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Midtown Pedestrian Robbery Results in Arrests; APD Officer Narrowly Avoids Being Shot

Four males are in custody after this attempted robbery.

Great smarts, technology, and good fortune were all part of a Monday morning pedestrian robbery that ended well but could have gone tragically wrong, as an APD officer narrowly escaped being shot at close range by a robbery suspect.

Public Affairs Officer Kim Jones released information about this pedestrian robbery that occurred during the early Monday morning hours.

According to Jones, the two victims at 1:52 a.m., "were robbed at gunpoint on Juniper Street and 8th Street."  Officer P. White responded to the call and started the search for 4 black males that stole their "wallets, phones, and credit cards, and fled the scene in a vehicle."

Officer White was able to track the stolen items, via a cell phone presumably, to a Texaco Food Mart at Northside Drive and McDaniel Street, where multiple units were called in to make an arrest. 

According to the police narrative, this is where things could have gone tragically wrong, but did not:

The four suspects were located but two (of them) were among the customers inside the Texaco food mart. 

One of the suspects intentionally came towards police and asked, "What is going on?" as he was armed with a stolen pistol. 

The suspect pulled the weapon and attempted to shoot one of the supervisors on scene. The gun did not fire because the round was defective.  A brief struggle took place. 

All 4 suspects were identified and placed in custody. One stolen gun was recovered.

No one was hurt in this incident. Officer Jones said, "one round was fired by APD during the incident when the suspect was attempting to shoot one of the supervisor’s but no one was hit. There was no damage."

The 2 individuals who were robbed, were able to retrieve all of their stolen items, including credit cards and ID. 

All 4 suspects were transported to Fulton County Jail and charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery each, along with other charges that have not been detailed yet.

The attempted shooting of the officer, reminds us of a case a few weeks ago in the West End, where an officer was shot in the face and badly injured while on duty.

Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Hello readers, please refrain from the use of profanity when making comments or we will need to delete. Thanks.
JM Hurricane February 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM
WOW, four lives ruined for cellphones. Amazing! The poor/minority youth in this country is in serious crisis. This truely is the national tragedy of our generation. 50 years after MLK and the best we can do is armed cellphone thieves. My solution is 12 month schooling 7am to 7pm, uniforms, all three meals, lots of skill driven activity starting with the Queens English. Catholic/Christian schools have been doing this for 100 years at half the cost of public schools and get much better overall results. Current thugs are condemned to a non-human existence, however, their children might have a chance.
JM Hurricane February 04, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Oh yeah, Thanks APD!
Gina Davis February 04, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I sincerely hope the APD formed a Blue Line for these animals....
Atl30309 February 04, 2013 at 07:37 PM
If you lived in Midtown and read the Patch or the MNA newsletter you would realize your statement is incorrect. Let's not interject racism into an already difficult situation.
Kevin February 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Seriously? What are we? 12? You let other <<excrement>> go on here, but I get called out for using a word that can appear on NBC? Yes, we've got people held up at gun point for their phones, but you choose to make a matter out of language. That seems reasonable.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Kevin, the comment I just removed was not yours, so I’m not exactly sure which comment of yours that you’re referring to, but please contact me directly if you’d like to discuss further. Patch does have a Terms of Use and profane language is not allowed. See the terms here: http://midtown.patch.com/terms. The reality is that there are some people who feel this site allows commenters to often too quickly devolve into race bating and slurs. It’s a very fine line that some, who understandably are very frustrated with Midtown’s crime, toe very tightly. But those that cross will and have had their comments deleted, with future site usage suspended if warranted by the Patch staff. Thanks.
aposter February 04, 2013 at 08:14 PM
A halfway decent contender for the Mayors position can put up a serious challenge if the wave of black on white crime continues.
Chris H February 04, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Yes, drug infractions, car break-ins, burglaries and other crimes are committed by many whites and other races in Midtown. However, armed robberies (a violent crime) in Midtown and surrounding neighborhoods are overwhelmingly committed by young, black males. Please show me evidence otherwise.
Dan Armstrong February 04, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I am not blaming any victim, but as a Midtown resident if I am out late i am on HIGH ALERT....people must be aware of their surroundings at all hours but at that time...PAY ATTENTION.
Carl February 04, 2013 at 09:17 PM
@Dan Armstrong - that's exactly what I've been saying for years. I'm even on high alert in broad daylight. Why make yourself an easy victim?
Dookie Doo February 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM
@atl, can you provide a link to a story where the suspect is not black?
N February 04, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Wish the APD would have put a bullet into each of those Thugz' heads and saved the taxpayers any further losses...
N February 05, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Rarely....how about NEVER??? Why not quit with the Politically Correct facade and tell it like it really is???
clancey February 05, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Where on 8th and Juniper did this occur? At the Wells Fargo ATM, the restaurant on the corner, or just walking down the sidewalk?
Jeff K February 05, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Thanks for keeping the peace @Hunt! Just glad that the APD got away with a winning lottery ticket (defective round). Amazed that while responding to an ARMED ROBBERY that they didn't come at the suspects with weapons drawn.
Sara Van Beck February 05, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I still wish someone would comprehensively analyze the random (stranger on stranger) gun crime in the City of Atlanta in the past year to 18 months. I just do not have the time to comb the data... As far as 'nothing happening' to the perps - that is STRICTLY the domain of the courts. If you do not like it, you have two avenues to effect change: Sign up for Court Watch and pressure judges on a case by case basis, and Actively campaign to get replacement judges elected for the soft-on-crime sitting judges you take issue with. Both take time, and the second is a very difficult task, but is really what needs to happen. Review judges' records and then their re-election results...
N.G. February 05, 2013 at 08:59 PM
I don't live in Midtown, or the City of Atlanta for that matter, but those who do should definitely be looking to elect a new mayor. Reed needs to be thrown out when his term is up and it should be a mandate. The guy is a compete joke. He speaks well and seems resolute, but he never addresses the issue of crime in Atlanta in any kind of public and real meaningful way. He is too busy traveling to DC because he's on some Obama short list, I'm sure. He is a travesty for the city, seriously, and law-abiding, thinking people need to show him the door. This town will only get safer when we elect the equivalent of a Rudy Guiliani; someone who can take the inevitable and ridiculous "you're just a racist" baiting and clean up the city. Atlanta has been overcome with thugs and they will be it's demise.
Peter P February 06, 2013 at 02:28 PM
"I don't live in Midtown, or the City of Atlanta for that matter, but those who do should..." I stopped reading after that.
Drewboo February 06, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Please define profanity. I was not aware this is a Christian blog.
Drewboo February 06, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Obama's short list for what exactly? Reed is a social climber no-name. Obama has better things to do lol.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Drewboo, not sure the Christian ref, but in general, don't curse in posts.
ATLgoofball February 06, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Actually Rudy G was the guy who "cleaned" up NYC. Someone has to turn it around in order for Bloomberg to maintain it.
ATLgoofball February 06, 2013 at 07:28 PM
"You can't curse!" - Ali G http://youtu.be/GF3iTxMuZBg?t=4m21s
N.G. February 06, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Aren't you cute Peter P. I bet you indeed did finsih reading my post or else you wouldn't have even taken the time to comment. I also suspect that for some reason you are an apologist for the mayor or for African-Americans in general. And maybe i should have stated that I work in Midtown, and I lived in Midtown when I voted for Mary Norwood. And yes ATLgoofball, Bloomberg and Kelly would be the ideal team. The thugs in this town need to be taken down hard and fast. It's to the point that they don't even cover their faces anymore when robbing homes. It's like they don;t even care that security cameras are looking right at them. Uncivilized animals, and every single person in Atlanta knows it but the politically correct thing to do is stay quiet.
Tim February 07, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Here is a link per Chris' comment: http://midtown.patch.com/articles/midtown-ponce-security-alliance-parole-watch
Dookie Doo February 07, 2013 at 07:56 PM
@goofball, it was actually Bill Bratton and Jack Maple who cleaned up NYC. Rudy took the credit after Maple retired and Bratton took over LAPD.
Barry Soteroamatuer February 15, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I got approached last month by 2 sketchy blacks on 10th street and when I drew my Glock 21 on them and held it pointing down you have never seen anybody run away so fast, like Usain Bolt
Bob February 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Also,don't forget the Mayor's buddies at the Atlanta Airport, who got all the perks of Food Vending, and including the Limousine service (another buddy). I hope he can be thrown out when the time comes. Right now, all he's interested in, is the new proposed stadium.
Southern Girl March 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Seriously? Either the same person is posting under different names or there are some extremely racist people on these boards. I guess we are still in Georgia.... We ALL know that when crimes are committed by whites they rarely report it, they often keep in under wraps, they're lawyered-up more quickly, etc. As a person with family that lives in Gwinnett, in a very nice area, that happens to be majority white-- they try very hard to keep any crime committed under lock and key because they don't want it to reflect badly on the neighborhood, bring down property values, etc. They often time works things out with the police, etc. I wonder why they would want to report all these crimes committed by these men in Midtown. I think A lot of the time it's all propaganda. Report every time a black male commits a crime, but not when a white male does? I've seen so many young white males do some sketch things all around Midtown. All this sensationalized reporting is done intentionally and often time I believe it's done strategically as well. If anything I'd say it's rarely asians, rarely women of color (aka black women), or women in general for that matter, and well... that's about it. But it's not about color. Can we leave color out of it. Just report the crime, stop putting up mugshots and stop including race in the article.. I don't think it adds anything. It just brings out the worst in people's mind.

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