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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. 

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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