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VaHi Safety Team Report

October 2, 2019

Table of Contents

Significant Incidents

Greenwood "Creeper"
There have been multiple reports via Nextdoor of an individual who is peeping in windows and creeping in dark areas around properties on Greenwood Avenue. The activity seems to be most common in the blocks closer to N. Highland. Reports indicate the suspect dresses all in black including a face mask. APD has been quick to respond when called, but the suspect has not yet been apprehended. In some cases he has been chased away by residents. The best advice to keep yourself safe is to make sure doors and windows are locked. Always be alert when walking or exiting your vehicle. Avoid entering dark areas if possible. All residents can help by turning on outside lights are dusk and leaving them on until morning. A front porch light, doorbell cameras, motion activated spotlights, etc. can be very helpful to discourage bad behavior. Also, for anyone that might have video of this individual, please forward it to Zone 6 Criminal Investigation Division at Zone6CID@atlantaga.gov

Virginia-Highland Security Patrol Reports
Aggravated Assault – 1033 Monroe Dr
On August 29, police were dispatched to a dispute call at the “Pups and Tubs” dog grooming shop on Monroe Dr.  The victim reported having a verbal dispute with a customer.  According to the victim, the customer (suspect) came into the shop with his dog and stated that he had to go out of town soon and needed his dog groomed.  The victim stated that he never made any promises to have the grooming done by a specific time.  The suspect later came back to the shop and the grooming service was not completed, at which point the victim advised the suspect “went off on him” and began threatening him by referencing a “gun in his car” and saying something about his family.  The victim did not recall the specific threats made. 

Burglary – 700-Block Virginia Circle
On Tuesday, September 10, at approximately 1:35 am police responded to a suspicious person call in the 700-block of Virginia Circle.  The victim / homeowner advised she was lying in bed when she heard a pounding noise around 1:32 am.  At first, she thought it was her daughter moving about the house. While walking towards her daughter's room she heard the pounding again and realized it was coming from the rear basement door.  She turned on the rear porch light and the pounding stopped immediately. One of the panels to the basement door had been punched out next to the door handle. The suspect was unable to make entry due to a deadbolt. A red substance, possibly blood, was observed on the broken shards of glass still attached to the panel. The screen on the window next to the basement door had been bent away from the frame. There appeared to be smudged hand prints on the glass.  A security camera was pointed at the basement door but was not operational at the time.  Investigators took fingerprints, photographs, and collected the broken shards of glass with blood.

Halloween Happenings

Pumpkin Patch October 5th


Join us for a pumpkin patch party! Virginia-Highland Civic Association and Intown Ace Hardware are hosting a pumpkin patch party on Saturday, October 5th! Join us for apple cider and fall treats from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The pumpkin patch is opening this week and will run through October 31st. Be sure to support local and get your pumpkins at Ace Intown!

Movie Night October 11th


Friday October 11 bring your blanket, chairs and snacks for double feature night in North Highland Park. Casper will entertain the little ones at 7:00 pm followed by Beetlejuice for the big kids at 9:00 pm. Free and all welcome! More Info

4th Annual VAHI Kids Halloween Parade
Saturday Oct 26th


Candy Crawl Crossing Guards Needed


The North Highland Candy Crawl is Back. Sponsored by civic and business associations in Virginia-Highland and Morningside, this fun event will take place on Tuesday evening October 29th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This fun, family-friendly event is meant to show support for our N Highland Avenue businesses, and bring our neighbors together. And of course, this will give the kids an opportunity to hone their trick or treating skills, and perhaps bring their parents into businesses they have not frequented in the past.

Participating businesses from the four commercial nodes along N. Highland (Morningside Village, Amsterdam, Virginia-Highland, and Atkins Park), will make sure there's candy inside for the kids.  In the past, some businesses offered specials and treats for the adults as well. A list of participating businesses will be posted on Nextdoor as we get closer to the date, so check there for more information. 

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association and Morningside Lenox Park Association will organize crossing guard volunteers for families to cross busy intersections safely along N. Highland.  Click here to volunteer.

Quick Notes

Terry Noble - Reported last month as arrested for burglary and home invasion. Mr. Noble is still in jail awaiting trial. A pre-trail conference scheduled in front of Judge Craig Schwall took place on 11/3/2019and we are awaiting an update from the CourtWatch Director. Also Mr. Noble has a Plea & Arraignment hearing with Judge Schwall on 10/3/19 on other burglary charges.

Jesse James Collins - Reported last month as arrested for aggravated cruelty to animals. Mr. Collins is still out on a signature bond and awaiting indictment. No further information is available at this time.

Changes for Zone 6 Community Prosecution - On September 10th we were informed by Krystal Lunsford, CourtWatch Director with the Fulton County Community Prosecution Division that Keith Lamar has left the Fulton County District Attorney's office to start his own law firm. Keith Lamar served as the Zone 6 Prosecutor for the last several years and supervised the community prosecution program for the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. He will be missed. If you have any questions for Mr. Lamar, please feel free to email him at info@lamarlawoffices.com. We do not yet have word who will be taking over the important role of Zone 6 Prosecutor but will continue to work with Ms. Lunsford to track serious cases in the zone. 

Crime Statistics

  Beat 601  Zone 6
Aggravated Assault -- 26
Auto Theft 1 11
Burglary Non-Residential   -- 6
Burglary Residential 1 11
Larceny From Vehicle 21 202
Larceny Non-Vehicle 3 88
Homicide -- 1
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 1
Robbery Pedestrian -- 10
Robbery Residential -- --
 

Vehicles were entered on Amsterdam, Briarcliff Rd, Clemont, Elmwood, Greenwood, Highland Terrace, Hudson, Kentucky, Lanier, Los Angeles, N. Highland (4), Ponce de Leon Ave (4), Rosedale Rd, Rosedale DR (2), and Virginia. 
  601    602    613    614
Aggravated Assault -- 1 -- --
Auto Theft 1 2 -- 1
Burglary Non-Residential     -- -- -- --
Burglary Residential 1 1 -- 2
Larceny From Vehicle 21 25 15 8
Larceny Non-Vehicle 3 11 1 8
Homicide -- -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial -- -- -- --
Robbery Pedestrian -- 1 1 1
Robbery Residential -- -- -- --
   
Beat 601 = all of Virginia-Highland

Beat 602 = Poncey-Highland and Inman Park

Beat 613 = Morningside and parts of Piedmont Heights and Lindridge Martin Manor

Beat 614 = Part of Midtown East including the Garden District
If you are a resident and not connected with your street captain, please send a message to safety@vahi.org to be introduced.

If you are not a resident but would like to be added to the distribution for these reports, please send a message to me at VaHiSafety@gmail.com with your name, email address, and affiliation. Thanks.
 
Stay Safe!
 
Kay Stephenson
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