Street Criminal Watch 11/19/2013

November 19, 2013 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comments Off 


Trans Gang

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Hosea Smith aka “Peaches,” was released from prison in Florida on 6/30/13, and came back to Atlanta. He was out in the trans area regularly during the summer. Not even two months later, on 8/18/13, he was back in jail for drug offenses along with warrants in Clark and Douglas Counties. On 11/08 he was booked back into the FC jail on failure to appear warrants. It is not clear if he ever was released to the street from any of those other jails – ​we suspect he was handed back to Fulton once the other places were done with him. He remains in jail not eligible for bond, and we are hoping that the Department of Corrections will be coming for him ​soon.

Ralph Odom made the news this week (AJC and Midtown Patch covered the story), when he got into a car with a stranger during the 4am hour and ended up getting shot on St. Charles. We all know who’s bad about getting into cars with strangers in the wee hours of the morning so we checked out the story. We find that Odom is among the trans prostitute gang, and has a history of vice arrests. He told police that he was walking home from the store, but we find that he somehow got stuck in the trans prostitute area for a couple hours. He was seen ​turning tricks during the two-hour period leading up to the incident. Showing a mugshot to some of the trans prostitutes the next night, we further confirmed that he was out turning tricks that night. A neighbor living at the crime scene found a freshly used condom on ​his porch, and this is not an area where prostitutes routinely service their johns any more. This unfortunate incident s​how​s​ what street prostitutes draw into the neighborhood.

Others

Dennis Stallings – Score a big one for the law abiding folks in the community. Remember the rash of robberies back in February? Well, that thug got bundled up and shipped off for good. The primary suspect, Dennis Stallings was handed 5 life sentences for several charges arising out of this incident. One of the attorneys from the Fulton DA’s office reported on her Facebook profile that both Stallings and his mother exhibited “anger and loss of temper” in the court room before Judge​ Kelly Amanda Lee​ handed down the sentence. A Midtowner summed it nicely on his Facebook profile: KARMA is when a guy decides to spend 2 hours of his life to do 5 armed drive-by muggings, 3 of them in Midtown, and gets caught by APD red-handed by a victim’s Find-My-iPhone app. JUSTICE is that in just 30 minutes, a jury sent him to no-parole prison for 5 life terms.

Donald Rayfield, known as “Ray-Ray” on the street, was recently locked up for possession of meth and shoplifting. Rayfield is a known street hustler and convicted burglar occasionally seen in the Ponce & Boulevard area. Despite his extensive prison record in South Carolina and Georgia, and chronic arrest history here, he was given another slap ​on the hand. Fulton County gave him probation for the possession of meth (on top of existing probation), and time served on the shoplifting charge. He was in jail a month.

Jeffrey Dills was recently paroled from prison, and wasted no time getting back to the drug life at Ponce & Boulevard. He is seen loitering among the druggies around that intersection, and came to our attention as a result of suspicious and nuisance activity. We have advised numerous businesses of his presence, and have been in contact with his parole officer. He has 22 entries in the Fulton County jail alone, for all kinds of offenses including Entering Auto, Forgery, and drug offense. His parole record shows a Macon address, but is supposed to be transferring to the Atlanta area office. He usually wears a red coat, but in warmer weather one can see he is all tatted up like a methhead felon.

We got word that Brandon Burchfield will not be recycled through the drug court program for the umpteenth time. The ADA handling the case has reviewed his history, and because of his demonstrated incorrigibility ,​ drug court will be a no-go this time. We received another report from someone in the neighborhood that hired him for yard work that he went into the house and stole some items including an iPad before skipping out without finishing the work he was paid for.

Jessie Williams, also known as Jessie Sanders, was finally caught breaking into a car this week. Last year a pattern of chronic car break-ins developed at a member business on Ponce. We monitored the location closely, studied the pattern, and determined a time frame in which the perp struck. During a stake-out, he was about to break into a car when he suddenly noticed he was being watched. While nothing happened that night, we had identified the person to watch from that point on. We watched him closely for 15 months, and noticed that the break-in pattern coincided perfectly with times he was not in jail.

