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Midtown Crime and Fire News Roundup

Man robbed of laptop at gunpoint; Piedmont Avenue home catches fire

A man was reportedly robbed of his MacBook early Wednesday morning in Midtown by three men, one who was armed with a handgun, according to Atlanta Police spokesman Curtis Davenport.

The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m. when the victim was surprised by the three men as he was sitting on an air conditioning unit behind his Merritts Avenue apartment. When the victim looked up, one of the suspects was holding a silver revolver handgun and asked him where he lived and who was home. 

According to Davenport, the victim advised that his parents were inside and the suspect then demanded his computer and whatever he had on his possession.  The man gave the suspect his laptop, but as he started fumbling to take off his bracelet, the suspect's phone went off. 

The suspect answered the cell phone and then the three men fled in the location toward Pine Street with just the laptop. Officers from both the Atlanta and Georgia Tech police departments canvassed the area but did not locate the suspects.

The victim described the man who took his MacBook as a black male in his 20s, standing approximately 5-foot-8 and weighing between 110 and 120 pounds.

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An unknown number but certainly vocal group of Occupy Atlanta protesters participated in a Tuesday evening march down Peachtree Street to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in Midtown that resulted in one arrest according to the APD.

A 21-year-old Hispanic male, who was charged with wearing a mask to conceal his identity, was also wanted in Cobb County for a probation violation for second degree vehicular homicide charge.

According to this Facebook page, the march was to demand a moratorium on foreclosures and an end to Fed policy that serves private interests at the expense of the 99%.”

The Facebook page reported there were two arrests. A Wednesday morning email to what was believed to be Occupy Atlanta legal representative for more information about the march was not returned.

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A home at 945 Piedmont Ave. in Midtown caught fire before the Wednesday morning rush hour. The home owner was not at the residence at the time of the small blaze that did not affect other homes in the area.

Piedmont between 8th and 10th streets was briefly closed while firefighters extinguished the blaze. No one was injured and the Atlanta Fire Department is investigating how the fire started.

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Fire investigators also say that it could take a few weeks to determine the cause of the massive fire at Doors Unlimited, Inc., in the Loring Heights neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Because the buildings affected are unstable and could collapse at any time, AFD investigators have been unable to get inside.

The business, which sells and installs garage doors and has been in operation since 1951, was closed for the day when the fire broke out. It is located at 432 Trabert Avenue near 17th Street and Atlantic Station.

Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Two people got arrested. One for wearing a mask (why aren't they arresting 5 year olds on halloween?) and one for posting flyers (sure hope you don't lose your dog and make signs for it...) It's pretty obvious that the only reason these two guys were arrested was because they were involved in a 'radical' political demonstration. (walking down the sidewalk chanting and holding a sign is radical? LOL)
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 06:37 AM
BTW- Occupy Atlanta has a General Assembly or a march every Tuesday at 7pm. Join us. (Or come out and prove to your friends that you're smarter than we are.) The point of the occupation is to allow people a space to voice their grievances and organize a response. We just ask that you respect process and don't misconstrue VOLUME for SUBSTANCE.
Steve Gower August 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM
@ Dee - this should answer your first question... O.C.G.A. 16-11-38 (2010) 16-11-38. Wearing mask, hood, or device which conceals identity of wearer (a) A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he wears a mask, hood, or device by which any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer and is upon any public way or public property or upon the private property of another without the written permission of the owner or occupier of the property to do so. (b) This Code section shall not apply to: (1) A person wearing a traditional holiday costume on the occasion of the holiday; (2) A person lawfully engaged in trade and employment or in a sporting activity where a mask is worn for the purpose of ensuring the physical safety of the wearer, or because of the nature of the occupation, trade, or profession, or sporting activity; (3) A person using a mask in a theatrical production including use in Mardi gras celebrations and masquerade balls; or (4) A person wearing a gas mask prescribed in emergency management drills and exercises or emergencies.
Justin W. Steigerwalt August 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Is this who the Occupy people are? Guilty of vehicular homicide. Maybe I should not be surprised.
Matthew August 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Nice job APD!! Let's get rid of these hippies, and liberal fools, they always have something to say while playing a banjo in a public park which was paid for by taxes and the local GOVERNMENT!
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That may be who that occupy person is, but surely you realize that's not who all the occupy people are. BTW- vehicular homicide doesn't mean it was an intentional homicide (I'm sure the TEA party had some folks with unsavory pasts as well) it just means that someone died as a result of a traffic accident.
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Matthew- maybe you should come out and show us what we're doing wrong? I'm assuming by your post that you're completely happy with your government and how it's run? Because believe it or not, our government is NOT run by the people. It's run by wealthy lobbyists. You should do some research on the organization ALEC and how much influence they have in our government when it comes to bills and legislation...
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Thanks for the info, although parts 1, 2, and 3 seem kind of open-ended... What's the difference between a political protest and a mardi gras parade? What about the posting of flyers though?
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
BTW- a correction to the article- the violation of his probation was getting arrested at the march. The author of this article is a little misleading in his 'reporting.' The individual was doing everything he was supposed to (aside from the mask) and if the cops had told him to take it off instead of just throwing him in the police car, I'm sure he would have.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Dee, the 'reporting' of the probation issue came directly from the APD. An email sent to legal@occupyatlanta.org at 10:12 a.m. yesterday morning attempting to obtain more information has yet to be responded to.
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The purpose of the legal committee is not to issue press releases. The purpose of the legal committee is to provide support for people who get arrested using tactics approved by the General Assembly. In fact, I would hope that the legal committee WOULDN'T give you information. You'd probably be better off coming down to the assembly and learning about these things first hand. Every Tuesday at 7pm in Woodruff Park.
Dee Rockin August 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
(I didn't mean for that to sound like a PERSONAL attack, I just hope that the legal committee wouldn't give people's information out to ANYONE, not just you.)
Hunt Archbold (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Dee, no one was looking for a press release, just some sort of communication as to who might be best to speak with about Occupy Atlanta and its protest(s) when they're in Midtown. If you want to discuss this further, please feel free to call me during normal business hours at 678-620-7320. Also, if there is an Occupy Atlanta contact that I can reach out to in the future, please send to me at midtown@patch.com. Thanks.
Nikolas Kral August 16, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Yes, Join us. Every Tuesday at Woodruff/Troy Davis Park in downtown Atlanta.
Dee Rockin August 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I will bring your message to the General Assembly and ask them how they best want to issue a press release. But as I said, the BEST way to get ACCURATE info on what happens during our demonstrations is to come out and see them yourself. (It's obvious that the cops aren't going to give you accurate information as they can't even tell you how many people they arrested.) Every Tuesday at 7pm at Woodruff Park. You can even come out and voice some of your concerns both with our government and the way it's controlled by wealthy business interests, or even with the movement itself.
Dee Rockin August 18, 2012 at 01:21 AM
As clarification- We had a media committee once upon a time (when we were camping in the park) but it has since been abolished. We effectively hit the 'reset' button on the entire occupation about a month ago as we felt the entire process was too bureaucratic and tedious. Every decision is now made by the General Assembly, to include press releases and statements to the media. We will not reinstate the media committee (i hope) but I will ask the GA what they want to do about issuing statements following a demonstration.

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