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. Content added since last is marked with “(New).”
(New) 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.
(New) 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.
(New) 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.
(New) 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.
(New) 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.
(New) 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 is a street drug user. She 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.
(New) Piedmont & 4th | #143300239 | 11/26/2014
#143300239 – Two officers investigating prostitution 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.
Here are some summaries of police report narratives from the six incident this year alone (this does not include the February 14th incident, so more are coming to the official stats!). While one was a business, the rest were pedestrian robberies reflecting much of the foregoing. We will update this page when new reports come in. These only include MPSA service area, while the map covers a larger area.
02/04/2013 130351638 / 400s 10TH ST NE
Previously reported – More Details:
02/04/2013 130351638 / 400s 10TH ST NE
At approximimately 3:30pm the victim went to the Midtown Blue office to make a police report. He reported that as he was walking home the night before, a “younger” black male approached him and robbed him at gunpoint near 10th & Taft. The suspect then ran west on 10th Street and entered a tan or silver vehicle that then drove west on 10th. As part of the investigation police investigators reviewed public security camera footage at Midtown Blue, but were unable to pinpoint such a vehicle druing that time frame frame. The victim lost a cellphone during the incident, unfortunately the phone does not have a tracking app.
02/03/2013 130342139 / 650 PONCE DE LEON AVE NE
The victim was robbed at gunpoint at the bus stop in front of the CVS drug store across the street from Ponce City Market during the 8pm hour. The suspects gave over a bookbag containing a cellphone, MP3 player, and wallet. The suspects, two black males, then ran east on Ponce with the loot. Later in the evening, a car was in a wreck in the 600 block of Eastlake Drive. Police were unable to locate the occupants of the wrecked car, but found the stolen bookbag inside of it. The victim of the robbery was advised to pick up his bookbag at the APD property hold.
02/03/2013 130341991 / 400s 8TH ST NE
During the 8pm hour on 2/03/2013 a police unit was reported to have taken place on 8th Street between Charles Allen and Monroe Drive. The two victims were walking from a residence near the 8th & Argonne to Midtown Promenade when they were approached by four black males as they passed Grady High School. One of the suspects pulled out a gun, and all four suspects demanded belongings. The victims pulled out their belongings and dropped them onto the ground. The suspects also demanded to know where the car was that went with the keys among the items dropped onto the ground. The police report does not indicate whether the car was later taken. The victims advised that they were artists, remember the suspect faces well, and “could draw them on paper.”
01/13/2013 130131974 / 400s 10TH ST NE
During the 9pm hour two victims were robbed in the 400 block of 10th Street. They had parked their car on Charles Allen Drive and were walking around to a friend’s residence when three black males yelled from behind, “Hey! Wait! Come back!” The victims kept walking but when they approached their friend’S residence the three black males surrounded them and robbed them at gunpoint. According to one of the victims, one of the suspects appearing to be around 14 years of age showed a long-nose handgun tucked in shirt. Among the loot were the keys to a victim’s car, which was shortly thereafter found to have been taken by the suspects. According to the police reports, APD was looking at two “possible suspects,” and we find that these two names are in the jail logs on incidents that apparently occurred later.
01/10/2013 130102766 / 10TH & PIEDMONT AVE NE
Responding officers spoke with the store clerk, who advised that a black male – about 5’10″ in height, wearing a purple LSU skull cap, gray pullover jacket, blue jeans, black pants, black gloves, and a black scarf – came into the store at approximately 9:22pm, approached the register, and demanded the money as he showed her a handgun tucked in his waistline under his pullover jacket. The suspect also wanted the money in the safe, but the store clerk did not have access to it. The suspect tucked the bag with money under his waistline with the gun, and walked out of the store. Security camera did capture the suspect, and Midtown Blue later advised that they had footage of the possible getaway vehicle from public security cameras.
Also during this incident, Sgt. Cooper and MPSA Board member Steve Gower coincidentally walked into the store about a minute after this suspect fled, as the store clerk was on the phone with 911. A witness believes that the suspect may be the one who fled in an Audi without a tag, and then MPSA pulled into the same parking space less than a minute later. It was not understood that a robbery had occurred until we reached the store.
UPDATE ON VALENTINE’S DAY ROBBERY SPREE (2/19)
Since our bulletin sent last Friday, APD has given us clearance to release photos and mugshots of the offender. Right now we have one name: 23-year-old Dennis Stallings. It comes as no surpise that we found extensive criminal history on this offender through public record searches. He was paroled from prison in December on a full sentence running until August 2014. According to police sources, he immediately began defying the terms of his parole by not charging his ankle monitor, and parole officers had not known his whereabouts since December 19th, a week and a half after his release. He was sent to prison in 2009 for a number of charges including Armed Robbery, Auto Theft, Aggravated Assault. Prior to his first prison stint, he had been in the Fulton County jail at least seven times for these kinds of serious offenses. This is a clearly incorrigible criminal who will stop at nothing. We hope that he will receive new prison sentences that will protect the greater community well beyond 2014, when his current sentence for major criminality runs out.
