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Carjacking crew hits Midtown, unsuspecting good Samaritans

Gun-wielding duo suspected of three armed robberies and shooting one man in the leg.

A series of recent carjackings that spread from Midtown to the downtown connector to Stone Mountain resulted in several armed robberies and a non-English speaking man being shot in the back of the leg most likely because he didn’t understand what an armed suspect was saying to him.

The crime spree began shortly after midnight this past Friday, Jan. 11, when a female, talking on her phone in a well-lit area on 11th Street, was approached by a man with a gun who quietly robbed her of her phone, purse and personal belongings.

A second gunman then appeared and demanded the keys to her 2001 white Honda Accord. According to the Atlanta police, she “threw her keys and ran away.” The crime occurred a block south of the Crescent Street area that is home to many popular Midtown restaurants, bars and clubs.

Very shortly after, a couple travelling south on I-75/85 in a 2005 red Suzuki, stopped to assist what they thought was a stranded motorist that they reported had collided with the concrete barrier dividing the interstate.

Police now believe it was the suspects in the Midtown carjacking as the duo again brandished weapons and robbed the couple of cell phones, wallets and $700 in cash. They stole the Suzuki, which they later drove to a Stone Mountain Wal-Mart on Rockbridge Road during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 12.

According to Gwinnett County police, two separate incidents then occurred involving the suspects – a robbery and a shooting.

First, around 2:50 a.m., a 20-year-old male victim arrived at the location, but was stopped by the gun-wielding suspects after exiting his 2010 Honda Fit. As in the previous two incidents, the suspects robbed the victim of his personal belongings and the keys to his car.

However, just prior to the robbery, a 35-year-old Albanian Wal-Mart employee walking to the store to begin his shift, witnessed the first victim and the suspects talking. According to the Gwinnett police, the second victim, who only speaks Albanian, did not see a gun and was not aware what was occurring.

As he passed closely by, the employee was addressed by one of the suspects, but not understanding, he continued walking on. As the second victim continued toward the entrance of Wal-Mart, a suspect fired one shot, striking the second victim in the back and upper part of one of his legs. 

At that point, both victims ran into the Wal-Mart, and the suspects sped away in the Honda Fit, which was recovered, along with a handgun matching the description of the weapon used in the shooting, Sunday night in northwest Atlanta off of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.

The stolen vehicles were checked for fingerprints and further evidence.

The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance and his injury is considered non-life threatening.

The suspects are both described as black males, younger in age. One is described as standing about 5-foot-5 with a limp, and the other between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 557-TIPS (8477).

JM Hurricane January 15, 2013 at 03:40 PM
This is unbelievable. Looks like "I have a dream..." has turned into, oh well, I had a dream!
Chris H January 15, 2013 at 04:14 PM
When you see thugs, call the cops. I do it all the time.
Marc Acampora January 15, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Young black males. Huh.
Jack January 15, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Chris I absolutely agree. Anytime I see anything suspicious in Midtown, I don't hesitate calling the Midtown Blue at 404-817-0500. In my experience they have been very responsive.
Jonathan January 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Black male criminals in Atlanta? shocking!
John Sarine January 16, 2013 at 01:03 PM
How did he get a job at Walmart if he only speaks Albanian? Sounds fishy. I think he's involved. Have the police questioned him? In Albanian of course
John Sarine January 16, 2013 at 01:09 PM
The lesson here is learn English or get shot in the leg going to work, at Walmart
N January 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Remember good Samaritans...as they say: NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED!...arm yourselves instead and be prepared to put these Thugz in the ground where they belong with the maggots!!!!
John Henderson January 16, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Jack .... your kidding right! I have called Midtown Blue on numerous occasions when drug activity or "stuff" is being unloaded at what is supposed to be an abandoned house on 13th St. They never show up, in fact I never see them ride down the
bob January 16, 2013 at 04:50 PM
This story indicates that the first incident happened on 11th street south of Crescent. Wouldn't that be next door to the Atlanta Federal Reserve bank, with heavily armed guards and a bazillion cameras? Later, the criminals strike again outside near a Walmart which is also likely to have about a bazillion cameras. Brilliant! I hope APD and Gwinett can catch these turkeys and send them to prison ... in Albania.
Keith G January 17, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Please just nuke Boulevard!
RD January 21, 2013 at 02:25 PM
What does Boulevard have to do with anything in this article?

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