First the bad news: we had three robberies during the first week of August, with the stats covering only the first 11 days of this month. The good news, and it really is good news, is that in all three cases the perpetrators were quickly caught and remain in jail as we speak. We have posted mugshots of these suspects in the gallery below. These cases also come laden with significance in that they underscore three crucial challenges facing the neighborhood:
1. Fulton County courts sentence too many repeat offenders too leniently. With the 8/05 robbery we see how people in the community are being victimized by repeat felony offenders who should have been dealt with long ago.
2. The situation with street prostitution and drug activity in the Piedmont & 3rd/4th area seems to be escalating into a more serious matter. The 8/04 robbery demonstrates the Broken Windows theory in action – public disorder not suppressed escalates into increasingly serious criminal activity.
3. Many of our robberies are perpetrated by offenders coming from relatively far away rather than in the neighborhood or even nearby places like Bedford-Pine. The offenders in the 8/02 carjacking situation came up from Southwest Atlanta to scout for victims, so effective preventive measures have to be taken in part well outside of Midtown.
#152170393 – Juniper & 10th – 8/05/2015 – Robbery (strongarm)
On 8/5/2015 at 3:30am the victim was walking along 10th Street to his UBER ride after leaving Blake’s when he was approached by an unknown male asking for cash. The victim told the male that he did not have any cash, so the male lunged at him, grabbed him around his neck, and began to choke him until the victim fell to the ground. While being choked, the assailant went through the victim’s pocket and extracted some cash. After taking the money, the offender calmly continued along 10th Street toward Piedmont. A witness was walking along the other side of 10th at the time of the robbery, and told police that he had also been approached by the same offender a few minutes prior. Several police units, with the help of MPSA Patrol, canvassed the area and spotted the suspect at Juniper & 4th, an area alreadyinordinately plagued with street criminals. Both the victim and the witness were taken to the location of interception, where they positively identified the suspect as the perpetrator.
The suspect, Robert Williamson, was charged with Robbery and transported to the Fulton County jail where he remains as of this writing on robbery charges. This is his 26th booking at the Fulton County jail according to public records. He was also released from his last prison sentence in 2014 after serving less than an year and a half for another robbery, an offense for which the Georgia Criminal Code provides for 20 years imprisonment. His periods of incarceration keep getting shorter and shorter, and this offender has been recycled through the drug court program in recent years. This offender has also been known to deal drugs on the street, and was banished from the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park area as part of sentencing in a previous offense.
#152160049 – 300s Ponce de Leon Avenue – 8/04/2015 – Robbery (pepper spray)
Shortly after midnight police on 8/04/2015 responded to a call about a male screaming as he was running in the roadway. Upon arrival they found that the victim had been pepper-sprayed by one of the street criminals frequently loitering in the Piedmont & 3rd area. The victim was walking to Krispy Kreme when what he described to police as a “male dressed as a female. wearing a wig and a purple dress.” He further told police that the assailant ran up behind him, asked for $5 and then solicited him for sex, both of which the victim declined. The perpetrator then became angry, pepper sprayed him, and demanded his wallet. The victim started to run as he pulled out his cellphone to call 911, but because he was disabled by the pepper spray the assailant grabbed it out of his hand and fled.
Because the victim’s phone had a tracking app, police were later able to locate the offender several blocks away on Piedmont. When police reached the location where the phone was showing, they noticed an individual toss some objects into some nearby bushes. Police intercepted the individual, now identified as Cedric Mitchell, and recovered the victim’s cellphone and pepper spray from the bushes. Mitchell was transported to his 15th booking in the Fulton County jail on charges of Armed Robbery, Simple Battery, and Theft By Taking. This offender has prior convictions for drug and theft offenses. It is also worth noting that this offender often sports a big smile in his jail mugshots (see collage in gallery below).
