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Trio of pre-dawn armed pedestrian robberies in Ansley, Midtown neighborhoods

Burgundy sedan utilized as the getaway vehicle in each crime.

Love was certainly not in the Valentine's Day air after a string of pre-dawn armed pedestrian robberies around the Ansley Park and Midtown neighborhoods early Thursday morning.

According to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones, at approximately 4:45 a.m., officers responded to a call at 1280 Peachtree Street where a male victim stated that he had been robbed by several black males near the intersection of Peachtree and 12th streets. [Editor's note: the address originally provided by APD was later revised to indicate that it was 1280 West Peachtree Street]

The victim reported that one of the suspects stuck a gun to his head and demanded his property. After taking the man’s undisclosed belongings, the suspects left the scene in a burgundy vehicle.

While the officers were assisting the victim, who suffered a minor cut to the head, two more area pedestrian robberies came in through dispatch. One occurred near Piedmont Avenue and The Prado and the other at 10th Street and Argonne Avenue.

In the incident at The Prado, a female victim stated that three black males approached her, with one suspect pointing a gun at her and demanding her purse. After taking her purse, the suspects reportedly left in a burgundy sedan vehicle and the victim suffered a minor bruise to her arm.

The third incident victim reported that he was walking westbound on 10th when a black male approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his property. Once the suspect took the undisclosed property, the suspect struck the victim in the face with his gun, before getting in a burgundy vehicle and leaving the scene. It is not known how serious the victim was injured.

