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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 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 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.

clancey July 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
What was he doing at a Checkers drive-through at 5am to begin with?
Tammy July 11, 2012 at 09:16 AM
Sometimes you gotta eat
clancey July 11, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Checkers is NOT open at 5am
Zoe Dejardin July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Thats was you get for helping the vagrants that are polluting our streets.
Stacey July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Just because someone is out and about at 5 AM does not mean the story should turn into it being the victim's fault.. now, the problem is trying to be "nice" and "help" the vagrants and others that you feel "sorry" for. It doesn't help when people do it in front of someone's business (just encourages the vagrants to keep returning to harrass customers). And it sure didn't turn out well in this case.
Tammy July 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Stacey, I don't think they were trying to blame the victim but the story does sound very, very sketchy.
N July 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Just goes to show u...no GOOD DEED goes unpunished!!!
But wait, July 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
If the story is false, what would the "victim" be gaining from it by going through all the trouble of reporting it? let's use some common sense here...

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