​Last Sunday night into Monday (11/11) a customer of the business left a vehicle overnight, and we watched it closely​.​ ​Jessie Williams ​ was spotted​ crouched behind that car at 5am, ​and ​fled ​ as his presence on that property was investigated . ​A police unit was coincidentally driving along Ponce at that moment and stopped him for suspicious person running, and we we immediately alerted them that their subject had just broken into a car. Further, the car had been check ten minutes earlier and was known to be OK at that point. Upon arrest, he fought very violently with the police. Like so many other criminals, he has a very long rap sheet in Fulton County and with the Department of Corrections. He was booked on a number of charges arising from this incident – Entering Vehicle, Battery with substantial harm, and Obstruction. Once at the jail he generated another charge – attempting to remove weapon from a public official.

He was also working for a business on Ponce, but this business will not take him back should he be released from jail. He remains in jail as of this writing ineligible for bond. We have been waiting on this arrest for a long time…



OUR CRIMINAL PROFILES IN GENERAL

May 3, 2013 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 


Where they are not coming from

Channel 2 ran a story on Monday during its newscast about a number of inmates at the Atlanta Transitional Center on Ponce with a sentence status of “life” with a background of (nominally) very dangerous offenses. After seeing Channel 2′s story we took another look at the place, and still believe that our long-standing observations still hold. But our research did turn up 30 offenders among that facility’s stated capacity of 257 with a sentence status of “life.” Those among the ones we found are in there mostly for murder, but also some armed robbers and rapists are among them. Only one was a minor (14) at the time of offense. Factoring out that one minor (now 32 years old), the average age at time of offense was around 27. While it may seem scary that this facility has 30 inmates currently incarcerated for murder, rape, and armed robbery, a mitigating factor lies in the fact that these inmates committed these offenses 20-30 years ago for the most part, with one case dating back to 1975. We have never known for that facility to house a Charles Manson or a Lawrence Singleton.

When searching for those with a sentence status of “Life, no parole” we get no hits among present and past inmates there. The only limitation in our information is that a facility search only turns up inmates whose latest institution is the Transitional Facility. Recidivists and violators would not turn up in this search criteria – those offenders would have a most-recent facility of somewhere else. Details and important data regarding recidivists, absconders (absconding from this facility is technically considered to be an escape), and re-assignment would have to come from more extensive research.

Other than the listed offense and calculating age based on data, nothing is known about the circumstances under which these crimes occurred. But in our ten years of operations, we have not known for inmates in that facility to cause trouble for the surrounding neighborhood nor have we known for any offenders to remain in the area after release from there, other than one unusual case that came with plenty of reassurance that this individual would offend no further.

Our experience and observations regarding the transitional center

The Transitional Center on Ponce / Photo from GA Dept of Corrections

The Transitional Center on Ponce / Photo from GA Dept of Corrections

The Atlanta Men’s Transitional Center on Ponce houses pre-release inmates for the Georgia Department of Corrections, who are technically incarcerated but are allowed to leave the facility to go to jobs out in the city. It is not like they are able to come and go as they please, and they live under supervision. Whenever they are not at work, they are to remain inside that facility. They go to their jobs following specific routes prescribed on a case-by-case basis. As we understand it, only very low-risk inmates get the privilege of being assigned to that facility. Inmates who violate the rules, or do not return promptly from work or other authorized leave, are quickly remanded back to a higher-security facility. Except for a brief stop at a convenience store (likely requires permission), there is no interaction between the Transitional Center and the surrounding community.

