community to share their views on how robberies (and particular those that perpetrate them) adversely affect the neighborhood we call home.
The facts of the case:
At approximately 10:25pm on July 2nd, a pedestrian robbery involving a gun occurred at Argonne & 7th. As police began to travel in that direction upon receiving the call over police radio, they spotted a vehicle matching the description of the offending vehicle. They intercepted the suspect vehicle approximately 45 seconds after the call was dispatched from radio. One of the males in the back seat had short dreadlocks as described over police radio. The officer continue following the vehicle until other police units caught up to the first officer. They then initiated a felony traffic stop at the Exxon Service Station located at 1521 Peachtree St NE. All 5 occupants were detained and placed into separate vehicles. The two victims were then brought to the scene where they positively identified one of the males, Demetrius Farrell, as the one who pointed the gun while demanding at gunpoint wallets and phones.
In the vehicle were five individuals (three males and two females) who were booked on armed robbery charges:
- Demetrius Farrell, 18 years old
- Teairra Locket, 21 years old
- Tiamra Smith, 17 years old (charged as adult)
- Darrell Farrell, 19 years old (no evident relation to the other Farrell given their birthdays are only four months apart)
- A Juvenile, name withheld, 16 years old.
The four adults (or charged as such) were booked into the Fulton County jail and remain there as of this writing. The juvenile was placed into a juvenile detention facility.
Community Impact Statement:
We take the position that whoever robs any Midtowner robs all of us. Over the course of court proceedings we plan to present a community impact statement on behalf of the Midtown community. We have been inordinately afflicted with armed robberies in recent weeks, and wish for this statement to be driven by the sentiments of the Midtown community. Our goal is to incapacitate these criminals for a very long time and thereby prevent further victimization.
A community impact statement urges the sentencing judge to give serious consideration to the community detrimentally affected by the crime perpetrated by the defendant in question. It does not come into play until a conviction is established. We routinely present community impact statements as part of our court watch participation, and have found them to be effective in addressing specific criminals plaguing our neighborhood.
Call to Action:
We therefore would like to hear from folks in the neighborhood about what robberies mean to us. What does it mean to us that these individuals came into our neighborhood and placed two of our neighbors in genuine fear of their lives? What example should be set by the sentencing judge in this case, should these individuals be convicted? Please post your thoughts at the Facebook version of this post, at the Nextdoor.com version of this post, or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Below are the mugshots of the suspects, followed by the full (but redacted) police report narrative in this case.
#151833071 – 300s 7th Street – 7/02/2015 – ROBBERY
[Official police report narrative (redacted)] On 7/2/15 at approximately 10:25pm I, Ofﬁcer L**** and Ofﬁcer P**** were patrolling in the area of 4th St NE and Piedmont Ave NE. While patrolling in the area of the above location we overheard radio advise of a pedestrian robbery involving a gun just occurred at Argonne St and 7th St. Officer P**** and I, Ofﬁcer L**** then immediately began to travel in that direction. We then turned right onto 7th St from Piedmont Ave NE. While approaching Argonne St after passing Penn Ave we observed a black 4 door sedan making a right turn onto Argonne St from 7th St. We intercepted the suspect vehicle approximately 45 seconds after the call was dispatched from radio. We then proceeded behind the vehicle observing no license plate on the vehicle.
While behind the vehicle traveling North on Argonne Ave, Ofﬁcer P**** stated that one of the males in the back seat had short dreadlocks as described over the radio of part of the description provided by the victim later identiﬁed as Mr. VICTIM1. Once we advised radio of what we had and our direction of travel. Sgt B**** of the Zone 5 CID office advised over radio that the description of a vehicle that was involved in several prior pedestrian robberies that occurred in the same location area was a dark colored sedan, 4 doors that appeared to resemble a compact style vehicle with three male suspects. Upon following the vehicle we awaited for another unit to arrive as the suspects were allegedly believed to be armed. Several other units arrived on scene behind me as backup as the black Saturn 4-door sedan turned right into the Exxon Service Station located at 1521 Peachtree St NE. I then initiated a felony trafﬁc stop with my blue lights and sirens activated. Once the vehicle stopped in the parking lot I then maintained a covered position with my city issued service weapon at the low ready and gave verbal commands for the occupants to exit the vehicle.
Once all 5 occupants were detained and the vehicle was then secured we observed a dark gray revolver underneath of the passenger front seat on the floor. I then advised radio that we recovered a firearm. Officer P**** then advised Crime Scene Unit to respond to the location to process the vehicle, ﬁrearm, ﬁngerprints and photographs. While awaiting for Crime Scene to arrive on scene we then identified all of the occupants. There were three males and two females. The driver of the vehicle identified as Mr. Gary Darrell FARRELL (Arrestee) was wearing a white t shirt with blue short style pants with short hair. Mr. Gary FARRELL provided police with a false date of birth on scene of x/xx/xxxx later to be determined as x/xx/xxxx. Mr. FARRELL was not licensed and had no valid identification on his persons. Mr. FARRELL stated they were just driving around looking for a party.
