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Arrests Made In Valentine's Midtown Armed Robberies

Atlanta Police have apprehended a pair of suspects accused of being involved in five pedestrian armed robberies Thursday morning, including three in the Midtown area.

The Atlanta Police Department announced late Friday afternoon that it has made two arrests in connection with Thursday’s pre-dawn spree of armed pedestrian robberies, including three bordering the Ansley Park and Midtown neighborhoods.

According to Atlanta Police Officer Carlos Campos, the two suspects, whose names have not been released, were in the process of being charged with five counts of Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. [Update: APD has released the name of one arrested: 23-year-old Dennis Stallings]

It is an on-going investigation of the five robberies that occurred across the city. Witnesses to the Midtown crimes reported at least three suspects were involved.

Victims provided statements and assisted with information that helped investigators track stolen property, belonging to all five victims, to the individuals arrested. It is believed that a phone stolen during a Midtown armed robbery was instrumental in leading to the apprehension of the suspects.

The police have advised to the public that the APD “is working diligently to solve these crimes and patrol officers are on heightened alert for suspicious activity. As always, we encourage the public to dial 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.”

The robberies occurred approximately between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the following addresses: 

1544 Piedmont Ave. NE

1280 West Peachtree Street NE (Editor's note: the address provided by APD on Thursday was 1280 Peachtree Street, not 1280 W. Peachtree Street. Patch has contacted the APD to clarify and now been told it was indeed West Peachtree Street)

10th Street NE (at Argonne)

Avon Avenue SW (at Princess Ave)

Metropolitan Parkway SW (at Pegg Road)

On Thursday around 4:45 a.m. officers responded to a call at 1280 Peachtree Street where a male victim stated that he had been robbed by several black males near the intersection of Peachtree and 12th streets.

The victim reported that one of the suspects stuck a gun to his head and demanded his property.

While the officers were assisting the victim, two more area pedestrian robberies came in through dispatch. One occurred near Piedmont Avenue and The Prado and the other at 10th Street and Argonne Avenue.

In the incident at The Prado, a female victim stated that three black males approached her, with one suspect pointing a gun at her and demanding her purse.

The third incident victim reported that he was walking westbound on 10th when a black male approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his property. Once the suspect took the undisclosed property, the suspect struck the victim in the face with his gun, before getting in a dark red vehicle and leaving the scene.

See also:

Trio of pre-dawn armed pedestrian robberies in Ansley, Midtown neighborhoods

JM Hurricane February 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM
AWESOME APD!
VianenBrederode February 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
So I'm guessing we'll hear from everyone now about how impressed they are with the cops taking care of this within a day?
Van Gogh February 16, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I do congratulate the APD. Great work. Now if only the judges will put these a**holes away.
Chris H February 16, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Patch, please keep an eye on this though the courts and let us know the outcome of their trial. We need to see if the courts are doing their job and putting these guys away. Georgia should have a minimum 10 years in prison for armed robbery. So for just Midtown we should see 30 years. I know we won't see anything like that but is citizens need to know what the courts are doing.
Ruben Brown February 16, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Good, to scary right close to where I live and work. I'm always scared walking to and from work.
donald February 16, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Great to hear! Scooped the AJC again!!! I would not even have known about this if I had only been reading the AJC.
Trent February 16, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Im going to offer a class for criminals: How to turn off iPhone location settings 101.
JM Hurricane February 16, 2013 at 03:33 PM
What's an "AJC?"
Jessee Rolex Jackson February 16, 2013 at 03:52 PM
wrapping the stolen phone in aluminum foil works well to block the GPS
Ruben Brown February 16, 2013 at 04:12 PM
@ JM Atlanta's news paper
Steve Gower February 16, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Police Report narratives: http://www.midtownponce.org/p4336.html
Filtered78 February 20, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Definitely need to stay abreast of court proceedings in this and similar cases. No doubt these suspects are likely headed towards a life of crime, so let's see how GA handles this.
c. stallings March 03, 2013 at 06:37 PM
That's my nephew and i cant explain why he would do such a thing when he didn't need for anything
bee March 19, 2013 at 04:43 PM
This guy is back on the streets. We saw him in our neighborhood up to no good yesterday.

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