In the ten years we have been in operation, we have never had any issues with inmates at the Transitional Center on Ponce. Only one of the criminals we have indexed (currently over 300) has been known to have finished a previous sentence there – he has been out of the system for several years and has not re-offended or even re-appeared in Midtown. The inmates there always return to other areas of the state. Furthermore, at least one of our member businesses routinely employs inmates from the Transitional Center through a re-entry job program, and none of them have ever generated problems for the community. Despite watching this place closely for ten years like we do with other factors affecting the neighborhood, we just don’t have any dangerous or even problematic situations involving this place to report to you. As far as we can tell, the program at the Transitional Center is working as it should.

Most Common Criminal Profiles in the MPSA Service Area

1. Inmates released directly from medium and maximum-security facilities

We have problems with inmates being released from medium and maxim facilities directly into the community and then appear or (usually) re-appear at places like Ponce & Boulevard where they pursue a life of street drugs and the criminal activity going along with it. These criminals are not going through any kind of rehabilitative programs, and have no intentions of moving beyond a life of crime.

They leave prison and go straight to Peachtree-Pine, the Open Door Community, or a motel like the Savannah Suites [Check out the reviews!] or the Ponce Hotel, and from there they quickly snap back into their life of street crime that got them into prison in the first place. The fact that they immediately come back to a drug & street criminal culture like that in Bedford-Pine, at Ponce & Boulevard, or among the trans prostitute gang clearly reflects their intentions to continue a life of street crime. We are also seeing parolees leaving prison and re-entering one of these groups of criminals driving the need for the MPSA.

On this point we generally oppose early release of offenders whose sentence emanated from cases involving Midtown. Since they are generally released directly from medium and maximum security facilities, without a chance to adequately test their fitness for life beyond prison walls (via transitional programs), we are unable to feel assured that we will not have any further problems with these offenders. In fact our experience has shown that the majority of Midtown-related inmates quickly resume a life of crime that got them locked up in the first place. In order to better protect Midtowners, we work to stop the release of such offenders back into the community.

2. Fulton County’s Drug Court and lax sentencing patterns

The failures of Fulton County’s Drug Court program very negatively affects conditions in the neighborhood. Too many Drug Court criminals slip away from the program only to return to Ponce & Boulevard and resume their same old criminal way of life. Our index of known criminals is full of those who have played the system by way of the Drug Court, and it is that segment that causes most trouble for us, by far. Fulton County tends to recycle chronic offenders through these programs, and often despite advanced stages of criminal living. In researching criminals coming to our attention, we often find references to drug programs despite very long criminal histories (Usually by Judge Downs or Judge Lovett).

We have also seen scores of criminals in Midtown who were sentenced to probation running concurrently with existing sentences. These offenders are also sent into court-mandated rehab programs over and over. We can certainly understand probation and rehab programs for first-time offenders. However we find it highly inappropriate to apply these kinds of sentences to those who have clearly demonstrated incorrigibility. As a result, the greater community continues to suffer the results of these criminals’ dedication to a life of crime.

Notables among these kinds of criminals:
While these are for the most part obviously not as serious as murder, rape and armed robbery, these are the kinds of offenders most intensively afflicting Midtowners. Many of the street prostitutes on our watch list remain chronic criminals in large part because of Fulton County sentencing practices. Also some of the robbery suspects in incidents earlier this year had been through Drug Court. Here are some examples from our actual experience with street criminals, and the presence of these kinds of criminals synergizes into an inordinate volume of patrol and public security needs for the neighborhood:

Daniel Holt burglarized a home in the neighborhood after having served three prison sentences and having been recycled through the drug court program.

Donald Rayfield, was imprisoned for a burglary just across the Beltline and was seen loitering on Ponce again within a week of release from prison. Previously he headed straight to Ponce after being released from prison in South Carolina, and went to jail on average of about every 45 days. He is currently in Dekalb County jail on auto-theft charges. The car belonged to someone living just south of our service area. http://www.midtownponce.org/ptag/donald-rayfield

Jackie Sue Hunter served a prison sentence for possession of firearm by convicted felon, and upon release immediately checked into the Ponce Hotel and resumed her life of street prostitution at Ponce & Boulevard. We continue to see her on Ponce regularly despite a judicial banishment from most counties in Georgia.