Once they were unable to locate the party, the passenger Ms. LOCKETT stated she wanted to go to a bar. The front passenger Ms. Teairra LOCKETT (Arrestee) stated on scene that she had no idea what was going on and they didn‘t do anything. The vehicle belonged to Ms. LOCKETT’s boyfriend later determined by contacting the aunt of the registered owner. The rear left passenger Mr. Demetrius Jerome FARRELL (Arrestee) was wearing a white tank top with dark blue pants rolled up to his knees with short dreadlocks. Mr. Demetrius FARRELL provided police with his ID card. The back seat middle passenger Mr. JUVENILE (Arrestee) was wearing a gray tank top with dark black jeans and short dreadlocks. Mr. JUVENILE stated that he was 16 years old and doesn’t have a valid ID card yet. The rear right passenger Ms. Tiambra SMITH (Arrestee) was wearing a green shirt with blue jean shorts. Ms. SMITH provided police with her identification card on scene. Once all the subjects were identified Inv. W**** and Sgt. B**** arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. Once the scene was secured Sgt. Poole was able to locate one of the victims Mr. VICTIM2 who was present while this offense took place. Sgt. Poole then relocated back to the Exxon service station with Mr. VICTIM2 (Victim) for a show up. Once on scene, the subjects were then taken outside of the patrol vehicles one at a time so the victim could give an accurate identification. The first male that was taken out of the vehicle was Mr. Demetrius FARRELL. The victim positively identiﬁed Mr. Demetrius FARRELL as the suspect who pointed the gun at his friend and demanded the phone and wallet. Mr. Gary FARRELL and Mr. JUVENILE were then taken out of the vehicle separately and the victim was unable to identify them as he stated that he was paying attention to Mr. Demetrius FARRELL while he had a gun pointed at him. Approximately 30 minutes later the other victim was located and transported to the Exxon station for a show up. Once arrived on scene the show up was performed in the same manner as with the other victim. Mr. VICTIM1 positively identified Mr. Demetrius FARRELL as the suspect who robbed him with a gun. The victim was unsure of the other suspects. Crime Scene arrived on scene moments later and processed the vehicle, gun and rounds for fingerprints as well as photographs. Once Crime Scene was completed a search of the vehicle was then conducted revealing a HP laptop that belongs to Atlanta Public Schools in the back seat. Also recovered [four] .22 caliber long rifle rounds on the floor behind the passenger seat. Property and evidence was then collected and later turned into police property. The vehicle was then impounded to A-Tow.
All 5 subjects were then transported to the Zone 5 CID precinct for debriefing. The two females stated that they have nothing to say and remained silent. Mr. Gary FARRELL stated that they were out driving around going to a party. Mr. Gary FARRELL also stated that he has no idea what happened and denied any involvement in this incident. Mr. Demetrius FARRELL stated to police that he will speak with police. Mr. Demetrius FARRELL stated that they were driving and they stopped to get some wings at the wing place. Mr. Demetrius FARRELL then stated they came back to pick him up from the wing place. He also stated that he was not involved with this incident. Mr. JUVENILE (Arrestee) stated that he was picked up from his home located on Flat Shoals RD. Mr. JUVENILE stated that he had no idea this incident was going to take place and he did not partake in this crime.
Based upon all of the facts discovered in this case it was determined that the suspect vehicle pulled up in the area of the robbery. The vehicle parked on 7th St NE facing west in between Argonne Ave and Durant Pl. Mr. Demetrius FARRELL exited out from the driver side rear with the firearm, approached the two victims and robbed them at gun point. Then after committing the offense he then returned back to the suspect vehicle to flee the scene. The victim observed the male get back into the dark colored sedan and then travel west on 7th St making a right turn onto Argonne Ave prior to police interception. All the suspects were then placed under arrest and interviewed. Suspects were then transported to the Fulton County Jail. Mr. JUVENILE however is a juvenile so therefore his mother was called and she arrived at the precinct to speak with police as well as consent to her son cooperating with police. Mr. JUVENILE was mirandized in the presence of his mother and stated he would consent in talking with police. Mr. JUVENILE provided 3 different conﬂicting statements to police during the interview. This interview was conducted at the Zone 5 CNN Center precinct with a audio recording device. Mr. JUVENILE was then taken to get ﬁnger printed and photographed by Ofﬁcer P****.
I then secured the arrest warrants for the arrestees. Mr. Demetrius FARRELL was charged with Armed Robbery (16-8-41) and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony (16-11-106). Ms. Teairra LOCKETT. Mr. Gary FARRELL, Ms. Tiambra SMITH and Mr. JUVENILE were charged with parties to a crime of Armed Robbery (16-8-41). Mr. JUVENILE was then transported to the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center.
We received notification that Sean Jessie was released from jail yesterday (6/29). On 11/05/2013 he entered the home of a resident in the Penn & 8th area, robbed her, and then beat her several times her before fleeing. He had apparently watched her walk around the house and enter the basement shortly before the attack. While the victim was in her basement, he forced his way inside and robbed her. Then he grabbed her cellphone and other items, and fled. The victim sustained lacerations, was badly shaken by the attack, and was sore in the days following the attack.
Later that day police were alerted that her tracking-enabled cellphone was turned on, and they went to the location in West End. There they detained a couple individuals in close proximity to the phone. The detainees told the police they bought the phone from someone on the street. During their investigation APD identified Sean Jessie as the suspect and captured him on 11/16/13. At the time he was known to be living on the streets and frequenting homeless shelters around town. He remained in jail until 6/29/2015.
The victim attended several court hearings during all this time, and was usually accompanied by a representative from MSPA. The case was adjudicated on 6/05/2015, when Judge Schwall sentenced this dangerous offender to two years commuted to time served upon entry into Grady’s Assertive Community Treatment program, plus probation. Judge Schwall also banned him from Fulton County as a condition of probation except for doctor visits at Grady’s ACT team or visits to his mother. In all he served a little over 18 months in confinement for his brutal attack. This was far less than the 18 years that another robbery perpetrator received for an incident on 9th Street the month before. The Penn Avenue attack was his 28th booking in Fulton County. This reiterates the importance of the court watch program and makes a solid case for the implementation of a Judge Watch program to track and monitor sentencing tendencies.
In any case, he’s back out there somewhere…
In response to questions asked on neighborhood social media sites, we are providing an overview of how MPSA works. We concentrate most of our patrol hours on daytime hours on weekdays, when residential burglaries most commonly occur in nearly any residential community. The patrol currently operates from 10/11am to 2/3pm on most weekdays. In any community – not just Midtown – these hours are the most vulnerable in terms of residential burglaries.
