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Pair Arrested in Midtown Neighborhood Armed Robbery

Victim chases after and catches suspect before police arrive on scene

An armed pedestrian robbery in Midtown late Tuesday evening resulted in the arrest of two suspects.

According to the Atlanta Police, two male victims departed shortly after 11 p.m. and began walking east on 10th Street before turning south on Charles Allen Drive. The victims said they noticed a newer modeled white mini van pass them slowly and then saw two men emerge from the van.

Near 952 Charles Allen, the suspects, including one dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask, approached the victims. The suspect in the ski mask produced a handgun that he pointed at one of the victim’s head.

The suspects robbed the men of their belongings, including an iPhone, and then fled on foot south towards 8th Street. One of the victims pursued the suspects while the other victim flagged down an APD patrol car and described the white van.

The white Dodge Caravan with a Florida tag was later stopped by APD officers at 180 Ponce de Leon Avenue, where Shermaine Caison, 24, of Ellenwood, Ga., was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Meanwhile, the two suspects that were fleeing on foot split up as one of the victims provided chase. The victim eventually caught the unarmed suspect and was in a physical altercation with him on 8th Street when an APD officer arrived on scene.

Antonio Allen, 18, of Ellenwood, Ga., was arrested and charged with armed robbery. The third suspect was last seen running down Vedado Way toward Greenwood Avenue.

Marc Acampora September 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM
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John Sarine September 05, 2012 at 06:32 PM
They picked the wrong girls to eff with
Chris H September 05, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Pretty ballsy to chase the guys and fight back, but I'm glad someone is. I was really hoping one of these thugs had a busted up face in his mug shot.
Patch September 05, 2012 at 07:50 PM
great work APD and suspects for catching 2/3... the next one will be caught soon as 1 of the suspects will try for a plea deal.. not suprised that these criminals are coming from the poorer parts of south atlanta. to prey on Midtown, etc. It appears that they did not take MARTA.
Chris H September 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
A great many of these criminals are coming from Boulevard. That is a proven fact. You can't tie MARTA in as source of crime. These morons have cars or run back to Boulevard.
JM Hurricane September 06, 2012 at 01:04 AM
WOW, Unbelievable story! Again, Charles Allen Blvd. Congrats on the pursuit. Well, with black youth unemployment between 40-50% and Clayton/Dekalb/South Fulton High School graduation rates at 30% for minority males it's inevitable they're going to end up in nicer neighborhoods with a .38 snub nose stealing your iphone. Now three black children, 24 is a child to me, condemned forever to a life of poverty, prison stays and most likely 6 feet under. Utterly ostracized from society as violent felons. No Hope, No Change. This has to stop. This is just NUTS! I ask, absentee Mayor Reed are you turning Atlanta into the new Detroit?
Sara Van Beck September 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I don't think asking Mayor Reed if he's turning Atlanta into the new Detroit b/c of horrid educational systems outside of his jurisdiction is a correct question to be asking in the least. The question(s) ought to be will he back politically the running of new judges who take crime and punishment seriously (so removing those judges who are notorious for letting quality of life criminals walk out on signature bonds), what is he doing to rectify the disaster of our incarceration situation where there's no room in the jails, and what is he doing to support jail alternatives to get addicts a better shot of cleaning up to lessen the prison load long-term? Those are some issues that he could address and effect some change. At least he seems to be steering clear of APS now. That then gets to jobs - how to attract businesses/industries that need a untrained workforce into a City that has pursued top-dollar businesses and mixed use developments whilst zoned out its heavy industrial areas? The logistics industry may be thriving but i don't think it could begin to absorb the legions of youths in this general boat in the metro. This sort of mayhem is running rife south of Freedom Parkway, we just don't hear about it. I'm surprised it's taken this long to get here. So what can a mayor of Atlanta realistically do to improve the situation? B/c i really only see it getting worse~
Matthew September 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
As a midtown resident I would like to thank the APD and the victims for a job well done. It sickens me to hear of lives being risked for money. That "gun to the head" could have gone off at any moment. I have a pregnant wife and it could have been her walking down that street. We need to make an example of these guys to send a message to all the violent offenders out there that if you come to midtown and threaten someone with a gun we will throw away the key.
Chris H September 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Good is good, you are a prime example of a bad educational system.
Tammy September 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Somebody needs to medicate mawmaw again. She acting all cray cray up in here.
Alan September 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
To bad one of them Thugz didnt end up dead like the one on N. Highland last nite!!!
Marvin Greer September 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
It's not the Mayor nor the educational system. It's our current lack of morals and respect for one another. If parents raised their children with respect, morals , the importance of getting and education and being the best student they can be, can help to deter this type of criminal activity.
Chris H September 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM
And it's also a problem of kids having kids.
Sarah Vajlik September 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
CONCEALED CARRY SAVES LIVES, don't walk around at night unarmed
Sarah Vajlik September 06, 2012 at 04:34 PM
get a gun and concealed carry permit, protect yourself
Sarah Vajlik September 06, 2012 at 04:35 PM
shocked it wasn't elderly Asian men robbing people
Ms. September 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Exactly Chris. I'm a regular rider of MARTA, and I OFTEN see very young looking women with 2-3 kids in tow, and the way they speak to their children and carry them around by one arm is disturbing. On one hand it completely angers me, and on the other, you know that's how they grew up, and it's the only way they know. I got on the 36 Sunday, a young man with 3 small children, had a bag with a pit bull puppy sleeping in it. He told everyone who got on the bus that he needed to sell the puppy because he and his children were about to get evicted. I don't know how you even begin to go about stopping the trend of having as many children as you possibly can, at such an early age. The crime is only going to get worse because of our dropout rates. I do however have the opinion, that upping welfare and food stamps is an incentive to people to have more children than they need. How do you get people to care about their own future?
Chris H September 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Why is it the poorer you are the more kids you seem to have? My wife and I live in the city and do pretty well. We are about to have our first kid and going over the costs it has been a real eye opener just what having a kid costs. I can't imagine multiplying that expense 2 or 3 times and be broke! These thugs should be stealing condoms, not cell phones!
Sara Van Beck September 08, 2012 at 01:05 PM
The reason to have more kids is that you get more $$. If the feds and states re-structured the welfare system so you got less $$ for every additional child, so the 3rd kid netted you less than the 2nd, etc., there wouldn't be a reason to have kids to get $. I've yet to figure out why the Republican party hasn't seized on that. Sorta like the bad old days when poor white farmers and white immigrant factory workers had scads of kids in order to send them to work at age 6. More kids, more $$. If yer kids don't earn you money/aren't a revenue stream, you won't have so many. Sorta like the drug trade and prostitution - no customers, no market.
David September 08, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Chris, I believe Patch's comment was made with a hint of sarcasm given the periodic comments over the past 25-30 years from political leaders in surrounding counties disparaging Marta as a potential source of increased crime in their areas.
Brett September 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Good point Sara, but the Republican party can't seize on it as it would be considered racist. Much in the same way as it's apparently racist to expect people to learn to read, write, and speak English instead of ebonics. Although many inner city schools are turning out kids with absolutely no qualifications to do anything but serve fast food or sell crack, it's racial profiling to say so. Fathering babies they don't take care of with multiple women is the norm in that culture. As is living off the tax payers in one way or another through government assistance or prison. I am not a racist myself and have close (and highly successful) black friends that agree with me. These are simply facts. The government can't fix this on it's own. This segment of the black community has to change it's culture before they will even have a chance to lead productive and meaningful lives. Until then, they really have no option but to take what they can get from the government and prey on the rest of us.

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