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VaHi Safety Team Report

September 5, 2020

Table of Contents

Significant Incidents

These detailed reports are provided courtesy of the
Virginia-Highland Security Patrol (VHSP)


Commercial Robbery 1025 North Highland Ave

On July 30 at 2:54 AM, police responded to a robbery at a business call at 1025 N Highland Ave (Food Mart / Chevron).  Upon arrival, the officer discovered the front door of the business broken and laying on the ground.  The cashier explained that he noticed a silver Chevrolet sedan sitting in front of the store for approximately 30 minutes without anyone exiting the vehicle to come into the store.  Becoming suspicious, the cashier locked the front door
As he looked out the door, he noticed two black males walking east on Virginia Ave past the store.  One of the males was pushing a bicycle.  Shortly afterwards, he noticed both males walk back past the store traveling west.  He looked closer and observed the male pushing the bicycle had a cap, a navy blue / tan jacket and blue jeans. The second male had a white t-shirt on.  The two males walked across N Highland Ave and out of view.  Shortly afterwards, the silver sedan left from the front of the store and drove over to the Wells Fargo Bank.  The driver stopped and parked outside the bank.
Shortly thereafter, the black male who had been pushing the bicycle came back to the Chevron without the bike.  The second male, who the cashier estimated to be in his early 40s, came to the window, knocked and asked if they were still selling beer.  The cashier answered yes, and opened the door to let him in.  The suspect entered the store, went to the standing cooler and retrieved one can of beer and brought it up to the cash register.  As the cashier walked from the front door to go back to the register, the suspect pulled out a black pistol, pointed it at the cashier and demanded that he give up the cash.
The cashier was at the door of the bullet-proof room, so he just opened the door and closed it in the suspect’s face.  The cashier then pushed the panic button that set off the alarm in the store.  The suspect then ran back to the front of the bullet-proof room where the cash registered and the opening for cash/card exchange occurs.  The suspect tried to put the gun under the opening, but quickly pulled it back and ran out of the store.  As he went to go out of the door, he pushed against the right side of the double-width doors.  As he did not realize the door on the left was unlocked, he pushed the right door with enough force to pull both doors off the hinges.  The suspect then ran west on Virginia Ave and may have possibly turned on Todd Rd NE, though the cashier could not be sure.  The cashier provided police with video footage from the store’s security cameras which confirmed everything he had explained. 

Aggravated Assault 1000-Block Monroe Dr (Two Subjects Arrested)

On August 2, 2020, police responded to a person injured call on the 1000-block of Monroe Dr.  Upon arrival, police met the reporting party (Daughter) who stated that her mother (Mother) injured her during a dispute.  Daughter stated that she and Mother went out to a party the previous night to celebrate Mother’s birthday.  Daughter stated they consumed several alcoholic beverages throughout the night and had a great time. Daughter also stated her mother cannot maintain herself in a civil manner when she is under the influence, therefore, leading to a verbal dispute at their residence, which escalated into a physical altercation. Daughter stated her mother grabbed a knife and came towards her, also holding it up to her neck. Daughter then ran for the door screaming "HELP" until a passerby assisted her with dialing 911. When police arrived, they observed an abrasion to Daughter’s head and scrapes on her knuckles and knees.  Police spoke with Mother and immediately noticed evidence of blunt force trauma to her lip.  Mother stated her daughter cannot maintain her alcohol and they got into a verbal altercation.  Mother stated there was a tussle, but it did not involve a knife.  She also denied that her daughter caused the injury to her lip.  Daughter told police that she was responsible for the injury to Mother’s lip because she was trying to escape the threat.  An ambulance arrived on scene and checked both parties out and both Daughter and Mother declined further evaluation.  Because police could not determine the primary aggressor in the incident, both Daughter and Mother were taken into custody.  Mother was charged with Aggravated Assault 16-5-21, and Daughter was also taken into custody and charged with simple battery DV 16-5-23(f).  Both parties were taken to Grady detention for further medical evaluation.

Burglary 800-Block Arlington Pl NE (Bicycle Stolen)

On August 21, 2020 at approximately 9:36 AM, police responded to a call concerning theft of a bicycle.  The victim stated that he went to bed last night around 10:00 PM.  When he got up this morning around 9:00 AM, he noticed that the door to his carport storage room was ajar.  He then discovered that his black Kona Commuter bike with white lettering, valued approximately $1000, was stolen.  There were no suspects, witnesses, or video recording devices on scene.  The victim stated that the storage room door was not locked, and there was no damage done to his property during the theft.

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Airbnb Cracks Down on Party Houses

From our Morningside/Lenox Park neighbors...
Over the last several months, neighbors have made numerous complaints about Airbnb party houses in Morningside.  About 2 weeks ago, Airbnb suspended or removed more than 50 listings in Atlanta that were known to host large parties.  Airbnb subsequently banned all parties and events and limited occupancy to 16 people across global listings. Thank you to those neighbors who provided feedback.  Please feel free to contact us if you have additional concerns.  Airbnb also has a link for neighbors to use to register complaints

VHCA Elections

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association will be holding a virtual election later this month to elect new directors to the board and to approve the bylaws. You must opt-in to be a member of the association and to vote. There are no fees or other restictions to join except that you must be 18 years of age and reside in Virginia-Highland. The deadline to register is September 9th and then you will be provided with details on how to vote via email. All adults in each household are eligible to register. Find more information and register here

2020 Census

Have you completed the 2020 Census yet? Reports indicate that our % complete is quite low compared to other states. Undercounting as a result of people not completing the census will have a direct impact on all funding that comes from the federal government such as transportation, schools, and all safety net programs. Reduction in funding for these programs will impact public safety. If you have not yet completed the census please respond today. It only takes a few minutes.

A New Commander for APD Zone 6

Effective September 10th Zone 6 will have a new commander. Major Peter Ries will be taking the helm and Major Villaroel will be moving to headquarters. Virginia-Highland (Beat 601) is happy to welcome Major Ries to the zone and we look forward to partnering to keep all members of our community safe.

Crime Statistics

Note that, beginning in April 2020, APD is no longer breaking out the type of burglary, larceny or robbery (i.e. commercial, residential or pedestrian) so this information can not be reported or compared to earlier periods. 
August 2020 Beat
   601    602     613     614
Aggravated Assault 2 1 3 --
Auto Theft 2 7 1 --
Burglary Non-Residential   2 -- 2 --
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 10 24 16 --
Larceny Non-Vehicle
Homicide -- -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 1 1 --
Robbery Pedestrian
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
August 2020    
  Beat 601           Zone 6
Aggravated Assault 2 35
Auto Theft 2 43
Burglary Non-Residential 2 33
Burglary Residential
Larceny From Vehicle 10 183
Larceny Non-Vehicle
Homicide -- 1
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial -- 7
Robbery Pedestrian
Robbery Residential

Data is no longer available to differentiate car break-ins from other larcenies, so locations of vehicle entry can not be reported. 
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Stay Safe!
Kay Stephenson
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