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.