Sgt. Cooper, our patrol coordinator, also maintains rapport with property owners, APD operations, and other agencies such as Code Enforcement to keep them aware of ongoing issues that affect our neighborhood all hours of the day, and to help us mobilize resources beyond the patrol to address ongoing issues like problem properties. This “neighborhood consultant” aspect of Sgt. Cooper’s role with MPSA operation dovetails well with burglary prevention.
In the early years we focused our patrol hours on nighttime hours, when conditions were most problematic at that time. Because conditions at night improved considerably, we began shifting patrol hours to more random times so as not to neglect other issues affecting the neighborhood. Over the years we learned this approach was ineffective, at least in the longer run. So about six years ago we began to focus our patrol on daytime hours, when burglaries most commonly occur. What’s worse than having criminals roaming our streets in front of our homes is having them inside of our homes. This strategy has resulted in a 80% decrease in the number of residential burglaries.
Compared to an average of six (occasionally more) residential burglaries a month seven years earlier, we now see months go by without what we call a typical residential burglary (occurring mid-day on weekdays when most folks are at work). Most of the burglaries we are seeing now either occur in large multi-unit buildings with secured entry, or have unusual circumstances (like a drunk person crashing into someone’s home during overnight hours, or an offender in some way targeting someone they know). A comparison of burglary incidents in 2015 vs. 2008 is at the end of this article.
We continue to operate a few night and evening shifts. This patrol coverage helps to keep us abreast of what’s going on in the area, but this level of patrolling is not adequate to systematically eliminate chronic patterns. Nighttime issues include:
- The drug culture at Ponce & Boulevard – many of these individuals prowl around the neighborhood at night looking for items, (as of late) especially bicycles, to steal and sell in order to procure street drugs;
- Other street criminals prowling around the neighborhood at all hours of the night and breaking into cars.
- Street prostitution and drug activity along Piedmont, Myrtle, and Juniper from Ponce to 5th Street;
- Armed robberies, some of which involving violent circumstances, and in all cases are a step away from a homicide.
Robberies present us with a very disturbing phenomenon, and with it a need to significantly increase our night patrols. When we started MPSA in 2003 most of our robberies were perpetrated by offenders on foot. In the last few years it has become a very pronounced pattern for robbers to come and go in a car. They either appear in a car and suddenly jump out to rob the victim, or they park, scout for a victim, and quickly leave in a car once they make a hit. Because the perpetrators are in and out of the neighborhood very quickly, the probability that any police officer will be in the right spot at the right time is low. Deploying patrols five times a week during the most common times street robberies occur would increase this probability and help us considerably in reducing robberies. In addition, patrol hours at night would help us address the other aforementioned nighttime issues.
To be specific, we pulled in $72,000 in revenues for 2014. This figure came from 250-300 households, business memberships, and community sponsorships. Around 93% of the MPSA budget provided the neighborhood with daytime patrol shifts along with a few extra shifts in the evening and overnight hours, with only about 7% of the overall budget covering essential administrative expenses. Other than the patrol by off-duty & retired APD officers, all MPSA functions such as court watch, advocacy, research and reports, and collaborative efforts with other neighborhoods and agencies are handled entirely by volunteers.
Adding five late night / overnight shifts per week in order to more effectively target nighttime issues would run us around $40,000 in additional patrol and operational expenses (mainly fuel for the patrol truck). This additional $40k would have to be above and beyond existing membership saturation. This amounts to 145 additional households at $275 each, but this figure could be offset by additional business members, condo assocations, extra donations, and community sponsorships. Even if we fall short of the needed extra $40k we will expand into the overnight hours to reduce the criminal and nuisance activity occuring at those times according to budgetary considerations. The more patrol hours we can sustain, the safer our neighborhood will be.
Our patrol budget is based on membership dues – we are not like Midtown Blue, which is funded by a special property tax in the Midtown Business District. We have seen considerable improvement in the 12 years since we were founded, but much more work remains to be done to maintain and improve neighborhood safety. We encourage those who are not yet members to visit our website and join.
We leave you with some stats recently compiled from old MPSA eblasts. The first part itemizes 35 burglaries reported from October 2007 through March 2008. The next part itemizes 7 burglaries occurring during the same months seven years later, which reflects an 80% reduction in burglaries. Nearly all of the remaining burglaries are occurring outside the most common times (9am to 3pm on weekdays, when most residents are absent from any neighborhood), or involve unusual circumstances.
Supplement 1: Six month period October 2007 through March 2008 – reconstructed from archived Eye on Midtown eblasts (this period no longer available on APD crime map). 35 counts!