We do not have names on the remaining suspects, and do not know if arrests have been made.
Mugshots and photos:
Previous post: During the early morning hours of February 14th, a group of three thugs roving in the Midtown and Ansley Park areas robbed three individuals at three different locations. Later in the day police tracked down much of the loot from these robberies when one of the victims was able to track down his iPhone using a GPS app. Police moved into the location, and apprehended two individuals in possession of the stolen goods.
We have received the police narratives, but have been asked to hold off with the mugshot because police may need to present a photo lineup to the victims.
Two suspects were named in the reports, and so far only one appears in the jail logs. We do not yet see that the one suspect in the jail logs was actually involved in the robberies – he only has a charge for theft by receiving stolen property. Atlanta Police reported finding some of the loot from the February 14th day robberies in his possession. In addition to the charge for possession of stolen goods, jail records show that they have initiated a parole revocation (he was on parole for a full sentence expiring in August 2014).
The police have linked two more robberies in addition to the three Midtown/Ansley Park robberies based on the stolen goods that APD reported finding in possession of the one suspect we know about.
As an aside, it comes as no surprise that this perp is very well known to not only the police, but also to Fulton County courts.
Midtown Patch has written two articles about this string of robberies. We have also uploaded a PDF file with the robbery narratives. All of those are linked below.
- Midtown Patch: Arrests Made In Valentine’s Midtown Armed Robberies
- MPSA: Police Report narratives to 2/14/2013 robberies. Please note that this was hastily put together for expediency in getting the word out.
Internal notes: File #291
Christina Walker, APD Zone 6 Community Policing Inspector, shared with our Virginia Highland neighbors the following tips in the wake of the fatal robbery last week:
In a Robbery Confrontation: Never resist. Throw everything on the ground and run the opposite away. This includes vehicle keys, and cell phones.
Keep a “dummy” wallet, purchased from a bargain store, smaller and compact, on your person, with at least $10, or even $20, worth of one dollar bills inside the wallet. Several dollar bills makes it appear to be more money on a quick glance.
Place several business cards, and a fake credit or insurance card, a AAA, or fake AARP card inside. Any of the spam credit cards that come in the mail will do. Those cards look like the “real thing”, until you look very closely. Then if approached, the victim then throws down the dummy wallet, and runs away in the opposite direction.
Women who have been a victim of robbery, have reported to Officers on how they have resisted, demands to give up their purses. The least confrontation, conversation and time spent in front of a would-be robber or assailant, the better. Throw the purse on the ground, do not say anything and run.
Women walking alone day or night should not carry much of anything in their purses. Never carry bills or any other personal information. Do not walk with headphones on. Never leave keys to your home or vehicle in a handbag or purse. As much as possible, do not keep your drivers license in a billfold or wallet. You don’t want a criminal to know your name or where you live. It is best not to carry a purse at all.
Everyone should consider renting a PO Box, to receive mail. A box number can also be used as an address for your State Drivers License instead of your actual home address. Never carry your U.S. Social Security Card with you at any time.
Again, we encourage everyone to throw car keys on the ground away from them, and run in the opposite direction. We encourage citizens to purchase a tracker on their Lap Top Computers, and I-Phones.
Whether to carry pepper spray or a concealed weapon with a permit, is a personal decision, but having either inside a purse or backpack is discouraged, as time is a major factor on a face to face confrontation. They can also be used on you, so consider taking a self defense course to learn how to use them safely. If you do decide on pepper spray, make sure not to spray yourself with blow-back, and carry it in your hand when walking alone or at night.
Should you be confronted, scream as loudly as possible. Screaming fire also gets the attention of others. Victims often become so scared that they forget to scream. Screaming may bring a witness to a window or door, or to your aid. They may be able to see a person running away, or a vehicle tag number or description, and a direction of travel. Do not argue or become combative with your attacker and try to comply with his demands.
Never leave the scene with the confronter if it can be avoided. Do not get into a vehicle. Victims can fake being sick, throw-up, fake a seizure, or even a heart attack. Try to use bodily fluids to wet yourself or create a foul smell. Roll around on the ground if you cannot escape, eating grass will make you vomit. If you are placed into a vehicle, try to leave something behind. A piece of clothing, spit out your chewing gum, a lipstick, watch, or kick off a shoe.
Try to memorize a vehicle license tag number by using names, and ages, of family or friends, not by Military/Alpha, unless you have been trained to use this method.
If you think you are being followed by vehicle, never go home or to a friend’s home. Go the nearest place of safety – a fire or police station, a 24-hour gas station, drive down the middle of a busy street or the wrong way on a one-way street, a busy fast-food restaurant. Blow your horn continuously. Call 911 to get help on the way.
Please remind everyone again: The Crime Stoppers Unit at the Atlanta Police Department is confidential. If someone has information, a tip on a crime, they want to report something of interest, they may not come forward, if they are scared, or they may not want to get involved. If they do make that call, they do not have to give anymore information than they feel comfortable in giving, and they may even be eligible for a reward.