#152140391 – 295 Ponce – 8/02/2015 – Carjacking
As the victim was leaving the Eagle nightclub, he was approached by two black males that seemed to be yelling homophobic slurs at him. Once he got closer to the two males, “they [seemed] nice and needed a ride to Vine City MARTA Terminal,” so he allowed the two men enter his vehicle. Once all seated in the vehicle, the male in the back seat began going through his things, and the other then said that they needed to go pick up someone else. So the victim rescinded the offer to take them to Vine City. One of the males then began striking the victim and then pulled out a handgun while continuing to strike him. At that point they took his phone and his wallet, dragged him out of the car and threw him onto the ground. Then they drove off with the vehicle.
Once officers put out a bulletin on the carjacked vehicle, police units in Southwest Atlanta located it and arrested one of the suspects. Police there noted that he seemed to be wiping prints off of the vehicle. The victim was taken to the location of interception in Southwest Atlanta, where he positively identified the detained suspect as being among the pair that robbed him. The suspect arrested, Sheridan White, was taken to the Fulton County jail on charges of Hijacking A Motor Vehicle, Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Armed Robbery, and Obstruction or Hindering Law Enforcement Ofﬁcer. He remains in the Fulton County jail ineligible for bond according to public records. The police report also noted that “voluntarily stated that he was due in court on Tuesday 8/4/2015 for Receiving Stolen Property (stolen vehicle) and that it was said to be afﬁliated with a gang.” Public records confirm an arrest for these charges this past February.
Police believe they have identified the other suspect, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. So far nobody has been booked into the jail under that name. We will update once a booking is found.
Suspects named in this report:
MPSA has observed an increase in armed robbers entering our neighborhood in cars, striking quickly, then exiting the neighborhood. We urge folks to be aware of their surroundings when walking around late at night especially in areas with poor lighting, and to avoid distractions such as cell phones. Awareness of your surroundings and early recognition of potential trouble is your first line of defense, whether in Midtown or elsewhere. Midtown’s vibrancy and access are what make it so special to all of us, but vigilance is critical.
#152122991 – 400s Greenwood – Robbery – 7/31/2015
[Summary] During the 11pm hour two men in a silver SUV held up a woman as she was walking into her home. According to the police report, she was standing in front of her home texting, with her back toward the street, when she was suddenly pushed from behind and to the floor of her porch. With a gun pointed to her head, she was robbed of her purse and cell phone. As suspect description in the report, the only detail was two black males. The victim was so shaken that she did not get a good look at them.
#152023173 – 700s Argonne Avenue – Robbery – 7/21/2015
[Summary] As they walked along Argonne at 4th toward 3rd Street during the 11pm hour, two victims were approached by two young black males armed with handguns. When the victims noticed they were being followed, the offenders closed the gap and robbed the victims They then left the scene calmly, headed north on Argonne. The victims described the males as being in their mid to late 20’s. Cellphones and keys were taken.
#152022900 – 300s 10th Street – Robbery by snatch – 7/21/2015
[Summary] During the 9pm hour a would-be victim flagged down police to report that someone had just attempted to snatch his bag. The would-be victim did not comply, and nothing was taken. Police canvassed the area but did not find the suspect.
#151992592 – 265 Ponce de Leon Ave – Aggravated Assault – 7/18/2015
[Summary] During the 11pm hour on 7/18 two women got into an intense street fight. Once police arrived they began interrogating two women about the fight, one of whom already had a gash over her eye. Then the woman swung and struck the one with the gash. Once the belligerent woman was brought under control, she was booked into the Fulton County jail on aggravated battery charges.
#151942842 – 931 Monroe – Carjacking – 7/13/2015
[Summary] Around 11pm three victims were on their way back to the car parked in front of Starbucks when a car with four black males pulled up, and then robbed and carjacked the victims. The victims were unhurt. Around 5pm on the next day police intercepted a group in southwest Atlanta with multiple cars that had been carjacked in other places, including the one here in Midtown and another from Douglas County. One of the suspects had keys to additional vehicles that had been carjacked in other places. The arrestees extracted from the Midtown car (who were not necessarily the four culprits the night before) were ages 12, 16, 16 and 15 The arrestees pulled from the vehicle carjacked in Douglas County were ages 15, 16, and 20. The suspects all live in zip code 30311, in southwest Atlanta.