- Report Date | Crime Location | Crime Type | Incident #:
- 3/22/2008 | 900’s MYRTLE ST | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 080820525
- 3/17/2008 | 400’s 7TH ST | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 080770601
- 3/08/2008 | 700’s ARGONNE AVE | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 080680623
- 3/05/2008 | 100’s PONCE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080652108
- 2/26/2008 | 700’s Durant Place | perpetrated by the victim’s ex-girlfriend
- 2/12/2008 | 800s Vedado Way | Report # lost
- 2/01/2008 | 700s Chas Allen | Report# lost
- 1/22/2008 | 265 PONCE DE LEON AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080221285
- 1/16/2008 | 717 PIEDMONT AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080161762
- 1/08/2008 | 929 MYRTLE ST | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080080809
- 1/06/2008 | 886 VEDADO WAY | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080061383
- 1/05/2008 | 164 4TH ST | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080051628
- 1/04/2008 | 799 PIEDMONT AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080041910
- 1/04/2008 | 742 MONROE DR | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080041241
- 1/03/2008 | 693 MYRTLE ST | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 080031948
- 1/03/2008 | 691 PENN AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080030071
- 1/01/2008 | 360 PONCE DE LEON AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 080011260
- 12/28/2007 | 791 PENN AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073620012
- 12/28/2007 | 743 PENN AVE | ATTEMPT BURG-FORCED ENTRY-RES | 073620817
- 12/27/2007 | 787 PENN AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073610872
- 12/26/2007 | 742 MONROE DR | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073600876
- 12/25/2007 | 734 CHARLES ALLEN DR | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073590967
- 12/15/2007 | 290 8TH ST | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073491601
- 12/13/2007 | 799 CHARLES ALLEN DR | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073471237
- 12/10/2007 | 229 PONCE DE LEON AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073441912
- 12/07/2007 | 840 MONROE CIR | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073411158
- 12/05/2007 | 687 KENNESAW AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073390962
- 11/25/2007 | 631 MYRTLE ST | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 073291629
- 11/10/2007 | 751 PIEDMONT AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073140680
- 11/10/2007 | 855 PIEDMONT AVE | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073140560
- 11/04/2007 | 393 7TH ST | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 073081363
- 11/01/2007 | 369 9TH ST | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073051588
- 10/30/2007 | 759 MYRTLE ST | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 073031530
- 10/24/2007 | 873 VEDADO WAY | BURG-NO FORCD ENTRY-RESID | 072971401
- 10/06/2007 | 930 CHARLES ALLEN DR | BURGLARY-FORCED ENTRY-RESIDENC | 072791247
Supplement 2: Same six-month period in 2014/2015 – Pulled fresh from APD crime map during in May 2015 (and not recycled from existing MPSA reports). 7 counts = 80% decrease from same 2007/2008 period. At least some of these have been reported via the MPSA website.
- 03/16/2015 | 250 10TH ST | #150752286
- 01/25/2015 | 418 4TH ST | #150250445
- 12/10/2014 | 265 PONCE DE LEON AVE | #143441953
- 11/20/2014 | 710 MYRTLE ST | #143240007
- 11/18/2014 | 904 CHARLES ALLEN DR | #143221641
- 11/11/2014 | 711 ARGONNE AVE | #143150871
- 10/07/2014 | 346 5TH ST | #142802639
MAJOR INCIDENTS FOR MAY & JUNE 2015
For this bulletin we examined reported burglaries, robberies, aggravated assaults, and other serious incidents in the MPSA service area reported in May & June.
#151802983 – 6th & Argonne – 6/29/2015 – ROBBERY
REDACTED NARRATIVE: On 06/30/15 at approximately 0014hrs, I was dispatched to 6th & Argonne in reference to a Pedestrian Robbery Call. Upon arrival, I spoke with the VICTIM whom stated that he was robbed at gun point by two black males and his iPhone 6 (black) was taken. VICTIM stated that he was standing at the intersection of 6th St Ne/ Penn Ave NE talking to his mom. He stated that when he was done talking with his mom, he began to walk toward the incident location when he realized that a dark in color sedan (possibly 1990 Honda Civic) ride alongside him. He stated that two black males (at least one male with twists in his hair, a white tee shirt. and a silver in color pistol) did get out of the vehicle and force him into an alley just behind 295 6th St NE. He stated that the males both pointed pistols at him and began to search his pockets. He stated that the males were able to take his iPhone 6 from him but did not take any other items. He stated that the males also pushed him to the ground and kicked him on the left side of his head. Mr. VICTIM also stated that the males got back into the vehicle and fled towards Argonne Ave NE. He stated that he ran the opposite direction and was unable to see which way the vehicle turned on Argonne Ave NE. He was unable to provide a tag# or good description of vehicle/ second suspect at this time. Mr. VICTIM did refuse EMS at this time. Inv. S**** #5525 was also at the location and did get a written statement from the victim.There did not appear to be any cameras in the area that would have captured this incident. We did attempt to track the iPhone but was unable to track it at this time. Mr. VICTIM was provided a case number for this incident.
#151800063 – 4th & Argonne – 6/29/2015 – ROBBERY
REPORT NARRATIVE (REDACTED & SHORTENED): [Police alerted around 12:25am] Mr. VICTIM, stated that he was robbed at gun point. He further stated that,”As I was exiting my parked car at 4th and Argonne Ave, two black men in their early 20’s jumped out of the bushes and one pointed a Glock type of pistol in my face. The other took my wallet and searched my car. After they robbed me. they took off heading north on Argonne Ave. Both had dark clothing and one had a red bandanna which fully covered the top of his head. The other had a thin mustache. Mr. WITNESS1 and Ms. WITNESS2 witnessed the crime.” Later Mr. VICTIM notified me that his Samsung Galaxy 85 was taken as well. I spoke to Mr. WITNESS1 and he stated that, “WITNESS2 and I were parking her car on Argonne Ave at 4th St. when I observed a robbery at gun point taking place at least five yards from my location. Mr. VICTIM, a friend and co-worker was getting out of his car when two black males approached him and put a gun in his face. One male was wearing a red bandanna. The gun was a semi automatic, maybe a .45 cal. I immediately jumped back into the car and called 911. The two males took off on foot towards 10th St.” Ms. WITNESS2 stated that, “VICTIM, WITNESS1, and I were parking to visit a co-worker at the corner of Argonne and 4th. VICTIM drove separately and parked on the 4th St. corner. [While parking in a tight spot] I turned to look behind me on the right to back up and saw VICTIM being robbed at gun point by two black males. One was going in his car and I didn’t get a good look at him. The one with the gun was approximately 5 feet 8 inches, medium build and had a short haircut. The gun was a semi-automatic black handgun. As I noticed the robbery, WITNESS1 did as well and went around the front of the car and jumped in my back seat. We pulled forward 20 yards to avoid becoming a the next victim and called 911. We backed up to check on VICTIM and the men were gone. This was about 12:30 after picking up VICTIM we waited 10 minute for police to arrive.”
