Police Arrest 2 of 4 Suspects in Midtown Muggings

Two pedestrians were robbed Sunday night.

Atlanta police have arrested two men suspected in two muggings that occurred Sunday night in Midtown.

Talon Bradley, 23, is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated battery and armed robbery, according to Atlanta Police Department spokesman Officer John Chafee. 

Police are not releasing the name of the second person arrested because he is a juvenile. Chafee said he also is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated battery and armed robbery.

The men are suspected in two muggings that happened the night of Aug. 7.

Around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a pedestrian robbery call at 705 Juniper St. The victim told police he was walking down Juniper when he was approached by four men and shoved against a fence, Chafee said. 

"The victim advised that one suspect held a gun to his head while the others went into his pockets and took his wallet and cell phone," Chafee said. "After taking the items, two suspects began punching the victim in his face and head. The suspects then fled on foot. The victim received a broken nose from the assault."

A second victim said he was sitting on a vehicle near 970 Piedmont Ave. when the four suspects approached him. The victim told police that one of the men put a gun to his head while the others went through his pockets and took his wallet, cell phone and cash. 

"The suspects then punched the victim in his face and began walking away," Chafee said. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the four suspects surrounding the man, Chafee said. Officers were able to apprehend two of the men. 

"One suspect was found in possession of what appeared to be a real handgun but was later determined to be a BB gun, and the other was found in possession of the first victim’s cell phone," Chafee said. 

Police have been looking for a person responsible for shooting a BB gun at pedestrians and property from a Midtown condo building, the AJC reported. 

Police on Monday said they didn't know if the men arrested Sunday night are responsible for the BB shootings. 

"I guess anything is possible but at this time the incidents do not appear related," Chafee said. 

