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.