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 2015
For this bulletin we examined reported burglaries, robberies, and aggravated assaults in the MPSA service area. Check back here or watch our Facebook page because we will update this page with any new incidents reported in May & June.
#151630359 – 10th & Juniper – 6/12/2015 – Robbery (New)
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 (New)
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 (New)
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” (New)
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/
We have compiled report summaries for a number of selected incidents occurring in the MPSA service area during the months of January and February. In our research we focus on robberies and burglaries, as these tend to be the most disturbing situations that Midtowners encounter. We also look at other kinds of incidents with an eye toward situation that reflect some kind of hazard to the Midtown community as a whole. Unless explicitly noted, details are attributed to the police report in the given case.
#150532360 | Piedmont & 6th – On 2/22/2015 during the 9pm hour a woman was robbed at 6th & Piedmont. According to the police report, a black male, about 6 feet in height and of slim build, and wearing beige jumpsuit with dark-colered hoodie, followed her as she walked along 6th Street. Once he got close enough, he brandished a small silver handgun and demanded that she hand over her belongings. The victim dropped her bag and backed away. She noticed another male nearby standing near a small red vehicle parked on Piedmont just above 6th Street. For a short bit she lost visual contact with the two suspects, but both the car and the two suspects were gone when she looked that direction again.
#150513132 | Penn Avenue - On 2/20/2015 Zone 5 officers responded to a pedestrian robbery call in the 600 block of Penn Avenue. The female victim reported that as she parked her car, she was robbed at gunpoint by “two skinny Black males wearing skull caps, black jackets, and black pants.” The suspects pointed a silver revolver at her head and demanded, “give me everything or I will kill you.” At that point she gave them her purse containing her cellphone, cash, credit cards, and other essential items. Police units canvassed the area but did not succeed in apprehending the suspects.
#150471155 | Penn Avenue – In this case the male victim came into the police detachment on 2/16/15 to report that he was robbed at gunpoint a week earlier on Penn Avenue. According to the victim, he left Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge to check on his friend’s vehicle parked in the 600 block of Penn Avenue. The suspect came up on the victim from behind, pointed a black handgun, and said, “Let me have it.” The victim described the suspect as a Black male, about 6’02” in height and of a slim build, with dreadlocks, and wearing a hoodie and jeans. The victim surrendered a cellphone, set of keys, and his wallet containing cash, ID’s, and credit cards. The suspect then ran toward North Avenue.
#150073218 | Ponce & Argonne / 4th & Durant – During the 11pm hour on 1/07/15 police took a robbery report at Ponce & Argonne. The victim, a male cab driver, had picked up two males at Parma Rustic Tavern near the Mall of Georgia. The suspects directed the cab driver to take them to a location off of Ponce, where they attempted to rob him. The suspects told the cab driver to stop at an unfamiliar location, and that they did not have any money to pay the fare, and asked the driver to call a friend of theirs. At the time of reporting the incident the cab driver could not tell police where exactly he was robbed, as he was unfamiliar with the area. As the cab driver looked down at his cell phone to dial, one of the suspects struck him with some kind of hard object, and then demanded that he hand over his money. The cab driver took the keys from the ignition and fled the vehicle, and found his way to Krispy Kreme. According the victim, the first male was a Black male wearing a red and black jacket, and the second suspect was a Hispanic male wearing a black leather jacket and tan pants. Because the victim was unfamiliar with the area, he was unable to tell police at that time where his vehicle was. He was taken to the hospital for the injury sustained (police noted that he was bleeding heavily). After release from the hospital, the victim returned to the area and figured out the exact location where he fled the car and escaped from the robbers. The victim contacted police again to report that the incident had taken place in the 700 block of Durant (this would be close to its intersection with 4th Street). The vehicle was no longer at that location, and it is unknown if the suspects took the vehicle. The victim had fled with only a keyless remote, and the car would have been left running. He was also unsure if the suspects took the phone or if he dropped it somewhere as he fled the vehicle.