#151703265 – 9th Street – 6/19/2015 – Burglary
SUMMARY: On 06/19/2015 at 11:48pm a call came through the City of Atlanta 911 Center that two males were seen climbing a fence and entering a residence on 9th Street. When police entered the home, they found one male crouching in the bathroom and arrested him after a brief struggle. The second suspect jumped over a rear wall and got away. Police identified this suspect as Christopher McGriff. The suspect in custody told police that “it was my friends idea!” and that his friend suggested that the house probably “has some nice stuff inside.” McGriff also stated that they saw the keys in the lock of the back door and opened it. MCGRIFF was charged with Burglary in the First Degree and Obstruction and taken to the Fulton County Jail. Warrants were taken out for the second suspect, who still has not been apprehended and booked as of this writing.
#151650568 – 8th & Argonne – 6/14/2016 – Robbery
REDACTED NARRATIVE: On June 14, 2015, I Ofﬁcer N**** (1504) responded to 900s Argonne Ave around 3:45am. in regards to a pedestrian robbery. Upon my arrival, I was met by two victims, Mr. VICTIM1 and Mr. VICTIM2 who stated that they were walking South on Argonne Ave between 8th St and 7th St when two black males, approached the two and took $30 and a cell phone from Mr. VICTIM1. The two suspects, both wearing shorts, one wearing an American flag bandana around his face, and the other had dreads. The victims stated that that was the best description they could give. The suspect with the bandana pulled out a small black/blue handgun (non revolver) and demanded their belongings, then took off towards Ponce De Leon on foot. The suspects match the description of the suspects related to [another robbery] call (151630552). [Research Note: this other robbery occurred at Piedmont & 12th] I had the victims fill out a witness statement and forwarded the statement to Zone 5 CID. Both victims were informed of their case number. I advised Sergeant B****(1596) and Investigator D****(4384) of the situation. I observed no cameras in the area.
#151630359 – 10th & Juniper – 6/12/2015 – Robbery
SUMMARY: [2am hour, close to same time as other robbery on this date] Two female victims from out of town had just left Blake’s (10th & Piedmont) and were waiting to cross the street at 10th & Juniper, when two black males came up behind them, produced a gun, and told them to “give it up.” The male holding the gun was described as sporting dreads and wearing a white sweat shirt with three red stripes. The victims could not provide a description of the second male because they were focused on the gun in their faces. . Ms. VICTIM1 handed the males her silver Michael Kors purse. The other male reached inside of Ms. VICTIM2’s pockets and pulled out her iPhone 6. The males then ran east on 10th Street from the incident location. When they walked around the corner, they noticed a dark colored sedan leaving from the area at a high rate of speed. They could not discern if there was a third suspect involved. One of the victims described the gun as being a small caliber black and grey in color, and even believed it was a toy gun.
#151630371 – 400s 10th Street – 6/12/2015 – Robbery
SUMMARY: [2am hour, close to same time as other robbery on this date] The victim was on the sidewalk of his apartment building in which he lives smoking a cigarette with his cellphone in his hand, when two black males walking west on 10th Street stopped to ask for a cigarette. The victim gave them a cigarette and the two continued to walk a few steps as if continuing on their walk west on 10th Street. The two suspects turned around and pointed a handgun at the victim. The victim did not say anything, but instead immediately threw his cellphone on the ground as hard as he could. One of the suspects then picked up his cellphone, and the two began running east on 10th Street towards Monroe Drive. The victim described the suspects as two black males, early 20’s, one wearing a grey hoodie, and the other wearing a polo shirt with a green, yellow, or blue stripe across the front. One of the males had short dreads and the other with a short haircut.
#151603026 – 800’s Argonne – 6/09/2015 – Robbery
SUMMARY: This report is adequately summarized at http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/pair-beaten-robbery-near-midtown-bar-scene/nmcdx/
#151601263 – 700’s Penn Ave – 6/09/2015 – “Burglary”
SUMMARY: A contractor doing renovation work on a house returned one morning to find that a power washer was missing. After contacting the homeowner, they believe that a worker may have taken it. The police advised that they should prepare some information for a warrant on the individual. [MPSA research findings:] As of this writing Fulton County jail records do not show a booking for the named suspect related to this incident. The crime map marked this as a burglary, but this is more like a larceny.
#151570673 – 800’s Juniper Street – 6/06/15 – Robbery
On 6/6/2015 at around 4:45am the victim was robbed near 8th & Juniper on the street. The victim had been left stranded at a nearby bar when his friends left without him. While waiting to determine what to do, a black male with slender build and a full beard with sideburns came along with a gun and told him to “give it up.” The suspect took $20 from his wallet and his cellphone, and then fled south on Juniper. Police canvassed the area but did not find anyone fitting that description. The victim was not injured in the robbery.
#151550058 – 300’s 8th Street – 6/04/15 – Robbery
6/04/15 shortly after midnight – The victim was walking his dog on Glendale terrace when a black male wearing a white tank top and dark shorts, and red bandana covering his face, approached him with a revolver handgun and told him to “give it up.” He did not have anything, and the suspect hit him in the head with the revolver. During the altercation, the victim heard a voice yelling and the suspect fired two shots as he ran up Glendale Terrace towards 8th Street.
Later in the night another officer making a traffic stop on North Avenue noticed a male in the vehicle matching the description provided earlier. The victim was transported to the location of the traffic stop, and told police that he believed the male in question to be the one who robbed him. But the suspect stated he was using the ATM machine at Chevron located at 490 Whitehall Street SW and had a receipt with a time stamp of 12:25am in his posession, which is very close to the time of the robbery in question. The suspect stated that he was traveling to a friend’s house on Auburn Avenue NE when he was stopped. The APD ID unit arrived on scene to perform a gunshot residue test to determine if the suspect had recently fired a gun. The suspect was released from the scene pending results of the residue test. Fulton County jail records do not show any arrests related to this case, so we are withholding the suspect’s name at this time.