Atlanta police reports that prior to these robberies, APD Zones 3 and 4 had pedestrian robberies that had occurred involving the same description of the Midtown suspects and vehicle.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Urbanist February 14, 2013 at 09:42 PM
No!? Really!?
Urbanist February 14, 2013 at 09:43 PM
What kind of idiot would argue that you "shouldn't be out at a certain hour"? I'm fairly certain we don't have a curfew
clancey February 14, 2013 at 09:52 PM
And arrests were DOWN 24% according to the recent article here a couple of days ago.
clancey February 14, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Here is the link to that article: http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/week-5-apd-crime-report-7-murders-in-2013-already#comments
Bonnie February 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Clancy - Sadly yes.
OnceWasAnnie February 15, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Once again, I am so very, very glad that I don't live in Atlanta anymore. In my little Decatur neighborhood (Oakhurst), if we call the police, they're here in fifteen minutes or so. In Atlanta, I once witnessed a man beating up his girlfriend. I called police and they showed up... SIX hours later!
Dookie Doo February 15, 2013 at 07:26 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. For all of you "up and coming" 20-30 somethings who want more rentals in midtown, this is what you have to live with. You want city life, you have to deal with city issues. Sure the police should do their jobs but what should be and what is are separate in and of themselves. More people = more crime. Get over it. It's what you all wanted anyway.
Rich Educated Thug February 15, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Wow, glad I don't live in midtown with the type of neighbors and crime expressed here.
Dookie Doo February 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Ya, carrying a gun will surely affect the crime rate in Atlanta. Some thug gets the drop on a citizen carrying a gun and now the thug has 2 guns. LOL. Priceless. I thought all you midtowners were supposed to be intelligent and educated. God bless the university system.
Dan D February 15, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I know I shouldn't rise to the bait 'Dookie Doo' but are you laughing at the fact that three completely innocent people were held at gunpoint just to get your point across about the rental market in Midtown? Weird.
Urbanist February 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Once again you provide an expose into the mind of a mentally challenged individual. "City life", in the sense that many hope for it, is not what Atlanta provides. The type of "city life" that many Atlantans hope for is the kind provided for by cities like NYC, San Francisco, etc. Places that have an abundance of rentals and high density populations, two factors that create a self policing element that keeps neighborhoods safe. With proper planning, more people does not equal more crime...it equals less on a per capita basis, which is what's important. Stick to your sheltered life in the burbs, with no exposure to anything outside of the homogeneous mixture of equally simple minded, short sighted, uncultured, back office commuters that you're used to, and leave the cities to people who want to make an impact in this world.
VianenBrederode February 15, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Check out the trends, crime is rising in the suburbs and falling in the city. It hasn't evened up yet, but it will. So enjoy your schadenfreude for now, it won't last.
VianenBrederode February 15, 2013 at 02:28 PM
@Maura You realize the cops showed up to the first call within 5 minutes and were still on the scene of the first incident when the other 2 occurred. I'm not sure your point is at all valid.
CityGirl220 February 15, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Protect yourself the way you seem fit..Reed and cops do it..so should you..relying on them to save you..useless! I live downtown, know my surroundings and carry a stun gun of 1.4mill volts..I hope I don't ever have to use..but am ready if I need to
Atl Resident February 15, 2013 at 03:40 PM
We have to be on the lookout for suspicious black folks in midtown who are not gay. I hate to say that, but if they were white Cubans committing the crimes then i would same the same about them... Last month while walking to meet friends at Zocalo, I saw three suspicious black guys on the phone (they were on the subway side of Piedmont) they were staring at two obviously gay guys walking their little dog across the street. I felt a dangerous vibe and I told the two guys to keep walking and that I had their back. I picked up a rock and kept staring at them... They started to break up and I called the APD and within minutes they quietly surrounded the area and arrested one of them. They went after the other two.... They might have to tried to rob them, but I would have seriously wounded at least one of them... We have to look out for people that live in the Midtown community whether they are gay, straight or whatever!
Chris H February 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM
@Atl Resident, I do the same thing. Don't hesitate and call the cops when you see thugs. You really think they are visiting any of the restaurants and bars in the area? You did the right move by calling 911. I've done it probably two dozen times in 2 years and twice that I know of it has led to arrest. One for an outstanding warrant and another for caring a concealed, stolen weapon. It sends a clear message that people are watching them and not afraid to call the cops. And I don't want to hear any racist or PC crap. We all know the difference in thugs and everyone else.
clancey February 15, 2013 at 04:16 PM
"While the officers were assisting the victim, who suffered a minor cut to the head, two more area pedestrian robberies came in through dispatch. One occurred near Piedmont Avenue and The Prado and the other at 10th Street and Argonne Avenue." Vianen, Are you trying to say that APD only has one unit to respond to a 911 call?
James February 15, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Well I personally feel that we should adopt some middle eastern justice and not the sissy, whiny, making excuses for everyone why they do what they do. When you do crimes like these, you should get flogged by a professional martial arts and tortured. I guarantee you these thugs would stop doing what they do if punishment would severe. Jail is like a retreat for them, they just exchange notes how to be a better criminal, get to work out and enough time to think about a bunch of sinister stuff to do when they get out. I am even for cutting their hand off where they held the gun.
Zewditu Demissie February 15, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Seriously? Was that really necessary?
Barry Soteroamatuer February 15, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Anyone walking around Midtown after dark unarmed is an idiot. Remember to call 911: "when seconds count, help is only minutes away"
Atl Resident February 15, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Thanks Chris... I do not see color!
James February 15, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Well the thing is that these criminals go where they think they can come up. Midtown / Buckhead is praised as the upper echelon and they also feel that those white people that live there are very gullible and yes majority of robberies in the city are done by young blacks this is fact because they love and idolize that type of lifestyle just listen to the hip hop songs. You can get mad all you want but if it is in your face it is what it is. Also crime has risen in other more prominent areas around the city such as Dunwoody and Sandy Springs and it is not because of Marta it is simply because they think that is where the money is and might be an easy catch.
SL February 15, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Why isnt this being reported on any of the major news stations?? I just watched the news and didnt hear a word. I live right at one of the locations where this occured.
SL February 15, 2013 at 06:20 PM
So right, James! They dont care if they have to go to jail, it's just a free lunch and chance to catch up with old friends. It really is too bad we dont employ and "eye for an eye" here!
RRJunkie February 15, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Not so randomly But Wait!!!! Norfolk Southern Railroad at 1200 P'tree works 3 shifts 24/7 365. We should be able to go to work without fear of being robbed at gunpoint for goodness sake!
aposter February 15, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Atlanta media often doesn't want to offend racial sensitivities by reporting all the rampant crime and the race of said perpetrators. I for one will be sending my campaign contributions to anyone who has a shot at defeating the mayor, who also seems not to want to try anything new to curtail crime.
Dookie Doo February 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM
@urbanist, Atlanta doesn't provide the city life people are hoping for? They want something like NYC or San Fran? Well guess what, ATL will never be NYC or San Fran. When ATL gets a public transportation system like NYC and a government like NYC, then it will be a real city. So now that you realize that you don't live in the city, why don't you poser city people leave for a real city?
Sara Van Beck February 16, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I have repeatedly asked for someone in the journalism field to pull the stats of random gun/violent crime since Jan. 2012, map the crimes by date and tag them to criminals' residences when caught (how many are OTP). The overall crime rate may be down, but the stranger on stranger gun crime in the intown neighborhoods has skyrocketed. South of Old Fourth Ward it's the wild wild west, but without comprehensive reporting and only spotty reporting on various Patch's, you get no scope of the issue. APD is trying, having nabbed a couple of car jacking rings, but the fact that there are multiple car jacking rings, armed mugging rings, and never mind the fleeting predators on the Beltline it is no where near enough. When a Kasim Reed supporter indicated 'for the first time we have 2,000 officers' how many of them are newly minted/green, and from my personal safety standpoint it isn't making much of any difference. The only difference is we've not yet had a bartender executed while on the job.
Ming Lin February 17, 2013 at 03:54 PM
As a foreign student currently going to school here in Atlanta, my experiences with this city has not been great so far. My biggest complain by far is CRIME. Poverty is everywhere, streets are filled with mean and nasty thugs. Local students told me I should never venture out at night. I feel like living in a dangerous third world African country rather than United States.
Jvoice May 01, 2013 at 10:58 PM
When you have the people in DC telling people that its not fair that you have money and property, and that some how you cheated them to get it, what do you expect?? Have you seen those free cell phones? Can you blame them for wanting your iPhone?

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