Kenneth Lamb, a three-time rapist who served 20 years during his latest prison sentence, headed straight for the drugs on Ponce. From there he started his menacing conduct, and has walked away from all court-mandated rehab programs resulting from several criminal cases since his release from prison.

Michael Blackmon was paroled from a sentence for trafficking methamphetamines. and appeared in Midtown almost immediately. His life of drugs on parole escalated into a burglary in the neighborhood. Despite being on parole for trafficking methamphetamines, Judge Downs sentenced him to drug rehab in 2011 on a meth charge. A few months later, he burglarized a house in Midtown. Again, Judge Downs only sentenced him to probation running concurrently with existing sentences. He did get his parole revoked and is now back in prison serving the remainder of his original sentence.

Jonathan Wells has been processed through Fulton County’s drug court program, and went on to burglary and other crimes. He was among the “Three Burglateers” in 2008 and did serve two years in prison. Upon release he came back to Ponce, and since then has been arrested on drug and theft charges. Judge Dempsey sentenced him to a residential treatment program in a case after his three prior prison stints. He was arrested this week for shoplifting, and last week he was seen by neighborhood watch prowling around on St. Charles Avenue during the overnight hours.

Andrew Arnett is another criminal that has been playing the system in Fulton County for years. Every time he is sentenced for a felony he ends up being sentenced to rehab and probation concurrent with existing probation. And every time his criminal activity becomes worse. He was finally sentenced to incarceration in a Gwinnett County burglary case, but that sentence runs out in September. Given that he likes to be near Gay bars (he had been a problem for most of the ones on Ponce), he will likely re-appear in our area. For that we stand a high risk that his next offense will take place right here in Midtown.

Lee Arthur Kynard, has for years, been in and out of jail for car break-ins and other offenses. Judge Downs put him through Drug Court in 2008, despite plenty of criminal history going into this. Kynard went on to breaking into more cars – he was arrested several more times afterwards. It was not until his last case that he was finally sentenced to a prison term (46 months). Atlanta Police believe that he was driving car break-ins along 10th Street last year.

Street Criminal Watch 4/24/13

April 24, 2013 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 

Here are some folks that look good in those orange jail uniforms…


Midtown Meth Dealer sent to Prison

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Heyward Hagenbuch, convicted meth dealer (GA Dept of Corrections)

Heyward Hagenbuch, convicted meth dealer (GA Dept of Corrections)

We are happy to report that a drug dealer we have been watching for quite a while has finally found his way to prison. Heyward Hagenbuch was sentenced last year to ten years imprisonment for Sale and Trafficking of Methamphetamines. Hagenbuch was arrested in May of 2012 when he attempted to make a $650 sale of methamphetimines to an undercover officer. According to the police report narrative, Hagenbuch texted the police decoy to meet him in the parking lot of Krispy Kreme on Ponce, where he was arrested when he produced the drugs. At the time of this arrest, his stated home address was on Ralph McGill Boulevard, but he had previously been known to live in different locations within the MPSA service area. At one of those addresses, neighbors kept us abreast on criminal activity. He was eventually arrested on a warrant in another jurisdiction. He has an extensive history of drug arrests in multiple jurisdictions across Georgia and Florida. The parole board has not set a tentative parole date, but we will certainly monitor his case and take appropriate action if it turns out to be an unduly short prison sentence. His max date is February 2023, according to Department of Corrections records.

Trans Prostitute Gang

Joshua McFee (Fulton County mugshot)

Joshua McFee (Fulton County mugshot)

Joshua McFee, known as “Chloe” on the street and who also keeps a high profile among the trans prostitute gang, was recently arrested when he tried to purchase goods at Walgreens with a fake $100 bill. He has a history of public indecency and cashing stolen checks, among other things. Every time he is released from jail he returns to the neighborhood to bring us more criminal activity. He was already on the watch list we shared with you earlier this year, and we would like to see him and his fellow trans criminals “sent down the road,” which is street jargon for getting sent to prison. Since his release from jail on 4/20 he has been seen walking the streets of the neighborhood at night.