#150280920 | Penn & 6th – The male victim came into the police precinct on 1/28/2015 to report having been robbed on New Year’s Eve. He felt at the time that he did not see anything that would be useful in apprehending the suspects, but when he needed to change the OLN number on his driver license he was instructed to produce a police report. The victim reported that as he was walking through the area of Penn & 6th on 12/31/2014 he was approached by three Black males while he was looking at a map in search of his friend’s house. One of the suspects pointed a shotgun at the victim and stated,”Gimme that phone!” A second suspect reached into the victim’s pockets and took the victim’s wallet and keys. The three suspects left in a 2013 red Toyota Camry. The victim sustained no injuries. A few days after the robbery the victim saw a car in the same area very similar to the one from the robbery, and captured the tag number. The police report notes no findings on this tag number.
#150170223 | Monroe & Virginia – On Jan 17, 2015. at 1:21am APD responded to a Pedestrian Robbery call off of Monroe & Virginia Avenue. The first victim, a male, advised that around 1:10am he got into a car with a female friend he was expecting, but found that there were two additional males in the vehicle (the police report did not provide descriptions). He entered the vehicle into the back seat, when one of the unexpected passengers asked to see his cellphone. The victim realized that he needed to return to his building to retrieve something, and requested his phone back. Instead the suspect produced a handgun to rob him. The first victim attempted to flee the vehicle, but was pulled back in by one of the suspects who then searched his pockets and took his wallet. The second victim, a female and the driver of the car, turned around and saw her friend being robbed so she managed to flee the vehicle and hide behind a nearby parked car. The first victim was able to leave the car, and called his friend, the second victim who was originally driving the car, to come into the lobby.
It turned out that the second victim was on her way to the first victim’s home when she noticed two guys, whom she had met two days earlier, walking down the street near Kirkwood. She offered them a ride to their house but told them that she first had to pick up the first victim on the way. The two guys got in her car and came along. Once arrived at the first victim’s house, the two suspects made their move. After both victims had fled the vehicle, the suspects drove off with it. The second victim attempted to chase them down, but found the car abandoned not far away.
We’re happy to find no cases of burglary for year-to-date in the MPSA service area. The crime map for January does show a burglary on 4th Street, but we found this to be in error when we examined the police report, booking record, and court case for the suspect in the case (we share that report as a “Other Incidents” below).
Burglary prevention remains the top priority for the neighborhood patrol. If there’s anything worse than having criminals on the streets in front of our homes, it would be having criminals inside our homes. Home burglaries can be traumatizing in that the victim is left feeling quite violated. Our patrol deployment therefore focuses on weekday daytime hours when most of us are at work and the hours when residential burglars normally strike.
#150282853 | 8th & Juniper – On January 28, 2015 a shooting took place on 8th Street between Peachtree and Juniper. The male victim, who had been shot in the back, told police that he had been shot by two black males in a silver BMW. He apparently knew his assailants, and told police their names. Officers summoned an ambulance from Grady, and once the victim was placed onto the stretcher he quit talking to the police. Numerous bystanders witnessed the situation, and pointed police to the spot where the victim was shot. There police recovered a shell casing and a receipt as evidence in the case. AJC’s report on the case quoted an APD official explaining that they believed the situation to be drug-related. In the course of the investigation Atlanta Police issued a warrant for one of the individuals in the BMW, Joseph Ojukwa, who was arrested in Clayton County on 2/23/15. He was immediately turned over to the Fulton County jail, where he remains ineligible for bond as of this writing on several charges including Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. There is no word on the status of the other person allegedly involved.
#150250445 | 4th near Chas Allen – Late in the 2am hour on 01/25/2015 a resident was surprised by the sound of someone kicking in his front door and then crashing through his front 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. The resident also advised police that the accused’s “speech was slurred and he kept falling oft the couch.” He ordered the intruder to stay on the couch until police arrived. Once the police arrived, the suspect was still “cursing and acting in a boisterous manner.” The resident told police at the scene that he had just installed a new front door and new windows, and that the suspect had just inflicted around $4200 in damages. 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 suspect, Ricardo Mora-Olivares, was arrested on charges of Criminal Damage To Property In The 2nd Degree and Public intoxication. MPSA NOTE: We found this case through the crime map feature at the APD website where it was noted as a burglary. Neither the police report, his booking record, nor the court file on this case notes any charges for burglary. The suspect bonded out from jail two days later.
