Monday, April 2, 2012

More ATL pedestrians report being robbed with an AK-47

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Late last week, I got in touch with APD spokesman Carlos Campos to see if any arrests had been made in association with a March 19 pedestrian robbery in Midtown. You know, the one during which two guys were held up at 10th and Piedmont by two armed men, one of whom was carrying an AK-47. No, no arrests as yet. But there were arrests made in a similar crime that took place in Castleberry Hill just a few days later.

Last Monday night - March 26 - four men were hanging out and talking on Peters Street when they were approached by a man who was wearing a mask and pointing a handgun at them. At the same time, a black Ford Expedition pulled up and three more men jumped out, one brandishing a handgun and one an AK47. The victims were ordered to the ground, and the suspects went through their pockets and collected their belongings. The men jumped back into the SUV and sped off. One of the victims suffered minor injuries when he was hit in the back of the head with an unknown object.

Three suspects were subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault (more info as we receive it).

Campos said the APD isn't ruling out the possibility that the two crimes - both of which were perpetrated by people in a black SUV - are related. According to Campos, Chief Turner has said he's "disturbed" by the crimes, and has assigned the Midtown robbery to the department's Complex Case Unit.

And a fun fact: In the great state of Georgia, it's perfectly legal to carry an unconcealed AK-47 in public, as long as you're not in a place that's restricted by law like a government building. It's not, however, legal to point one at people.

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