Antonio Martinez Hunt (GA Dept of Corrections)

Antonio Martinez Hunt (GA Dept of Corrections)

Antonio Hunt – So far we seem to have been successful in averting a premature release of another participant of the trans prostitute gang. We sent a letter to the parole board opposing the release of Antonio Martinez Hunt, who “went down the road” after a conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. That arrest came out of a trespass incident on Myrtle Street when he was making himself at home on some stranger’s front porch. Unfortunately he has a max date of July of this year, so this neighborhood is faced with the prospect of once again having a street prostitute known to carry a gun prowling around the neighborhood – very soon. [Previous: http://www.midtownponce.org/index.php?s=antonio+hunt]

Christopher Stockton (GA Dept of Corrections)

Christopher Stockton (GA Dept of Corrections)

Christopher Stockton, another trans prostitute that used to hang around Ponce & Penn at times, went “down the road” after being convicted for burglary in Coweta County. Since last year he has been serving his third prison sentence, and has a max date of February 2016. We will monitor his parole date, which has yet to be set. [Previous: http://www.midtownponce.org/p728.html]

Armaine Britt (Fulton County mugshot)

Armaine Britt (Fulton County mugshot)

Armaine Britt, another trans prostitute coming into the neighborhood every night, was arrested last week after throwing a rock at a car and cracking a windshield. This one was already on our watch list. The victim was conducting neighborhood watch work, when he came upon Armaine Britt lying in wait on someone’s porch with a rock. After canvassing the area for an hour, this criminal was apprehended and booked into the Fulton County jail. The prostitutes coming into the neighborhood at night are very territorial, and the SOAP Ordinance would provide another tool to get rid of this gang. MPSA is still working on getting this legislation passed.

Ponce & Boulevard

Donald Rayfield aka 'Ray-Ray' (Dekalb County mugshot)

Donald Rayfield aka ‘Ray-Ray’ (Dekalb County mugshot)

Donald Rayfield, a street hustler who has been on our radar for several years, was arrested in Dekalb County on theft by receiving (Auto). According to a police report, an officer making a traffic stop found the vehicle he was driving to have been reported stolen. Rayfield remains in the Dekalb County jail – Judge Hunter of Dekalb Superior Court signed an order denying bond on April 8th. He was previously sent to prison for a burglary just across the Beltline from us. Both before and after his last prison sentence and he keeps a high profile among the drug culture at Ponce & Boulevard, but he gets around too. He came under our radar after being released from prison in South Carolina and coming to Ponce. Prior to that he had spent nearly all of his adult life in prison for armed robbery – he’s clearly not fit for life outside prison walls, and neighborhoods like ours experience the results of his state of mind.

Eric Hair (Fulton County mugshot)

Eric Hair (Fulton County mugshot)

Eric Hair, another street hustler and druggie among the Ponce & Boulevard drug culture, was arrested recently for possession of meth. Police spotted him on a bicycle without operating a headlight at night – neighborhood observers had just seen him at the Ponce de Leon Hotel. He has a long criminal history of drug offenses and forgery, and was paroled from prison in 2011. Shortly after his release, he started hanging out at Ponce & Boulevard again, and visiting certain people at the Ponce de Leon Hotel (We have intel that he is staying at one of the motels in the Cheshire Bridge/Piedmont Circle area, but appears here for drug-related purposes). Fulton County recycled him through the drug court program as they notoriously do, but once they released him Gwinnett County charged him with probation violation (his assigned probation office is there), and we are under the impression that Gwinnett County takes these criminals more seriously than Fulton County courts.

