Friday, May 24, 2013
Three men under the age of 25 have been charged with multiple counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm during commission of a felony and credit card fraud.
The Atlanta Police have connected two of the car-bumping carjacking suspects to other vehicle hijacking and robbery crimes, which occurred in late April and in early May. Ronnie Houston, 24, Darius McKenzie, 23, and Sedarius Tidwell, 22, have all been arrested and charged with multiple counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm during commission of a felony and credit card fraud. According to police, the crimes began on April 21with the theft of a 1998 Honda Accord on Fairburn Road in southwest Atlanta. Here's the rundown of the crime spree from a release provided by APD: "The men then used that vehicle to steal a Volkswagen GTI on April 22at gunpoint on Greenwood …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The huge fire on Marietta Street WILL affect your morning commute. Expect road closures, delays in the area.
The huge fire on Marietta Street WILL affect your morning commute. Expect road closures, delays in the area. For video follow this link from Jennifer Leslie's Vine account that was posted on her Twitter page. Jennifer Leslie is a reporter with 11Alive News. The business on fire is United Transmission Service located at 350 Marietta Street. The Atlanta Fire Department is on the scene, but no word on the cause of the fire. Plumes of smoke could be seen from morning joggers in Piedmont Park all the way to the AUC.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Midtown Security Alliance reports auto break-ins are on the rise.
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Monday, May 20
Editor's note: The following crime update is from the Midtown Security Alliance, which has shared it with Midtown Patch. CAR BREAK-INS ON THE RISE NOTES FROM THE STREETS OF MIDTOWN
On Monday, May 20 from 5 – 6 pm.
(The following is an announcement submitted by the office of Atlanta City Council) Major crime in Atlanta is down 18 percent since 2010. However, the recent rash of petty thefts, including iPhone thefts or "Apple picking", has created the perception that crime is worse than ever. On Monday, May 20, from 5 – 6 pm, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will host his first “Twitter Chat” to hear the public’s opinions and ideas on how best to combat crime in the city. Monday’s chat is an invitation from the Council President for anyone on Twitter to participate in an open exchange about crime in Atlanta and to share ideas on solutions to continue the decline. Questions addressed during the Twitter Chat will be selected both in …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Gunfire was exchanged after a dispute outside of a party.
Atlanta Police Detectives are still piecing together events that occurred during the early morning hours on Monday outside of the Savannah Midtown Apartments on North Avenue. Sgt. Gregory Lyon told Midtown Patch that, "preliminary information is that a 23-year-old male was invited to a party at the location, 215 North Avenue." Lyon says that this individual was injured by a gunshot wound to the head. "On arrival, he encountered a male with whom he had been having an ongoing dispute. The victim told investigators he left the party, but was followed by that individual and several other males," according to Sgt. Lyon. Apparently a scuffle may have occurred outside in the parking deck. Sgt Lyon says that the victim, "says he was shot at, …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Atlanta Police Department remembers those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Atlanta Police Department lost three of its members last year and honored them Tuesday in a memorial service at Atlanta City Hall. The service was held in advance of next week's annual Police Memorial Week in Washington, D.C. where the names of those three officers, Gail D. Thomas, Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley, will be placed on the National Police Memorial Wall. Senior Officer Gail D. Thomas of Austell, 46, was struck by a vehicle while assisting another officer at a traffic accident on the Brookwood Interchange ramp in between Midtown and Buckhead. A sworn police officer for 15 years, she died at the scene. She is survived by her daughter, father, brothers and extended family. Officer Richard J. Halford of Lithia Springs, age 48…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Two men accosted the victim and took her iPhone.
A woman on a morning jog was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday near the Atlanta BeltLine Trail behind the 900 block of Monroe Drive, Atlanta police said. And in what has been an all too common trend in Atlanta, the targeted prize was the victim's iPhone. The victim, 40, told police she was jogging south on Monroe and was headed toward the BeltLine at 11 a.m. She told police that as she jogged, she noticed two men off to the side, standing suspiciously. The jogger told police that she felt they were making moves to approach her, but she continued to jog. Once she ran past one of the men, the other male approached pulled his shirt to show a gun in the waistband of his pants and barked at her to hand over her items. He told her to remain calm, not …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Carol Costello was in the middle of a conversation on her iPhone when she says teens ran up behind her, and one snatched the phone, WSB TV reports.
CNN anchor Carol Costello's iPhone was stolen in midtown May 2 by teens as she was in the middle of a conversation, WSB TV reports. Here is part of Costello's Facebook post last Friday about the incident, which WSB says took place as she walked southbound in the 1100 block of Piedmont Ave.: Good Morning. In retrospect, what happened to me yesterday is insignificant in light of what happened in the Boston. Still, I feel the need to vent. And isn't that what friends are for? I was robbed. And I am angry. I was walking down a beautiful, leafy Atlanta street, talking on my IPhone. Guess what happened next? Three teenagers ran up behind me. One of them grabbed my IPhone. Stupidly I struggled to hold on-to it. But, he was a big guy. And he …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The robbers took the victim's wallet and car and then fired at the Good Samaritan who came to his aid.
Atlanta police are looking for three robbers, including a gunman, who robbed a man late Monday and fired at a Good Samaritan who came to his aid. The robbers pounced on the victim as he walked to his car from the gym and cornered him on West Peachtree Street between 7th and 12th streets. They took his wallet and car, according to CBS Atlanta News, and a Good Samaritan drove after to try and get the license plate of the robbers' vehicle, which was following the victim's car. But the gunman fired at the Good Samaritan — striking his windshield — at which point he gave up the chase. Read CBS Atlanta News' full story here.
One man was forced into his trunk and not released until the police arrived.
Atlanta Police are investigating to see if the recent carjackings of two Georgia Tech students and Buckhead armed robberies may be connected. One of the carjacking victims, who are Georgia Tech students, told WSB that the suspects seemed "pretty coordinated" and confronted them with a gun as soon as he opened his car door. They took the students' wallets, cell phones and car keys, WSB reports. The victim was being dropped off by a friend at his Pharr Road apartment on Friday night. He said he thinks the suspects were waiting in their cars across the street and watching them. The men then drove away from the scene in three separate cars, which a police spokesman said is "unusual." Two armed robberies committed on Sunday morning less than a …