Marc Acampora August 09, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Ugga, my guess is they were black because the article makes no mention of their color. If they were white, a description would have been provided. And if they were Japanese it would have made headlines. Why am I certain they were not Japanese?
Patrick August 09, 2011 at 01:17 PM
"One suspect was found in possession of what appeared to be a real handgun but was later determined to be a BB gun" To the best of my knowledge, a BB Gun IS a "real gun" and could easily kill you if used against your head at point-blank range. I hope this technicality is not overlooked in the prosecution of these fine young citizens. I am also concerned about the way the group of four casually robbed someone at gunpoint, THEN assaulted them for good measure, THEN proceded to walk around the corner and do it again. It says to me that they felt bringing that sort of crime to this neighborhood was "no big deal". Sounds like "our 'hood" has become "their 'hood". Let's hope we can get more active police and Midtown Blue patrols operating on Sunday nights when the park and its Sunday evening patrons begin to clear out.
Patrick August 09, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Here is Bradley's mugshot. A picture is worth a thousand words. http://inmates.fultonsheriff.net/PublicBookings_view.asp?editid1=1126585
Zane DeCesare August 09, 2011 at 02:26 PM
To everyone asking...yes they were all black and yes I also hope the BB gun thing doesn't hold up. I was the second victim that night and that gun felt every bit of real against my head.
Patrick August 09, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Zane--Really sorry this happened to you, guy. From the article it seems this could have happened to anyone walking around in Midtown Sunday evening. In hindsight, do you feel there is anything you could/should have done to prevent the attack? Do you have any advice for other Midtown residents? Do you think the police responded properly to the attack? Were you treated well by them? I really hope they were professional with you. Best wishes to you!
Joshua Shook August 09, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Yeah, just so I'm not reading and not replying, the first victim that night = me. And to back up Zane's point, whether or not it was BB gun, it definitely FELT real pressed into my stomach. And the fact that they broke my nose and lip after they got what they wanted makes it worse, imo. It wasn't really a robbery in my case. They pretty much beat me up for the hell of it afterward.
Marc C August 09, 2011 at 03:20 PM
This should NOT have happened!! I saw these same 4 guys on the corner of 905 and at exactly 11:22 pm (it's on my phone) and I immediately called 911 and specifcally told them about these 4 incredibly suspicious guys! The operator seemed incredulous and questioned me as to why I was calling if I actually hadn't seen them do something wrong! Joshua and Zane, you need to call the police and have them PULL THE TAPE OF THE CALL! I was ADAMANT and kept repeating the address of 905 JUNIPER strongly and firmly! Have your attorney call immediately. I felt so strongly that they were up to no good.... I can pick out the guy in the red shirt out of a 100 people I remember him so clearly in my mind. They were BAD BAD BAD.
Ben Nicoara August 09, 2011 at 03:22 PM
this is incredibly frightening, especially since i live less than a block away. i walk around this area at night a lot. oftentimes alone. i truly hope the police take care of this situation and patrol our area so it doesn't happen again. my most sincere feelings go out to joshua and zane, and the other victims. i hope you guys are doing ok!
Urbanist August 09, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Marc's comment seems pretty typical of the Atlanta Police response to anything that's not an absolute threat. They're lazy and apathetic at preventing crime, and it's questionable whether or not they're really that motivated to responding to one after it happens. This isn't even remotely as severe, but months ago I was walking home from dinner, and a car full of people drove by and shot a couple of people (myself being one of them) with a paintball gun, at the corner of 10th & Peachtree. I ran after the car, and my girlfriend called the police. I wouldn't have called, but since she did, and since I was fuming, we stayed to file a report. Some POS cop showed up, asked me 3 times whether or not I wanted to file a report, made it clear he didn't give a sh*t, and then took what I'm pretty sure amounted to a fake call, and left without filing a report...leaving me with a number to call. Point is, the crime wasn't a big deal, but having a cop that shows up and basically says "I don't care about helping you after a crime, no matter how big or small", is pathetic. Oh, and my phone calls/emails to the police chief went unanswered.
Chris H August 09, 2011 at 05:50 PM
You always hear the police saying, "Report anything suspicious". And to hear that they did not even give a shit when people reported this is just as scary as the crime that was committed.
Zane DeCesare August 09, 2011 at 06:05 PM
To answer Patrick..I don't specifically know anything that I could have done to prevent the attack besides staying right by my friend, who was with me. He had walked ahead a block (he was on the phone or something I don't really recall) and in the short time that I stopped and was alone my attack happened. To travel in a group seems like an obvious solution, but not the direction I like to take my thoughts. I don't think that should have to be part of the mentality of midtown residents. A stronger and more vigilant police presence would help. Also, to comment on what Marc (who I spoke with on the phone with earlier today and who I am very grateful to for calling the police upon suspecting the guys) said I plan on being as adamant as possible with the police. It shouldn't have happened, but it did.
David August 09, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Zane: If you want that 911 call tape, you will almost definitely have to file an Open Records Act request, OCGA 50-18-72; police are generally not responsive to informal requests. Here are two links to help you through the process. http://www.gfaf.org/resources/sunshine_laws.pdf http://www.gfaf.org/traditionalRecordsRequest.html. You may also want to google "situational awareness." If you care to look into arming yourself for your own protection, please see: http://www.georgiacarry.org/ and http://www.georgiapacking.org/index.php for excellent resources on the Second Amendment in Georgia.
Cassandra August 09, 2011 at 09:19 PM
this is why we NEVER go outside at night in Midtown EVER without our Glock 45 cal. handgun and 12 round extended magazine with Glaser safety slugs. We carry it even to walk the dog in the yard. If someone is approaching us we cross the street. One of these punks will eventually meet someone with a real gun
Chris August 10, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Witnesses should call the media about the pathetic 911 response, and they will get the tapes!
WCB August 10, 2011 at 08:59 PM
First, I'm sorry to both victims. Second, examples need to be made to these thugs. I just don't get it. As a black male myself, my fellow black male race embarrasses me. The crime, prison stats is ridiculous. I say, people, protect yourselves in whatever way necessary. Be the ones that bring it to these thugs!!
Mike S August 12, 2011 at 09:49 PM
WCB why are you apologising to the first 2 idiot commenters who make everything about race? Pay more attention race is most certainly mentioned more often when the suspect is black so give me a break. Blacks tend to get a stiffer sentence as well as get arrested for a crime they didn't commit. Do a little research before being an internet race troll.
Marc Acampora August 13, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Mike S, I'm not an idiot and I do not "make everything about race". Second, WCB was not apologizing to me and the first commenter, he was apologizing to the victims. I agree that WCB bears no responsibility to apologize for thugs. Third, race IS a factor. A very high proportion of the predators committing these crimes seems to be young black men. Midtown's population is predominately white. It suggests that these thugs may be coming from elsewhere which could assist police and neighbors in developing a strategy to reduce these crimes. Finally, race should ALWAYS be mentioned when providing a description of criminals, especially if they are still wanted, as it is a very distinguishing characteristic.
mbop August 13, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Agree. Can we please stop being so sensitive and politically correct about everything? The fact is there are young black men with guns invading a neighborhood they seem to think will be easy to terrorize. If they were white, yellow, red, or green, I'd feel the same way. They are vicious criminals and must be stopped.
Frank Montgomery August 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM
to Josh or Zane, IF you had a weapon(from gun to pepper spray) would you have had time to use it on your attackers-----or were you completely surprised?
DAP August 16, 2011 at 01:54 PM
So is the lesson here that everyone should carry concealed guns?
President Taft October 20, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Right. So - best case scenario is that you kill some teenager for trying to take your wallet? More likely scenario is that you pull a Plaxico Burress, shoot yourself, or shoot some innocent bystander or random person approaching you for directions.
President Taft October 20, 2011 at 03:46 PM
How fast are these dudes? If I'm an athlete, can I run them down? The problem of course, is that we don't know if their guns are real until they get arrested.


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