Stan Spradlin (MPSA field photo a week before his latest arrest, coming out of the Ponce Hotel)

Stan Spradlin (MPSA field photo a week before his latest arrest, coming out of the Ponce Hotel)

Stanley Spradlin, another criminal frequently hanging around with the Ponce & Boulevard drug culture, was arrested recently for burglary and entering auto in the Virginia Highland area. About the same time a woman woke up to find Spradlin had entered her apartment through a window and then left with items when confronted. The victim recognized him as the one who gave her a ride home the night before from the Ponce de Leon Hotel where she had been visiting a friend. Several witnesses reported seeing two males loading items into a black Thunderbird, and it was found that culprits had just broken into several cars. With the information, Police immediately dispatched a unit to the Ponce de Leon Hotel and found Spradlin and another male unloading the black Thunderbird. On the police report narrative Spradlin gave the Ponce de Leon Hotel as his address.

Spradlin was released from prison at the beginning of this year, after having served a stint for a burglary in Virginia Highland. Since his release from prison he has generated suspicious person reports after going door-to-door in that area, and has also been hanging around Ponce & Boulevard. His accomplice, a Ben Elder, was charged with misdemeanor theft by taking.

Tommy McGuire, aka 'Diamond' alleged pimp operating out of the Ponce Hotel (Fulton County mugshot)

Tommy McGuire, aka ‘Diamond’ alleged pimp operating out of the Ponce Hotel (Fulton County mugshot)

Tommy McGuire aka “Diamond”, another long-term guest at the Ponce de Leon Hotel was arrested for pimping and possession of Cocaine on April 10th. According to sources on the street, he has been working out of the Ponce Hotel to “manage” his girls. Our Community Prosecutor told us that the pimping incident itself occurred somewhere in the Fulton Industrial Boulevard area. According to the police report in this arrest, McGuire told an undercover that he had 21 women working for him in different places around the city. He was seeking to bring an undercover female officer posing as a prostitute under that umbrella. Once he was put under arrest, police found 9.1 grams of crack cocaine and nearly $7500 in cash in his pocket. Within 48 hours he was released from the Fulton County jail. McGuire was convicted last year in Dekalb County for burglary, and was already on probation for that and another felony conviction.

MPSA NOTE: Except for Spradlin and Hagenbuch, all of these criminals are known for involvement in street prostitution, and each illustrates the need for the SOAP Ordinance and other strategies to rid Midtown of these criminals.

 


Street Criminal Watch 10/12/2011

October 12, 2011 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 

Updates on some of the street criminals that we are tracking…

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CRIMINALS UNWANTED

Spencer S. – In our last Eye on Midtown we reported that he cropped up in the jail logs again for prowling and public drunkedness. We have learned that he is the “Underwear Prowler” arrested in Buckhead last month. He tried to gain entry into people’s property wearing only underwear, in a very intoxicated state of mind. We have posted a picture taken of him shortly after his arrest. Spencer has maintained high visibility in our area off and on over the last few years for drug and prostitution-related purposes, though not recently.

Kenneth Lamb was released from prison on 9/20, and is now stalking the streets of Atlanta again. He was recently arrested by the Atlanta Police in the Sylvan Road area on charges of terroristic threats and sex offender registry violation. It is unclear from the county website whether he has been released (main search feature shows him in custoday but the bond and visitation lookups do not show him in custody). Lamb was known as the barefoot panhandler who menaced people in the Midtown and Virginia Highland area. Even though he has not appeared in our area, that could easily change given his history over the last five years. This dangerous individual has a long history of drug use, terroristic threats, and rape. He has spent most of his adult life in prison, including a fully-served 20-year sentence for rape. Public records show 13 bookings for him in the Fulton County jail alone over the last five years.

Daniel Lee Holt was handed a 20-year sentence for a burglary, but the Department of Corrections shows a max date of 3/03/2014. The parole board records show that he may receive a parole date on top of that, but they have not set it yet. That could prove to be problematic for us in the neighborhood where he committed his last burglary, but we will address once they set his tentative parole date. In March 2011 he burglarized a home on Myrtle Street, and has been held since. We will watch his status closely throughout his prison sentence.