#150240511 | Piedmont & 4th – During the 3am hour on 1/24/15 an officer on routine patrol observed a suspicious individual looking into cars in the 700 block of Piedmont, and at the same time carrying a large wooden stick about 4-5 feet in length. When the officer stopped to examine the situation more closely and asked if any of the cars belonged to the suspect, he became belligerent toward the officer. First the subject refused to show the officer identification or reveal his name. The subject then poised the stick at the officer as if in batting position, and threatened to “finish” the officer if he stepped any closer. The officer then drew his Taser, and the subject then lowered his stick without letting go of it. Once the subject saw the device’s laser aiming at his stomach, he dropped the wooden stick. The subject tensed up as he was being cuffed at that point, yelling obscenities at the officer. The subject went on to say that he was a “sovereign citizen” and that he does not “follow [our] laws!” To the question of his name, the subject first replied “King Mark” and then told the officer upon request to repeat his name, “Mark Conley.” He claimed to be part of the “Moorish Federation” and that he would have other members of the federation declare war on the police. The subject kept making statements to the officer to the effect of, his day would come and that he “needed to watch out.”
The subject, fully identified as Markzavious Conley, was arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct #1:Violent Acts toward Persons, False Report to Police, and Possession of Marijuana. He was transported to the Atlanta City Jail. Fulton County records show previous arrests for Cocaine possession and Theft by taking.
#150070050 | Ponce & Piedmont – Shortly after midnight on January 7th, officers were dispatched to 163 Ponce in regards to a person injured in a street fight. The victim told police that a Black male with a white hoodie hit his face against a parking stopper. The suspect fled heading east on Ponce, but police intercepted him without incident at Ponce & Myrtle. Once in police custody, the suspect spontaneously uttered that he hit the victim because “he deserved it for talking about me.” The police report in the case further noted that the suspect admitted hitting the victim’s head against a parking stopper, and that he wanted the officer to arrest the victim “for talking bad” about him. When officers brought the suspect back to the scene, the victim confirmed that they had the suspect. The report noted that no relationship existed between the two prior to the incident. According to the report, there was considerable blood on the parking stopper. The victim was taken to Grady Hospital, accompanied by police units so they could take pictures of the injuries for evidential purposes. Police charged the suspect, identified as Jashua Plair, with Aggravated Assault and delivered him to the Fulton County jail, where he remains as of this writing with bond set at $25,000. Inquiry into the assailant’s background show several bookings into both Fulton and Dekalb jails.
Car break-ins are going strong as ever, and not just in Midtown. Street criminals prowling around count on people leaving laptops, briefcases, cellphones, and the like in their cars. These thieves are very crafty, and many suspects in this category are apprehended by sheer luck. They often grab such items within reach from the window, and they know that many alarms systems will not sound as long as they take from within reach and not open the car door. The stats for Zone 5 indicate that a great many of the victims come from either outlying areas or from out-of-town. Please urge visitors, family, business customers and friends to participate in the Clean Car Campaign simply by removing all items of value from their parked cars.
Suspects named in this report
The notorious fix-your-car scammer, Pedro Soto, has been back out of jail for a month now. Soto became the subject of a police search stemming from a June 2014 incident, when he pulled his car disablement scam on the victim and then allegedly robbed him by claiming to have a gun in his pocket. Once he “fixed” the car, he allegedly directed the victim to a nearby convenience store to buy cigarettes under the threat having a gun in his pocket. The victim reported to police of having been robbed of financial cards, personal identification documents, and $300 in cash during the episode. Once police issued an alert to the community, he was eventually arrested on 7/15/2015 on several charges including Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and Aggravated Assault. When his case came to trial, the charges were very heavily downgraded from the aforementioned felonies to a single misdemeanor charge of Theft By Deception. Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams sentenced him to time already served in jail. He was released back into the community on 2/10/2015.
Since at least 2010 we have been receiving reports about people who have been victimized by this vehicle disablement scam as they shopped at area businesses. Local media outlets have run numerous stories over the years about the fix-your-car scams in our area, and he was arrested on some of those occasions. He crawls underneath the vehicle to disconnect a cable in the engine area in order to disable the victim’s vehicle. When the victim is unable to start the vehicle upon return, this guy simply appears and offers to “fix” the vehicle for some cash. He seems to target high clearance vehicles, such as SUV’s. Soto also goes by numerous aliases, including Orlando Hernandez and Roberto Aguilar. He is originally from Cuba, hence the description of “island accent” frequently cropping up in suspect descriptions. He has 28 bookings for the Fulton County jail alone for things like Criminal Trespass, various theft offenses, and drug possession. For several years Midtown Tire, one of our community sponsors for the patrol, has regularly been receiving calls for assistance related to this scam, but his latest jail stay coincided perfectly with the longest period without reports of the car repair scam.
