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Armed robbery attempt thwarted off Myrtle

Victim hit the suspect with a briefcase during the Friday night incident in Midtown.

While much of the metro Atlanta area braced for stormy weather last Friday night, a pair of thieves in Midtown were running like the wind according to an email from the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on March 2, the Atlanta Police Department received a 911-call about an attempted robbery in the 900 block of Myrtle Street. When the call was dispatched over radio, a nearby officer was able to respond within 30 seconds according to the alliance.

Other units also responded and canvassed the area for the suspect. The victim reported that as he exited his vehicle after parking it in the alleyway behind his residence, a black male ran up to him, pointed a hand gun at him and demanded his wallet.

The alliance said that initially the victim ignored the suspect, but then hit the suspect with a briefcase when he repeated his demand. The suspect then took off on foot, running south along the alleyway toward 8th Street.

The victim was not injured and the suspect did not get any of the victim's belongings.

According to the alliance, a person closely matching the description was located in the area, but the victim could not positively identify him as the suspect.

The suspect is described as a 25-year-old black male, standing five-foot-nine with a slim build. He was reportedly wearing a denim coat with a red t-shirt underneath and dark colored jeans. He had a gray handgun.

A few minutes later at approximately 8:30 p.m., two officers spotted two white males chasing a black male in the vicinity of Peachtree & 8th. Once they intercepted the situation, one of the white males advised that the black male snatched his iPhone and ran.

The victim was dining in a nearby restaurant when the offending subject stood in line as if to order something. The suspect then lunged forward and grabbed the victim's iPhone off the table. No one was injured during the incident.

The officers charged the suspect, Shon Wright, with robbery by snatching and sent him to the Fulton County jail. In the process they also discovered that Wright has an active warrant in Dekalb County.

Marc Acampora March 05, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Young. Black. Male,
Tammy March 05, 2012 at 05:55 PM
The moral of the story is to keep your phone in your pocket when you're not using it.
Marc Acampora March 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Tammy - or carry a gun. Unfortunately, the moral you are taking from this leads to other morals of intimidation - don't use headphones when walking, don't walk alone, don't walk at night, don't walk at all, don't ride your bike, don't sit on your front porch, don't drive with your windows open, lock your car when filling up with gas.
Tammy March 08, 2012 at 02:10 PM
While I think a gun might solve some of those problems I also think that being aware of your surroundings at all times really does help avoid these type robberies. I think far too many people come into Atlanta with a rural Georgia mentality that things are going to be just the same in the city as their country home and they just aren't. I can't tell you how many friends of mine didn't listen to me when I told them to keep their car completely empty to avoid a break in. It usually only takes one episode of broken glass to change their behavior.
Marc Acampora March 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Tammy - I agree. I still have friends that leave stuff visible in their cars parked on the street in Midtown. Not smart. I also am not thrilled with the idea of Midtown becoming the old west, with everyone slinging a gun. I just don't like the direction we seem to constantly be headed - more crime, more police, more intimidation. It needs to stop somewhere.

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