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Midtown Neighborhood Carjacking at High Noon in Highly Visible Driveway

Armed gunmen steal man's Mercedes, but leave three pets behind.

Hours before a high-profile R&B singer was the victim of a carjacking Tuesday night on Spring Street, a Midtown Neighborhood resident found himself being carjacked, too, - in his own driveway in broad daylight.

About eight hours before R&B singer Bobby V. was stopped by two men and robbed of his red 2013 Bentley in a Midtown parking lot, two men sped off in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz C23 that belonged to a local resident who had just returned home with his pets from a trip to the vet.

The victim, who asked not to be identified by Patch, described how “very unnerving” the incident was that occurred on a sunny Tuesday afternoon shortly after noon near the area of 6th Street and Glendale Terrace.

“John” told Patch that he pulled into his driveway, which was not obstructed in so that others in the area could not see, when he noticed two black men in hooded sweatshirts approaching him. He described how he thought they might be asking for directions or yard work, but quickly realized that was not the case.

The suspect in the red hoodie, described by John as standing 5-foot-10, about 180 pounds with lighter to dark skin, calmly pointed a gun and the victim and said, “get out of the car and leave your cell phone as well.”

John complied as the second suspect, described as standing 6-foot, weighing approximately 160 pounds with a darker complexion, got behind the wheel of the car. At this point, the victim began pleading with the robbers to give him his pets – two Jack Russell terriers and a cat.

While the robbers fumbled with the door locks and eventually tossed two pet carriers out from the backseat, John managed to move around the car and rescue the third animal from the front passenger seat. The suspects then left in his car, but not before colliding with a ceramic planter while exiting the driveway.

“It wasn’t like I was getting out of a parked car on the street; they came on my property,” said John, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years. “If someone had seen them, I’m of the belief that they would not have hesitated to use the gun. It all went down very quickly.”

The tracking device on his stolen iPhone was quickly deactivated by the thieves and neither the phone nor car had been relocated as of Thursday afternoon.  What he did have though were his beloved animals.

“I kept repeating to them to please let me have my pets,” he said. “I’m so thankful nothing happened to them.”

John said he was aware of the Valentino carjacking incident and had checked Patch Thursday to see the photo of one of the suspects arrested in connection with that crime. While the photo was definitely not of the suspect in the red hoodie, John said the arrested man “could be the other, but I couldn’t say with certainty.”

Atlanta police, who responded to the scene of the Midtown Neighborhood crime, told Patch they were still investigating as to whether the two Tuesday carjackings were connected.

Police investigators are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects in these cases are asking anyone with information to call Zone 5 investigators at (404) 658-6636 or Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477.

The Tuesday Midtown carjackings came just days after a pair of carjackings in the Edgewood Retail District off Moreland Avenue.