If you return to your car and find it disabled:
- Call Midtown Tire at 404-874-1112 – they will send someone out to reconnect the cable on the house.
- At night, call AAA instead (AAA can be quite a life-saver and is well worth the annual fee!) and have them come out.
- If you have a high-clearance vehicle parking by pulling through or backing into a space – this keeps the front undercarriage out in the open.
- In any case do not accept help from a stranger wishing to “fix” your car.
Some pictures of this individual:
On Friday (12/12/14) a resident in the 5th & Argonne area had two packages stolen from the front porch less than two hours after delivery. The thief was shameless enough to not even notice the home security camera recording him in the act. The video footage shows how he just walked up off the street, peeked into a window, and then walked off with the packages at the front door. The offender is a white male approximately 5’10” to 6′ tall, slender, and at the time was wearing a black skull cap, blue jeans, and was carrying a black backpack. We are committed to de-grinching this neighborhood during the holiday season and need for everybody to watch this video. Anybody with information or insight on who this guy is please let us know as soon as possible. If you see him around please call 911 and reference case #143481713.
Here is the video of the offense taking place:
And some still shots from the video:
Internal notes: File #397
We have updated this bulletin with additional reports that have come in lately. These are the November reports we have received to date. With one exception, the scope only covers the MPSA service area with a focus on robberies, burglaries, and situations involving unusually dangerous individuals.
Juniper & 3rd | #143330450 | 11/29/2014
#143330450 – On 11/29/14 during the 5am hour a newspaper deliveryman had his car stolen on the job at Juniper & 3rd. A black male approached him with a knife asking for his vehicle. As the victim was fighting with the suspect a black female jumped into the vehicle and sped off, heading north on Piedmont. The victim could not recall a description of the suspect, but was not injured in the incident.
933 Peachtree Street | #143321793 | 11/28/14
#143321793 – [While this is out of the MPSA service area, we share it because the offender was apprehended immediately afterwards] During the 8pm hour on 11/28/2014 an off-duty officer working an extra job at Taco Mac radioed for assistance in apprehending a robbery suspect. The officer had been flagged down by a witness to the incident pointing at the victim chasing the suspect. The victim chasing the offender led the officer into a parking garage on that block, where he lost sight of the suspect hiding behind some parked cars. Once the subject reappeared the officer drew his sidearm and ordered him to the ground. About that time backup units arrived at location to help place the offender into a police vehicle.
At the same time, a security officer at the location advised that she saw the offender toss a red purse along with a handgun under a parked vehicle, and took the officers to it. There, the officers recovered the victim’s red purse along with a semi-automatic handgun loaded with nine rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber.
At that point the officers could speak with the victim. She advised that she was walking along Peachtree Street when the subject came up behind her and put a “hard object” that felt like a knife or gun into her side, and pulled the purse off of her. The offender then started running with her purse and she gave chase. Once the officers apprehended the suspect she confirmed that the found purse was hers. The witness also started chasing until he came across the off-duty officer working nearby.
Atlanta’s Finest then hauled this offender, identified as Mark Fitzgerald Pinkins, to the Fulton County jail on charges of Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Crime. Like so many others, this one was by no means new to the police, complete with a long rap sheet and prison history. He remains in the Fulton County jail as of this writing, and will be liable to a very lengthy incarceration under the Criminal Code of Georgia once convicted.
700s Argonne | #143301765 | 11/26/2014
#143301765 – On 11/26/2014 Atlanta Police responded to a strongarm robbery call in the 700 block of Argonne Avenue, where the victim advised that she had given a stranger, described in the report as a black female, a ride from her office at 999 Peachtree. The victim described the offending female as a “homeless” woman often hanging around the block where she works. When the victim left work and returned to her car, the suspect approached her and asked for a ride to Argonne & 6th because her mother lived in that area. Once they arrived at that location the offender then grabbed the victim’s hair and demanded her wallet. The victim complied, and then the woman fled heading south on Argonne. The police report describes the suspect as a dark-skinned female wearing gray stretch pants, a gray jacket and a gray hat, and carrying a grey purse.