#152000000 – Glendale & 8th area – Misc. Serious Incident
[Summary from victim] “[We] I were awakened around 11:30pm by repeated knocking on our front door. We looked outside and saw 4 black men walking around our front and back yards. One in the back was walking around smoking and peering into our back windows. We called 911 and the police arrived within 2 minutes. Long story short — they caught and arrested 3 men, none of whom were armed but all have criminal records and prior convictions for burglary (2 are on probation). The police [told us] this was textbook casing and were certain they were going to break in — which apparently just happened in a very similar way in the 300 block of 9th St. While we were being interviewed, [We] also saw a gold minivan in front of our house idling before we called 911. About 20 minutes after the police left with the first 3 in custody, they came back and asked us to identify a minivan down the street (parked in front of a neighbor’s house). It was the same one [we] had seen. They found a 16-17 year old black male hiding in the van – which is registered to the grandmother of one of the other three. The police arrested that person as well. While I was walking home, he shouted “You’re dead” at me from the back of the police car. [We believe] a 5th person might be out there — the guy in the back she saw looked about 40 — but he wasn’t one of the people caught. (I’m guessing the van was going to be driven up our driveway).” MPSA note: A gun was found on the property of a nearby neighbor’s house, which leads us to believe that this crew may have had some very bad intentions. Three suspects were arrested in this incident, and we have identified two of them (the full police report will not be available until a later date). Their mugshots are below. Court records show Cory Roberts to be on active probation for burglary, and Jarquavious Pierce has a felony conviction for Theft.
Two of the arrestees from the Glendale & 8th incident
#151952327 – 800s Myrtle Street – 7/14/2015 – Burglary
[Summary] At 3:40pm on 7/14/2015 a home on Myrtle Street was burglarized and robbed while the homeowner was taking a nap with the dog upstairs. A thin, tall African Americam male around 18-20 years old with shoulder-length braids stole four laptops, and spent about 10-20 minutes in the house based on surveillance video. It is believed that he had prior knowledge of the home, which is currently under renovation. A video of the suspect is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRsy-uuXAS0, and still shots have been shared on Nextdoor.com.
#151940801 – 700s Monroe Drive – 7/13/2015 – Burglary
[Summary] On July 13, 2015 between 1:40 am and 3:30am, at least two men stoled thousands of dollars in computers from a commercial building in the 700 block of Monroe Drive. A video of the suspects is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuynlg5rFN0
#151893099 – 600s Durant – 7/09/2015 – Robbery
I Sgt. P**** responded to a pedestrian robbery call at 600s Durant Pl. Upon arrival I spoke with both victims, Mr. VICTIM1 and Mr. VICTIM2. They both stated that they were standing outside of their apartment smoking a cigarette when 3 black males walked up to them. One black male wearing a white t-shirt pulled out a sliver handgun and stated, “shut the fuck up and get on the ground.” One victim got on the ground and the other stood with his hands up. The other two suspects then went into the victims pockets. They took a Nexus 85, keys. wallet with ID, Visa Credit card, $47 and a pack of cigarettes from Mr. VICTIM2. They went through Mr. VICTIM1’s pockets, but he did not have any belongings on him. The suspects began to walk away. As they walked away they said he can have the cigarettes back and threw them on the ground. ID 7338 came out to the scene and processed the cigarette package. There is a halfway house on the corner that has cameras pointed towards where the suspects walked and possible captured them walking right before they committed the robbery. I spoke with the Georgia Corrections officer working inside, and he said that they would be able to pull the tape in the morning. Investigator 5529 came to the scene to debrief the victims. There was no injuries. Phoenix was raised and canvassed the area for the suspects.