#151491096 – 486 Ponce – 5/29/2015 – Robbery
On 5/29/15 at around 9:25am an APD officer on motorcycle was flagged down by someone reporting a robbery and pointing to a male crossing the street as a suspect. The informant was a customer of the Shell station at the Ponce & Monroe who walked in on a robbery in progress and immediately fled the building when the accused pointed the gun at him.
According to the police report, the accused first went to the lottery desk and then suddenly jumped over the counter and demanded off of the store’s money as he held a gun to the clerk’s head. It was at this point when the suspect pointed the gun at the above-mentioned customer who entered the store and then fled. The accused took the money and left the location on foot. With the help of additional APD units, the motorcycle cop intercepted the suspect fleeing on foot. Once in police custody, the suspect was found with $1500 in loose money, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber with the hammer pulled back, and items from the store. According to the police report in the case, the customer who flagged down the motorcycle cop and the two associates from the store positively identified the accused as the robber. The store manager was able to pull camera footage of the incident for police to put into evidence. No injuries were reported.
The accused, identified as Erunta Kennedy, was taken into custody and cited for Armed Robbery (§15-8-41), Aggravated Assault (§16-5-21), Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony (§16-11-106), Possession of Frearm by Convicted Felon (§16-11-131), and Forgery in the 1st Degree (§16-9-1). He is a repeat offender with several entries in the Fulton County jail, along with history for various offenses in Douglas County. This latest robbery seems to be most serious charge to date, and he remains in the Fulton County jail ineligible for bond. We are very grateful that one of Atlanta’s Finest happened along at the right moment.
#151480273 – 800’s Glendale – 5/28/15 – Burglary
At around 2am on 5/28/15 a resident on Glendale Terrace was awakened when her bedroom was shaken by loud and violent banging coming from the apartment below her. She called 911, then her landlord, and fled her apartment to her car to wait for police to arrive. While in the car she watched a man covered in mud approach the main entrance of the building coming from the rear of the property, who then slammed himself against the locked front door and broke it open.
When the police arrived on the scene, the man told them he was a resident of the building and that he was subleasing the apartment. The landlord arrived at the property shortly thereafter, and told police that he was not a tenant. In addition to damaging the front door of the building, the suspect had broken a hole through a brick wall into the crawlspace of the building. Police arrested the suspect, identified as Daniel Williams.
The APD crime mapping feature classified this to be a burglary, but his booking record shows 2nd Degree Criminal Damage To Property, Criminal Trespass, and Loitering/Prowling. He bonded out three days after the arrest. No other history has been found on this individual.
#151451055 – 800’s Vedado Way – 5/25/2015 – Burglary
Residents came on the morning of Memorial Day and found the front door smashed in, and the house ransacked and missing a considerable amount of its content. The burglary took place during a 48-hour absence from home.
#151400638 – 5th & Piedmont – 5/20/2015 – Car break-in
At around 7am a resident observed a chronic street person breaking into a car at 5th & Piedmont, and called 911. Police canvassed the area, found the suspect a block away, and brought him back to the scene where the witness visually identified Demarco Presley as the one who broke into his neighbor’s car and took several items. The owner of the vehicle was located, who identified that a set of headphones in the suspect’s possession as being hers. Presley, a repeat offender who has been on the MPSA watchlist for quite some time, was taken to the Fulton County jail on charges of Entering Auto.
Presley has a very long criminal history. He is currently in jail for the 24th time, and has also been in city jail for other offenses. This is also his 7th booking since being released from his 4th prison stint in 2012. He appeared on the vice arrest logs in 2012 after an arrest off of Cypress Street, so he serves as a classic example of why we need something like the SOAP (Stay Out of Area – Prostitution) Ordinance. Presley remains held in the Fulton County jail held on $13,000 bond.
#151242761 – 600’s Argonne – 5/04/15 – Robbery
At around 11:30pm the victim was walking home on Argonne near 3rd when two black males walked up to him and demanded his bookbag. When the victim refused to comply, one of the suspects told the other to “waste him.” The victim then saw “what appeared to be a handgun, dropped his bookbag, and ran. The victim was not harmed, nor was the bookbag taken after all. Description of suspects: both 5’10” to 6′ in height. The first suspect had braided hair and a “reddish dark complexion,” and wore a red shirt. The other had short close haircut. Police canvassed the area but did not find any individuals matching this description.
#151242641 – 700’s Argonne – 5/04/15 – Robbery
At around 10pm a food delivery person was robbed in the Penn & 4th area by three males. One of the suspects had a handgun, and they demanded that the victim hand over everything he had, including money, wallet with personal documents and financial cards, a cellphone, and car keys. The suspects then beat the victim, causing him to sustain a laceration to his forehead and a bruised elbow. The suspects then ran south on Penn and drove in a dark colored sedan. Suspect descriptions: All black males, seemed to be in their early 20s with medium-dark complexion. One suspect had a low haircut and other curly hair. The third suspect was about 6 feet tall wearing a dark shirt with a white curly design on the front.
#151252758 – 200’s Ponce – 5/05/15 – Robbery
Shortly after closing time the owner was sweeping the laundromat when a black male appeared in the front of the business. It appeared to the owner like the individual intended to take some clothes hanging on a rack, so he asked what he was doing. The male just turned around and left the laundromat quickly. About 20 minutes later, while the owner was still cleaning the rear of the business, heard his wife screaming. As he came towards the front of the business, he saw the same individual from 20 minutes earlier robbing his wife at gunpoint at the front counter. The suspect was screaming, where’s the money? Then the suspect jumped over the counter and struck the owner’s wife in the head with the handgun. Once he extracted the money from the owner’s wife, he fled west on Ponce.