Myrtle & 9th | #143240013 | 11/19/2014 (Report date 11/20)
#143240013 – Just before midnight on 11/19/14 a neighbor was robbed at gunpoint in the Myrtle & 9th area as he walked home. As he was walking along Myrtle, a dark, older model Ford drove by and then stopped. Suddenly, two black males emerged from the vehicle and demanded the victim’s belongings at gunpoint. The victim described the assailants as two black males, one of which had dreadlocks with “some blond in them”, and a gold tooth. The other offender had shorter hair. They were both wearing dark clothing. The victim lives on a nearby street, and met the police there.
Location: 300’s 7th Street | Incident #143172978 | 11/13/2014
#143172978 - As the victim arrived home around 10:15pm from her dance class, a black male about 6’3” in height driving a maroon hatchback vehicle pulled up and stopped near her vehicle. As the victim was heading from her vehicle to her residence, the offender charged at her from his car and attempted to wrest her purse and duffel bag away from her. At point her neighbor came home, saw that she was in trouble, and charged at the offender. The offender then sprang back into his vehicle, in which another black male was riding, and sped away down nearby Argonne Avenue. The victim lost no property in the incident.
Location: 800’s Glendale Terrace | Incident Number: 143170009 | Report Date: 11/12/2014
#143170009 - Around Midnight on 11/12/2014 the two victims was walking along Glendale Terrace, when a black male in all dark clothing approached them from behind. The victims bolted into a nearby apartment building when the offender produced a silver handgun, with one victim dropping his wallet and cellphone while attempting to flee. The suspect gave chase, and cornered the victims in the hallway of the apartment building, and told them to look down. The offender then retrieved the dropped cellphone and wallet, and fled the scene. The victims described the offender as middle-aged black male with short curly hair, but did not see which direction he took once he reached the street. The police report noted that no cameras captured the situation.
900s Chas Allen | #143221641 | 11/18/2014
#143221641 – On November 18, 2014 in the 900 block of Charles Allen Drive called police to report that while she was at home, someone entered her garage to steal two mountain bikes. The offender(s) also gained access to a guestroom above the garage, where they stole a large flatscreen TV.
700s Myrtle | #143240007 | 11/20/2014
#143240007 – Shortly after midnight on 11/20/14 the victim came home in the 700 block of Myrtle Street to find that someone had entered his bedroom through a window and stolen his Playstation 4 gaming system. The offender had stood on a garbage can outside the bedroom to reach the window, which according to the victim would not lock all the way. A roommate was home at the time but did not hear anything given that he was at the other end of the home throughout the night. The report noted that neither the television nor any other item in the bedroom was stolen.
Location: 700s Argonne | Incident #143150871 | Reported 11/11/2014
#143150871 – A gentleman came to the precinct on 11/11/2014 to report a burglary at his daughter’s apartment that occurred in May 2014. Among the loot were jewelry, music instruments, stereo equipment, and firearms. The apartment had been ransacked, but it remains unclear why the daughter waited nearly six months to tell her father (who had co-signed the lease), who then filed a report. In probing into this suspicious report, we found that the daughter was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department in August 2012 for Possession of Heroin. She also had a DUI case in Dekalb County in 2010. She clearly had no business with firearms in her apartment to begin with, and we’re thinking there could be more to this story.
Piedmont & 4th | #143300239 | 11/26/2014
#143300239 – Two officers investigating prostitution & drug activity in the Piedmont & 4th area encountered Mr. Alfonso LOWE, and found that he had a “possible warrant” for his arrest. As the officers stepped out of the patrol vehicle to investigate him further, they saw that he was holding an unidentified object in his pocket. As they worked to secure the subject, they realized that he was holding a knife and was attempting to stab himself. The two officers had to deploy their taser several times as the subject continued to spin and stab himself. The officers got the subject to sit down on the curb for a few seconds, but despite the taser prongs still stuck in his body, he then he got up and ran away as he continued stabbing himself. The officers then drew their side arms as they commmanded the subject to drop the knife, to which the subject replied “shoot me.” Eventually the offender complied with police commands and was placed into custody. From the scene he was taken to the Grady Hospital detention unit, where he was treated for a total of 21 self-inflicted stab wounds. He was later booked into the Fulton County jail on charges of Reckless Conduct and Obstruction. Our research into this dangerous offender shows history for Aggravated Assault and Robbery. He remains in the Fulton County jail on these charges.