#151893045 – 300s 8th Street – 7/08/2015 – Robbery
On 7/8/15 I was dispatched to a pedestrian robbery at 323 8th St NE. Upon arrival I spoke with Mr. VICTIM. Mr. VICTIM stated that he was outside his apartment and two black males came up on him and pulled a silver handgun on him. The males forced him to lay down and started stealing his property. They took an iPhone 65, Wallet with all credit cards, and a set of keys. Mr. VICTIM stated that both males where black males between the ages of 17-23. The male with the gun was wearing a white tank top and dark colored shorts, with a high-top fade. Mr. VICTIM stated he didn’t get a good look on the 2nd male. After the robbery he stated the males casually walked up 8th St towards Argonne Ave. CID 5529 was notiﬁed. No further action was taken at this time. MPSA NOTE: This incident was covered in media reports, which you can read at Project Q and at Midtown Patch.
#151870894 – 800s Penn Ave – 7/05/2015 – Robbery
Mr. A. VICTIM reported at the zone five precinct an incident of robbery. Mr. VICTIM stated to officer B****1 (desk officer) that he was walking in the area of his home (7-5- 2015 after 2200hrs.) on Penn Ave. NE when he was approached from behind by a black male subject who asked him for his phone. Mr. VICTIM said that the male suddenly pulled out a small gray color hand gun and pointed it at him and then rifled through his pockets. Mr. VICTIM advised that the male took his cellular phone and wallet and ran off–telling him repeatedly not to turn around. Mr. VICTIM wasn’t injured as a result of this incident. Mr. VICTIM said that on the following day 7-6-2015 at approximately 0800hrs., he found his wallet on his front porch – minus $25 cash. Mr. VICTIM offered no explanation as to why he did not call the police on 7-5-2015. officer B****1 contacted the zone five investigative unit (B****) who responded to the zone five mobile precinct and interviewed Mr. VICTIM.
#151862563 – 900s Argonne Ave – 7/05-2015 – Robbery
On July 5th, 2015 at 11:00 pm I was dispatched to 900s Argonne Ave NE regarding an armed pedestrian robbery. I arrived on scene at 11:05 pm and spoke to VICTIM whom stated that he was walking West on 8th St across Argonne Ave NE when someone suddenly came up behind him and put a gun to his neck, asking for whatever he had on him. Mr. VICTIM stated that he gave them his wallet and cell phone. Mr. VICTIM described the two males as black, young males. very early 20’s, one wearing a white shirt and red jeans. the other wearing dark clothing. The males ﬂed on foot west on Argonne Ave. The number to the stolen phone is: ###-###-####. No one was injured in this incident and Sgt. J**** was notified. General Investigator Unit 4380 responded to the scene and spoke to the victim. I was driving vehicle # 32416. There are no cameras in this area. Mr. VICTIM does not have a phone, however. his friend NNNN can contact him: ###### and his address is XXX xth St NE. This incident will be related to incident #151862561 which occurred only 1 minute prior to this at 800s Glendale Ave NE which is less than one block down the street.
#151862561 – 800s Glendale – 7/05/2015 – Robbery
On July 5th, 2015 at 11:00 pm I was dispatched to 890 Glendale Terrace NE regarding an armed pedestrian robbery. I arrived at the location at 11:05 pm and spoke to Mr. VICTIM. who stated that two black males approached him while he was walking on Glendale Terrace across 8th St NE. one with what appeared to be a gun in his hand, demanding whatever he had on him. Mr. VICTIM stated that all he had on him was his Black Apple iPhone 6 so he gave it to them and they ran away on foot. Mr. VICTIM stated that they were two young black males, wearing a white tank top/ t-shirt and red basketball shorts. The other male may have potentially had on dark colored shorts. The males were very young 20’s and ﬂed on foot North on 8th St and West on Argonne Ave. Mr. VICTIM stated that the iPhone had a cracked screen as well. Mr. VICTIM stated that he was tracking his iPhone using Apple ID: #### and the last known location for it was Peachtree St and 10th St NE, then the signal went dead. The stolen phone‘s # is #### No one was injured in this incident and Sgt Peters was notified. This incident will be related to case #151862563, the same suspects on both calls.
#151833071 – 300s 7th Street – 7/02/2015 – Robbery
Reported in separate bulletin at http://www.midtownponce.org/p6784.html
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 situations 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
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.