Justin Dean-Andrews has been sentenced to twenty years for a wide range of offenses including burglary and auto theft, but will serve only five. The Department of Corrections shows a maximum release date of 5/08/2016. Tentative parole date remains undetermined. In May of this year he entered the garage of Viewpoint to steal a car, and then came back driving the stolen car to break into some more cars. He was arrested when he took the stolen car to Georgia State Patrol to claim personal belongs held during his previous arrest for driving without a license (among many other charges). That smile on his Department of Corrections mugshot suggests that he’s happy with his life right now, so parole might not be appropriate for him…

Shannon Brock – It is unclear whether he has been released – the main search feature shows him to be in custody, but the bond lookup does not show him to be in custody. We have not received a response from the parole department regarding his case.

Donald Rayfield also remains in the Fulton County jail on $25,000 bond for auto theft and other charges. In his latest case the victim reported to police that he brought Rayfield home to spend the night, and woke up to not only find Rayfield gone, but also his keys and Jeep Liberty. Rayfield was arrested at some later point in the car.

Andrew Arnett remains in jail ineligible for bond. Because of his chronic criminal activity in and around our neighborhood, he remains a higher priority court watch case for us.

Amanda Davis – word on the street is that she skipped parole in Indiana and came right back here to our neighborhood. We have not seen her yet, but she does have a warrant here for her arrest dating back to when she skipped town the last time. Amanda maintained high visibility in the Ponce & Boulevard area as a prostitute and drug user when she was here before. By virtue of her long criminal history she is clearly unwanted around here.

Mugshots of these criminals:

Street Criminal Watch 10/02/2011

October 2, 2011 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 

Donald Rayfield, a street hustler who wasted no time getting back to his drug life on Ponce after being released from prison, has been locked up again. He had served two years for a burglary in the area before being released in June. His new charges are Theft by Receiving Stolen Auto and Giving False Info to Police. He appears almost daily at Ponce & Boulevard. We will proactively court-watch him until he is sent back to prison.

Brandon Burchfield, the subject of a previous article regarding the shortcomings of drug court, has been sent to Bainbridge Substance Abuse Center. This is run by the Georgia Department of Corrections. He has been arrested at least a half dozen times this year alone on felony charges, and is reputed to peddle stolen goods in the Ponce & Boulevard area.

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CRIMINALS UNWANTED

Spencer S., who used to frequent Ponce & Boulevard for illicit purposes, cropped up again in the jail logs. He was arrested almost a year ago when he attempted to break into a business on Cheshire Bridge Rd. As part of his sentence he was to pursue a drug rehab program. He was recently locked up on charges of loitering/prowling and public drunkeness. This is another example of how defendants play the system in the drug court program.

Walt W., who was arrested last year for possession of stolen motor scooters, has moved away from the area. Police discovered the motor scooters when they went to the property looking for street criminal Andrew Arnett, who frequented this residence.

Andrew Arnett remained at large for a long time after bolting from the courthouse last year upon learning that he was being court-watched by neighborhood folks. He, too, recently cropped up in the jail logs at long last – Andy’s up to his same old tricks. On 9/17 he was booked into Fulton County jail for several charges, including Auto Theft by Recieving, Possession of Meth, and Obstruction of Officer. Arnett’s history demonstrates a classic example of a street criminal who plays the system for years. Every time he gets his hand slapped, he wastes no time returning to a life of street crime. Through the court watch program we were able to affect a banishment from Ponce on a previous case, and he finally quit coming to Ponce once he understood that we are very serious about not having him around.

Jackie Sue Hunter, a middle-aged, life-long prostitute and street criminal in the area, has been making appearances in the area despite her banishment from most of the state of Georgia. She has been described on the street as a one-woman crime wave of her own. We are working to have probation officers cite her for violation of probation. It is a matter of time before we will be court watching her again to make sure she is put in her proper place.

