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Suspect arrested in Midtown armed robbery

It was a busy early Wednesday morning for Atlanta Police Department Zone 5 officers

Separate incidents resulted in a pair of arrests in Midtown early Wednesday morning including one man on a charge of armed robbery.

According to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones, two brothers were leaving the nightclub , located at 714 Spring Street, at approximately 3:45 a.m. The men were walking to where their car was parked at the nearby Arby’s when they were approached by two men, one who pointed a handgun at the victims and stated, "Give me all you got or I'll kill you."

According to Officer Jones, one victim took all his money out of his pockets and dropped it on the ground and then placed his hands on the hood of his vehicle. The suspects picked up his money and then attempted to rob the victm’s brother. But there were too many people coming out of the club at the time, so the two suspects took off running from the location.

At this point, a Georgia Tech police officer noticed the two suspects running from the Arby's parking lot, get into a Grey Toyota Prius, and speed off. The Georgia Tech officer followed the Prius before pulling the vehicle over near the intersection of Spring and 17th streets.

Having been notified of a pedestrian robbery, APD Zone 5 officers converged on the scene and later the two victims were brought to where the vehicle had been stopped.

At this point, the victims positively identified one of the suspects, Duane McNeil, 40, who was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and transported to the Fulton County Jail. The driver of the vehicle could not be positively identified by the victims, and therefore was released.

A little while later in a separate incident, APD Officer Phyllis White was on a routine patrol in Monroe Drive/Monroe Circle area when she noticed shattered glass on the ground. The officer decided to leave the area for a bit and come back to the location.

According to Officer Jones, Officer White returned to 816 Monroe Circle at approximately 4:15 a.m. and noticed a male actively going through a vehicle. Officer White engaged the suspect, and he stepped out of the vehicle and began to run.

Other units responded to the area and the suspect was captured. James A Booker, 50, who also had in his possession stolen checks from a previous break-in, was charged with two counts of entering an auto, theft by taking and obstruction.

“This is great police work by a young and energetic female officer who has been with the Atlanta Police Department less than two years,’’ said Officer Jones in an email.

Tammy May 23, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I was going to comment that at least the robbers were eco friendly driving a grey Toyota Prius but then I realized that it was probably stolen.
JustinK May 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Or legally borrowed somehow since they didn't charge him w/ it (or anything). Can't figure out why it says they released the driver after they couldn't ID him as a suspect in the robbery. One would think at the minimum you'd have him on aiding/abetting in the commission of a felony since he was driving the getaway car.
Alan May 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Im betting both suspects are AAs and at least one has DREADS!!!
Rick D. Day May 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM
As owners of the entertainment complex where the two men were laving, we take safety very serious down here on Spring Street. Unfortunately, with success comes unwanted attention from the criminal element. We have had a great neighbors' relationship with Arbys' for almost 7 years. We lease the lot and employ a Arbys' staff member to watch the lot. Working with Arby's management has resulted in an agreement to keep their powerful parking lot lights on all night, instead of turning them off at midnight. This, with some well placed high intensity pole lights, broader security sweeps and more cameras in the lot, should deter future attempts of brazen stupidity. Fortunately for the robbers, the lot attendant was not close by, or there would have been most likely an unfortunate ending for the perpetrators. That perp might be placed in another locker other than in jail. Our attendants more times than not are legally armed.
bryan May 24, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Kudos to the Monroe Cir police response. I think I counted 8 to 10 police cars helping corral "the suspect".

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