Vagrant activity on the property owned by the Bagiatis family in the 400 block of Ponce has recently escalated into a major magnet for drug activity. Every night up to 20 individuals camp in the storefronts of the 461/463 building (Domino’s Pizza, Best Wings, and the Ace Cash Express) and around the freestanding 447 building (Chico & Chang’s). The dark area behind Chico & Chang’s is also a spot for chronic nuisance loitering and drug activity generated by street people allowed to remain there. The photo gallery accompanying this post attests to vagrant activity – a tent in the rear, litter accumulation, and furniture parts around the property.
Drug activity runs rampant among these offenders, who can often be seen smoking crack on the property day and night. On 9/26/2014 Police arrested Tamiko Castillo and Cecil Smith for possession of crack cocaine on that property. After release from jail they reappeared on that property. The arrest occurred at the tables outside of Chico & Chang’s during daytime hours. David Swain was arrested on 10/16/2014 for possession of cocaine, near that location. He had been spending considerable time on the that property in the days leading up to this arrest. Swain has been on our watchlist for quite some time.
Drug dealing is also taking place on this property. People frequently come to the property to buy drugs, and they are clearly are not patronizing any of the establishments there. The typical scenario: the buyer will park at the rear of Chico & Chang’s, make contact with one of the street people, and then wait for someone to return to the site. After the transaction the buyer drives off. During that time these buyers never go to the building, let alone buy food.
These offenders present an adverse effect on the surrounding area, ranging from aggressive panhandling to serious criminal activity such as breaking into cars. On 7/23/2014 APD units caught James Avery Booker in the act of entering a vehicle and stealing items from it. In the days leading up to that he had been camping on the 461 property and loitering in the surrounding area. After release from jail he reappeared in the area, and frequented the that property at night. While he has not been seen in several weeks, he has a history of coming and going in the Ponce & Boulevard area. Enoch Prince, aka “Disco”, has been obtrusively begging in nearby traffic for years – he often appears on that property. Another individual frequenting this drug nest can be seen begging aggressively in traffic stopped on Ponce (see linked video).
Jackie Sue Hunter, one of the most notable criminals on our watchlist, keeps a high profile on that property. Almost every morning she can be seen at the tables at Chico & Chang’s. She was the most visible prostitute on Ponce when MPSA started operations in 2003. She has been criminally active since the 1970s, with the earliest case we have found dating back to a 1976 charge for unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of a noncontrolled substances. In probably her most notable case, she was among three criminals charged in 1980 with Murder and Armed Robbery. Her murder charge is showing on court records as having been dead-docketed, but she was convicted for the armed robbery. Department of Corrections records show that she served five years in prison for that. The main co-defendant in the case, a Gene Saunders, was convicted of both the robbery and murder, and was sentenced to life. A third woman was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and robbery in the case. Since then Jackie has continued quite a life of crime, as reflected by the many cases found for her in Fulton, Dekalb Counties, and Cobb Counties. We have video footage of her engaging in what strongly appear to be drug transactions.
Businesses on the site compound the problem – most notably Domino’s and Chico & Chang’s. From what we see while conducting observation work across the street, Chico & Chang’s does too little to stop the loitering on the property. Street people loiter on the property for extended periods at their outdoor tables and behind the business. Domino’s Pizza workers have been observed on several occasions taking pizza outside to the street people loitering and camping outside. We are seeking to exert pressure on these businesses and the property owner to give due consideration to the detrimental effects that this open-air drug activity inflicts on the surrounding community.
We have furnished our documentation to the Atlanta Police Department (excerpt here), and they are proactively working to address the criminal activity and public disorder there. Below we have posted pictures and a video of conditions at that location, along with pictures of the mentioned offenders.
Picture set 1: Scenes from this drug nest:
Picture set 2: Offenders named in this report
Video showing conditions on and around this property.