The many reasons our neighborhood needs the MPSA have names like Jackie Sue Hunter, Andrew Arnett, and Donald Rayfield. These street criminals negatively affect the quality of life in our community, both collectively and individually. We work not only to fund the most effective patrol possible, but also to eliminate much of the need in the first place. For now, court watch opportunities are forthcoming…

Mugshots (from Fulton Sheriff’s Dept) and MPSA field photos:

More information about these chronic offenders by clicking on their names in the tags below.


Burglar Back on the Streets of Midtown

June 23, 2011 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 
June 2011

June 2011

Back in 2009 the Atlanta Police arrested an area street criminal and drug addict as he attempted to burglarize a business on Ponce de Leon Place. In the several years leading up to that incident he was criminally active in Midtown and surrounding area. He was booked into Fulton County jail ten times for offenses ranging from drug possession to auto theft and burglary. He became a court watch case for us, and was sentenced as a recidivist to two years in the state prison system.

Well, he’s baaaack! He wasted no time getting back to the drug life on Ponce, and area residents should be very attentive to his presence. Before his last prison stint he demonstrated a propensity to support a drug habit by committing crimes in the neighborhood, most notably theft and burglary. He has been seen wandering in the residential area east of Monroe. He often maintains high visibility on Ponce, sometimes walking around shirtless, and in a drugged-out state of mind. We have posted some recent field photos of this criminal at the link below. While he is not yet wanted by the police, we ask you to let us know if you see him wandering around residential areas.

People like Donald Rayfield drive the need for a neighborhood patrol like ours. The more people who join, the more effectively we can work to protect you and your neighborhood against people like this…

Below is a collection of photos from our files. More mugshots at http://www.midtownponce.org/p1199.html.


Ponce & Boulevard issues

June 20, 2010 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 

1. Several weeks ago we developed a poster of notable court watch cases. This poster is aimed at the street criminals chronically loitering around the Ponce & Boulevard intersection. On this poster we feature not only selected recent convictions resulting in prison sentences, but also some other highly problematic individuals that we are monitoring. The posters have been put in strategic locations such as the Ponce de Leon Hotel and the Texaco station, where street criminals spend time. The message is simple: we are watching Ponce, and giving extra attention to people who make the area unsafe and disorderly. In the near future we will produce another poster of more problematic individuals in need of increased attention by police and prosecutors.

Mini-version of the Ponce unwanted poster:  http://www.midtownponce.org/news/unwanted1.pdf

2. APD recently announced that they have stationed an officer on bicycle on Ponce. This officer monitors problem areas, such as where drug activity most frequently occurs, and where day laborers loiter. We believe the addition of this police officer working on Ponce will have a positive affect on the quality of life there.

Donald Rayfield sentenced for burglary

October 9, 2009 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 

Donald Rayfield, an area street criminal and hustler known on the street as “Ray-Ray”, has been convicted of burglary, and sentenced to ten years, to serve two in prison and the remainder probated. Because he is a recidivist (prior convictions for a number of offenses including kidnapping and robbery), he will serve every day of his sentence. He remains in the Fulton County jail awaiting pickup from the Department of Corrections.

We are very grateful to see him go back home to prison, even if only for a couple years. Like many other street criminals, he has amassed quite a collection of jail mugshots in Fulton County, starting shortly after his release from prison.

AJC: Man arrested in rash of Midtown burglaries

June 18, 2009 · Posted in Newswire · Comment 

Chronic Street Criminal arrested for burglary

June 17, 2009 · Posted in Eye on Midtown · Comment 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the arrest of Donald Rayfield Perry in connection with an area burglary. He has been under our radar for quite some time, and we recently wrote about him when his sentence for a 2008 Ponce burglary maxed out. According to the AJC article, he attempted to burglarize a business a mere 100 yards from the one last year. He has an extensive criminal history, including a kidnapping conviction in South Carolina. He also engages in drug and prostitution activity in the Poncetown area. We will put him on our court watch list, and work to have him either incarcerated long-term, or banished from our area.


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