Another individual walking north on Myrtle Street below Ponce saw the suspect running toward him, and was immediately suspicious. The suspect tripped and dropped a large kitchen knife onto the sidewalk. The suspect continued running toward Publix/Walgreens. After that encounter the witness continued north on Myrtle then on Ponce until he came upon the laundromat where it became clear as to what he had just seen. Suspect description: Black male, age 35 to 40, 5’09” to 5’10” in height, 165-180 lbs, low haircut or bald, partial beard or scruff, wearing a glossy black or dark blue jacket and black or blue pants. Armed with a silver handgun.
#151332304 – 700’s Myrtle – 5/13/15 – Burglary
We learned of this incident via Nextdoor.com. According to information posted, the residence on Myrtle Street was broken into between 3:30-5pm. The victim reported that laptops were stolen, and the culprits also rummaged through drawers. The victim did report this to the police. We have no other details at this time. Other than large multi-unit buildings with secured entry, this is our first weekday daytime burglary year-to-date.
#151221597 – 800’s Penn Avenue – 5/02/2015 – Burglary
On 5/02/2015 (Saturday!) during the 2pm hour Police responded to a burglary call in the upper part of Penn Avenue. While the resident was in his basement watching television, he heard the door close upstairs as someone left. Upon checking out the situation, he discovered that a white male in his driveway with items taken from the house. As the suspect attempted to flee, the resident tackled the offender and caused him to drop the items. The offender fled leaving the stolen items behind, and the resident called the police.
The resident advised the police that he used to know the offender from a group that they were both part of years ago. He had since learned that the one breaking into his home smokes meth frequently and “might be Schizophrenic and/or bi-polar.” After taking the report from the victim, police noted in the report that they sought the offender. The landlord confirmed that he lived there but had not seen him in several days.
MPSA RESEARCH NOTES: Fulton County jail records still do not show a booking for the offender named in the report, nor do we find anything on this individual in public records or social media. It is unclear to us whether the offender knew whose home he was breaking into or if it was sheer coincidence. About the same time as the burglary, another resident on that block wrote to us about an irrational person running around the neighborhood. The menacing individual was described as a white male, wearing a red shirt and blue jeans, and “clearly high on something.” He ran into someone’s backyard asking those residents to call the police because “people were after him.” The description of this individual was consistent with the burglary suspect reported above.
MAJOR INCIDENTS FOR MARCH & APRIL
For this bulletin we examined reported burglaries, robberies, and aggravated assaults in the MPSA service area.
#151190455 – 500’s Ponce – 4/29/15 – Aggravated Assault
On 4/29/15 during the 4am hour, at a fast-food establishment on Ponce, a disgruntled customer driving a white VW Beetle in the drive-thru began yelling obscenities, and then threw and struck the drive-thru clerk with orange juice just purchased. As a co-worker intervened by trying to close the drive-thru window the offender, described as a light-skinned heavyset black female, got out of her vehicle and waved a small handgun and pointed it at staff inside the establishment. The offender then drove away. Staff at the restaurant did capture a tag number, but the police report in the case indicates that the vehicle was stolen.
#151162531 – 400’s 8th Street – 4/26/15 – Robbery
During the 10pm hour on 4/26/2015 a robbery call was lodged from 8th Street across from Grady High School. After leaving a restaurant at Midtown Promenade, three victims were walking west along 8th Street near Charles Allen when they noticed a silver Chrysler sedan pull up behind them. The offending vehicle pulled up to the victims and one of the occupants asked, “what are y’all doing?” At that point three black males exited the vehicle, two of which with firearms, and took the victims’ wallets and cellphones, among other items. One of the victims was then struck several times by one of the assailants, leaving him with a bloody nose. The victims advised police that their cellphones had tracking software installed.
#151143323 – 400s 10th Street – 4/24/15 – Robbery
On 4/24/15 at approximately 10:30pm the victim was walking home from 10th & Piedmont when the offender, described as a black male wearing a black T-Shirt and red shorts, about 5’7″ in height and 18-22 years of age, approached him on 10th Street across from the park and asked to use his cellphone. The victim offered to turned on the cell phone speaker and as he dialed a number given, the offender produced a revolver. The victim lost an iPhone, a wallet, and a backpack in the robbery. The offender then fled the area. Police canvassed the area, but were unable to locate a suspect.
#151133279 – Myrtle & 4th – 4/23/15 – Robbery (Carjacking on Myrtle)
4/23/15, 10pm hour – From APD’s official info via Facebook:
APD team work leads to quick arrest! Zone 5 [Coverage includes Midtown area] officers responded to an armed robbery call where the victims were robbed after parking a car. The suspects pointed a gun and demanded the victim’s cellphones, car keys and drove away in the car.
Zone 1 [covers NW Atlanta] officers received information about the incident and recognized the stolen car. Officers observed a male fitting the description of the suspect sitting in the driver’s side of the car and two additional suspects standing near the car with the doors open. The officers approached the car and the suspects fled on foot. A foot chased ensued with officers catching two suspects, recovering the stolen cellphones and car keys. Officers also found two guns in the stolen car.
The two suspects were arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft by taking auto, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, obstruction, and false representation to police. APD is still looking for the third suspect. [NOTE: At least one suspect under 18]
#151071174 – 265 Ponce – 4/14/15 – Burglary
A burglary was reported at 265 Ponce. We have no details on this case. This is a large multi-unit building with secured entry, interior common hallways and a parking deck.
#151031953 & #151031648 – 10th & Piedmont area – 4/13/15 – Burglary:
Several apartments were broken into in a large apartment building with secured entry. The offenders would first have overcome secured entries into the building before breaking into the individual units.
