This much talked about incident occurred about 8 p.m. on 10/19 on Los Angeles Avenue just west of North Highland Avenue. Our Officer Woolfolk was on duty at the time and told me “I was right around the corner when it occurred. After receiving the call from 911, I arrived on the scene within three minutes – that’s how close I was to the incident. Needless to say, I felt terrible I didn’t run right into the perpetrators as they were fleeing the scene.” Two w/f were robbed at gunpoint by two b/m (described as thin, 6’0″ to 6’2″ and wearing jeans and baggy sweatshirts). Victim stated they spoke in a somewhat passive and begging tone as if they didn’t want to chance anything going wrong, where they would have to use force. The perps fled on foot and there were no physical injuries reported. Another similar robbery with w/f victims and similar descriptions of the b/m perps occurred 25 minutes before just south of here in Beat 604.
Major Dalton had already placed additional patrol cars on duty here, in L5P, Inman Park, and East Atlanta where similar incidents have also occurred. In Zone 5 to the west of us – additional patrols are also on duty in Midtown where they have also had several armed pedestrian robberies. No – this is not just a VaHi problem.
Officer Woolfolk urges pedestrians to be very vigilant, and aware. This means if you have a need to talk on your cell phone, pause to take the call – then continue walking after hanging up. Don’t be perceived as an easy target.
Enjoy your Halloween weekend and stay safe.