Dookie Doo January 25, 2013 at 04:25 PM
We need to hire Bill Bratton to bring teach APD how to stop and frisk. Appearantly, armed black males in hoodies are walking right past APD without fear of being caught. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Meeting-on-Oakland-police-packed-civil-4215491.php
Marie in Midtown January 25, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Really? He pulled a gun so then you're going to pull yours? That will save lives?
Chris H January 25, 2013 at 04:33 PM
ADP has been doing a good job and catching criminals. But it's our justice system that is not letting them serve their full sentence and they are out on the streets in no time. I'm tired of hearing about people being arrested for the 30th or 40th time in Midtown! Enough is enough!
N January 25, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Look folks...U need to arm yourselves so we can start putting these worthless POS THUGZ in the ground...to Hell with jail!!!
Dookie Doo January 25, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Atlanta isn't the only city which have issues with jail overcrowding and liberal judges alowing criminals to go free. Every big city has that issue. The diference is in police leadership. APD needs to change the apathetic culture among its officers that crime is a way of life in the city. APD needs to make it uncomfortable for criminals to operate so much so that criminals will decide to commit crimes in Dekalb or Cobb before they would in Fulton. APD does a decent job catching criminals after victims come forward. But the goal is to prevent crimes from occurring in the first place. APD needs to figure out how to do that.
Dookie Doo January 25, 2013 at 05:07 PM
That's a great idea. However, I don't feel I should be doing APD's job while they sit around on their lazy asses. APD either isn't willing to control crime or they don't know how to control crime. Either way, if city leadership can't figure it out, they should be fired and competent leadership should be installed immediately.
aposter January 25, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Honestly it has come to a point where we need to contact police when suspicious persons are around Midtown. APD could make it easier by simply supplying phone app. to do so. Atlanta however is so PC that it probably never will, nor will it start using stop and frisk which is clearly needed in Atlanta. In the meantime keep flooding them with any suspicious activity and maybe the current administration will take note. Anyway elections are coming up and I'll donate to and support the candidate/s that propose solid steps on crime prevention and law enforcement.
A January 25, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Scary! I am moving to an apt off Charles Allen before long and plan to get involved with MNA. I want to see how this is being addressed, and if not, how we can address it.
Chris H January 25, 2013 at 07:09 PM
That's what I was saying before. Call 911 when you see suspicious thugs in your neighborhood. I do it all the time. And don't listen to that PC or racial profiling crap. We all know what a thug is. They don't try to hide what the look like. You never hear that the description of the robbery suspect was wearing a suit! The more you call 911, the thugs will start getting the message and get tired of being harassed/arrested by the cops. Also, the volume of 911 calls dictate how much your neighborhood is patrolled.
John Henderson January 26, 2013 at 02:46 AM
"John" has left several key facts out of the story as his neighbor I can attest too! While I am certainly not condoning a car jacking in any shape form or fashion "John" is well known for "entertaining" guys like described as the men and well known .
jimA thompson January 26, 2013 at 02:33 PM
For those whining wanting to see something as offensive as ' stop-n-frisk' police have long ago have the authority to do it, I'm blk live in midtown walkeverywhere to the park, going for breakfast or coming in at night if ever the BS of NYC starts here the only thing you get is confrontation from instant anger! It adds to the already friend or foe eyeballing, buy a beer for me from the crazy homeless, or drugs from idiots who just popup? And yeah already stopped by APD all before I get to the wamth of my door. I have long had anger at anyone who throws a pistol in someone's face until a predator knows there's a ' certainty of punishment' or retribution *ish is going to continue.
Dookie Doo January 26, 2013 at 07:16 PM
You can be as confrontational as you want, but if you go sideways on a cop in NYC or LA, you're in for a beat down. The problem is APD hires a bunch of pansys who are afraid to take control of situations and put people like you in their places. You may talk like a tough guy but you won't be giving attitude to a cop in say Miami. Those Cubanos would whip your black a$$.
aposter January 26, 2013 at 08:20 PM
So stop and frisk a petty much proven law enforcement and crime prevention technique is worth "instant anger", but stories about perps car jacking, assaulting, and in some cases killing people in your neighborhood doesn't? Unfortunately it already has become friend or foe....hint, your friends aren't the ones looking and acting like thugs.
ChrisCrossdresser January 27, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Dookie Doo, if the TSA is frisking little old ladies, babies, handicapped folks & anyone who looks the opposite of a middle eastern, then what makes you think the APD will do otherwise? Besides, most APD officers are "afro-american".
Chris Murphy January 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM
The cops and their attitudes towards their jobs, and their management have a lot to do with street crime, sure. But consider that these same cops- most who are good professionals- do get worn out seeing perp after perp who they have brought good cases on get let out with probation, crime after crime after crime. The judges suck, plain and simple: how many contested seats do you see at election time? That whole thing is a sham. Then look at the frickin' county, Fulton, which seemingly can do absolutely nothing well: the jail has been under a Federal judges' consent decree for years. The individual patrolmen can only do so much. But do call 911! On *anything/one* suspicious!
MidtownJoe January 28, 2013 at 01:48 PM
@ChrisCrossdresser - I'll repeat my original reply: How the hell do ANY of your comments on this thread relate to an armed car jacking in Midtown? You are focused ENTIRELY on yourself and, with all sincerity and without malice,you really should consider anger management counseling or at the very least starting your own blog elsewhere. Perhaps whatever readers you attract there will care about your incoherently ramblings on your 3 year old Buckhead sidewalk incident, your opinions on the TSA, Coca Cola and the Parks and Recreation Commission or your interest free condo purchase. Those posts are ENTIRELY inappropriate on this thread about the armed car jacking in Midtown. Get a clue: If your comments are irrelevant to the topic at hand, show some common sense and shut it. No one interested.
Clicker January 28, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Repeat post test! Yet another reason to drive a crappy car that no one would want to steal and to just say no to iPhones.
N January 28, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Amen to that!!!!!!!!!!
MidtownJoe January 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Crossdresser - you make me laugh. Why on earth would anyone lose sleep over a whack job like yourself?
ChrisCrossdresser January 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I just wish there was a 'ignore' button on this site. Oh well.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Hello, looks like things are getting a little too personal here so I’m going to shut off comments for the evening. I’ll open them back up in a.m. and see if we can get back on track. Thanks.
John Henderson January 30, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Does the Patch not have some checks and balances when it comes to names associated with accounts here in the comment section? The credibility of Patch and its commenters downgrades it to insert throw away level as long as comments are not moderated and allowed to go way off base.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM
John, clearly since your comment followed mine then you can see that comments are moderated here. What you don’t see are comments that have been deleted. It is not uncommon for stories to result in a wide variety of comments that obviously not everyone will agree with. We encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind. Please contact me at 678-620-7320 during normal business hours and I’d be happy to discuss this with you further. Thanks.
Danno Reeves January 30, 2013 at 06:30 PM
so he was car jacked by a Gay Trick?
ChrisCrossdresser January 30, 2013 at 06:40 PM
JOE started IT!
Trollie Fingers January 30, 2013 at 07:19 PM
"he thought they might be asking for directions or yard work" How do you live in Midtown 15 years and read this alarmist blog and think that two hooded males need directions or are willing to do skilled work for money?
Trollie Fingers January 30, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Pretty good movie though, starring Gary Cooper.
Steve Gower January 31, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I have heard unofficial and unconfirmed information (attributed to beat officers) that the perps in this incident were apprehended out of state somewhere.
N February 01, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Be careful there...some might say calling them "boys" might be racially insensitive...lol....
J in EAV February 05, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Agreed!

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