#151003209 – 300’s 9th Street – 4/10/15 – Burglary
At 10:30pm on 4/10/15 officers responded to a burglary call in the 300 block of 9th Street. The resident left home around 5pm, and returned around 10:30pm to find that someone had entered the patio area in the rear of the home and stolen a bicycle. There were no signs that the thief entered the home, according to the police report. MPSA NOTE: This is unusual because burglaries do not normally occur in the evening hours. Someone was prowling around the neighborhood at a time when plenty of folks are at home.
#151002728 – 224 PDL – 4/10/15 – Aggravated Assault
This was the situation where the security guard shot at a customer leaving Mary Mac’s. More details in news reports.
#150892823 – 931 Monroe – 3/30/15 – Robbery
A 15-year-old Grady High School student was jumped by four males as he walked home from school during the late afternoon/early evening. His cell phone was forcefully taken out of pocket in the parking lot of a shopping center, near its entry to the Beltline Eastside Trail. He went to a nearby business to get help. The cellphone had tracking capabilities, and police were able to track it. It remained turned off overnight, but when it was turned on the next day, police tracked it to Grady High School. Because of the sheer number of students, they had to wait until school was dismissed to monitor the phone’s movements. Once they zeroed in on the phone as it moved off campus investigators caused the phone to emit an alarm. They apprehended not far from campus and charged three juveniles with Theft by Receiving. One of the juveniles admitted to being the one who forcefully took the cellphone from his fellow Grady HS student – his charges were upgraded to Robbery by Strongarm.
#150800592 – 300’s 5th Street – 3/21/15 – Agg Assault
On 3/21/15, at around 4am, police responded to a call from someone at Argonne & 5th reporting armed individuals roaming around the neighborhood. According to the reporting person, two black males jumped out of a truck and waved a silver pistor at him, but did not make any statements. The potential victim immediately took cover behind some nearby bushes as he called the police. The reporting party told police that he was unable to get a good description of the threatening individuals because as that stretch of 5th Street is rather dark. In all, the reporting person told police that he saw a total of three individuals circling the block in two cars.
#150710358 – Juniper & 3rd – 3/12/15 – Robbery
The victim was walking home from a bar in the neighborhood when he was approached by two black males in the vicinity of Juniper & 3rd. One of the culprits asked the victim, what he had in his pockets. When the victim replied that he did not have anything, the first suspect punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The first suspect then went into the victim’s pockets and took money from him, while the second suspect kicked him repeatedly in the face. The two suspects fled on foot, and the victim walked to a nearby convenience store to call the police. The police report in the case noted that the victim had bruises and lacerations to his forehead.
WSB-TV ran a story about a home intrusion on 6th Street this past weekend. This was the third such recent incident which has become a pattern of home intrusions in the neighborhood. While these particular offenders do not appear to have acted with serious criminal intentions, these are always very frightening for the residents affected.
In a late-evening incident this past Saturday, a resident on 6th Street near Durant was at home entertaining guests when suddenly an individual barged into his home asking for money. The resident and his guests had moved from an enclosed patio area to inside, when the subject suddenly walked in through the unlocked patio door. The resident immediately called 911, and then followed the suspect to Ponce de Leon Avenue where he was intercepted by off-duty police officers working an extra job in the area. At online forums other residents on the same block reported attempted intrusions by apparently the same individual very shortly before this incident. The suspect, identified as Andre Thomas, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of Criminal Trespass. Upon researching this individual, we found that he had just been released from prison in Michigan for Burglary. We found no other local booking history on him.
- You can read the rest of the story at WSB’s report here: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/man-says-stranger-walked-his-home-asking-money/nkhbh/.
In another incident, an elderly man on 9th Street was awakened at 7am by an drunken intruder on a Saturday morning earlier this month (3/14). The victim managed to drive the intruder out of his home with a broom, but when police arrived the intruder was trying to enter a nearby neighbor’s home. The intruder, identified as Nathaniel Jenkins, was promptly arrested on misdemeanor charges of Criminal Trespass, Prowling, and Public Drunkness. Our thorough investigation of his background turned up no other criminal history, and his Facebook profile leads us to believe that this individual had simply been drinking irresponsibly all night long and had no serious criminal intent as he intruded into the victim’s home. Still, the incident left an elderly resident very shaken.
In our previous Major Incidents report we reported on someone crashing into a home on 4th Street near Charles Allen Drive. During the 2am hour, also on a Saturday into Sunday night, a resident was awakened to the sound of someone banging on the front door and then crashing through his living room window. The resident came downstairs, with his firearm drawn, to find a drunken stranger sitting on his sofa cursing and acting in a boisterous manner. He held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived. Police arrested Ricardo Mora-Olivares for Criminal Damage To Property In The 2nd Degree and Public intoxication. According to the police report in the case, the suspect told the arresting officer that he had been drinking at a local bar, and that he was just looking for a place to sleep. The victim told police that the suspect inflicted $4200 worth of damage to a front door that he recently installed. The suspect bonded out of jail two days later.
We will monitor these cases and share findings with you because a strong statement needs to be made about intruding into people’s homes – especially in a frightening manner. While the victims were unharmed in these particular incidents, home intruders come with very dangerous (and even deadly) intentions for their victims in many cases. We therefore urge everybody to double-check doors and windows to make sure they are secured – it is very easy to forget doors and windows not frequently opened. Your first line of personal defense lies in making sure unattended doors and windows are securely locked as a matter of habit.
We leave you with a couple of 8-minute personal defense videos covering the possible outcomes to home intrusion situations, and issues surrounding their aftermath.
- A scenario involving a rather harmless home intruder: http://www.downrange.tv/blog/intruder-in-the-house-scenario-from-the-best-defense/23975/
- And one involving a dangerous home assault: http://www.downrange.tv/blog/elderly-home-invasion-scenario-from-the-best-defense/25402/