APD looking into bizarre Midtown robbery and kidnapping
Man allegedly tries to help homeless man, finds himself tied up in his own apartment
A man was the victim of a strange robbery and kidnapping early Tuesday morning in Midtown.
According to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones, the victim told authorities that around 5 a.m., he was approached by a homeless man at the Checkers Drive-In at the intersection of 10th and Spring streets.
The beggar asked for food and when the victim bought some and attempted to give it to him, the homeless man pulled out a handgun and got in the car. The suspect then forced the man to drive to his 12th Street West Apartments home.
According to police, inside, the suspect tied up the man and ransacked the apartment. Dissatisfied with the lack of valuables apartment, the suspect forced the man to go to the Walgreens at the intersection of Piedmont and North avenues to allegedly withdraw money from an ATM.
At this point according to the victim’s story, he was able to alert a security guard inside the store. This prompted the suspect to flee, but not before giving the stolen items, including a cell phone and wallet, to a random stranger as he ran away.
There was no description of the suspect provided by the APD, which has no leads or witnesses. Based upon abrasions on the victim’s wrist from being tied up, police say his story is believable.