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Midtown Business Owners Robbed at Gunpoint on 16th Street

Restaurant owners held up not long after closing business early Monday morning.

The couple described the three males as black, thin, and appearing to be in their early 20s. Credit: Patch file
The couple described the three males as black, thin, and appearing to be in their early 20s. Credit: Patch file
According to Atlanta police, a Midtown couple, who own and operate a Chinese restaurant in the area, were robbed at gunpoint during the early morning hours Monday after closing their establishment.

After closing the eatery and grabbing a quick bite at a nearby Waffle House, the man and woman parked their vehicle near their residence in the 200 block of 16th Street at approximately 3:30 a.m.

According to APD Sgt. Greg Lyon, the couple was making their way inside their abode when a black vehicle traveling westbound on 16th pulled up to them. They stated that two black males exited the vehicle and approached them, while another black male remained in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

The couple stated the two males who exited the vehicle walked up to them, pulled out black pistols, and demanded their money. After taking approximately $600 and several items of value including an iPhone, iPad, credit cards, personal and business checks and house and car keys, the perpetrators fled in what was described as a four-door sedan.

With police on the scene a short time later, the woman was in the process of canceling her banking cards when her card provider informed her there had been two recent purchases made on the cards. The first purchase was made at a Texaco gas station and the second was made at a station listed as Bankhead Petrol.

The closest Texaco station to the incident is on 14th St., but a check of the station by APD revealed the video surveillance devices were not focused on the pumps, and an employee could not recall seeing subjects who met the perpetrator's descriptions.

The couple described the three males as black, thin, and appearing to be in their early 20s. The two males who approached them were wearing black coats and were armed with black handguns according to the victims.

Alan February 17, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Folks...when u gonna WISE UP and ARM YOURSELVES...lets give these THUGZ what they deserve!!!!!!!!!!
Marc Acampora February 17, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Y B M. Again.
OnceWasAnnie February 17, 2014 at 07:16 PM
If I lived in Midtown, I would own a gun and I would use it. People need to wise up and arm themselves. If you wait for the Atlanta Police to show up, you may as well kiss your valuables and sometimes, your life, goodbye. I'm so glad I live in Decatur where we have several police officers living nearby and the Decatur Police are very active and are on the scene within minutes.
Reality February 18, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Arm yourselves. Stand up for yourself cause Mayor Reed cannot hire police that drive fast enough or have brains to check the credit cards. The lady was faster than the police and so was the credit card company. Atlanta needs to spend $$ on cameras throughout Buckhead and Midtown like London as we pay enough taxes so why not? Oh I forgot, city council has to get a raise so not enough money for cameras. Here is a place $$ could have been better spent on cameras, the wasted $$ from the insane bike lane imposed on us on tenth street. What person, oh wait, must be Alex Wan, his district , he must have wanted to bike on a lane versus the entire belt line or park adjacent to this lane that nobody uses!!! The lane ties up traffic as it is right beside a school. Brilliant idea, remove a lane that is already crowded at a major school and spend tax dollars to contest traffic versus using tax dollars to hire police and install cameras! See my patch peers,this is why and how our tax dollars are wasted because our mayor and council cannot figure out safety comes before a needless bike lane. I love to bike but use the belt line and park that runs right beside this Lane.I feel sorry for all Atlanta business owners and residents as all are sitting ducks for these thugs in a lawless city run by inept leaders

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