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VaHi Safety Team Report

February 5, 2020

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COVID-19 Update 

Current Statements from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

Vaccines for homebound residents in Georgia are available. Find information here

Resources for more information and assistance:

State of Georgia Department of Public Health
Fulton County Board of Health COVID-19 Information Hub
Atlanta Strong - COVID-19 Dashboard

The City of Atlanta has activated a text message service for COVID-19 updates. Sign up by texting “ATLCOVID19” to 88877. We are current in the Red Phase of our reopening plan. See what that means here

Significant Incidents

There were several serious incidents during the time period from June 24 thru July and reported to us by

Robbery/Carjacking – 800-Block Greenwood Ave 

On Thursday June 24, 2021 just before 1:00 AM, police were dispatched in response to a carjacking at an apartment complex on the 800-Block of Greenwood Ave.  The female victim advised she was sitting in her vehicle smoking a cigarette in front of her apartment complex.  She had been sitting in the vehicle for about 10 minutes when a blue sedan pulled up next to her vehicle.  A black male exited the passenger side of the blue sedan and opened Victim’s car door.  He put a gun to her head and said, "Get the f**k out of the car or I'll shoot you" and he snatched her phone out of her hand.  A second male exited the driver side of the suspect vehicle and also held a gun to Victim.  The victim stepped out of the vehicle, and the suspects drove her stolen vehicle and their original sedan westbound on Greenwood Ave.   

Victim stated both males appear to be in their early 20's. The first male that approached her had a low haircut. She was unable to provide a clothing description of either suspects. The vehicle stolen was a blue 2016 Audi Q5 with Georgia license.  In the vehicle was the victim's brown leather backpack, a brown Tory Birch wallet, her driver’s license, and various credit cards. The phone snatched from her hand was an iPhone 8 in a sparkly case. The victim was unable to track her vehicle or her cellphone. 

Pedestrian Robbery – 800-Block Virginia Cir 

On July 10th, 2021 at 11:16 PM police responded to a report of a pedestrian robbery.  Upon arrival, an officer met with victims who stated their group of three had been walking to bars close by.  While walking southbound on Ponce de Leon Place at Virginia Circle, they were robbed at gunpoint by two young men who approached from the rear. 

One suspect ran in front of the group and pointed a handgun at the victims, saying “Give me your wallets and phones!  I’m not playing, I will shoot you.”  The other suspect stayed behind the group, pinning them.  The suspect at the rear took Victim 2’s phone and wallet.  When he realized that the wallet did not have cash in it, he returned the wallet but kept her iPhone 8.  The suspect at the front took both other victims’ phones and wallets.  Both suspects ran north on Ponce de Leon Pl, then east on Virginia and got into a gray sedan, possibly a Nissan with partial tags QT1. 

The first suspect was described as a Black male, between the ages of 16-20 years old, 5'8-5'11, slim build, dark skinned faded haircut, wearing navy top and shorts with Jordan tennis shoes and a mask covering his face.  The second suspect was described as a Black male, between 16-20 years old, 5'8-5'11, dreads, wearing a black long-sleeve jump suit.  A robbery unit was notified and arrived on scene to interview the victims.  One of the victims returned to her home to try and track the stolen phones with no success. 

Robbery/Carjacking – 665 Pylant St  

On July 17th, 2021 at 10:27 PM police were dispatched to a carjacking call.  The two female victims stated that around 10:10 PM they were parked at 665 Pylant St in their white Audi when two black males pulled up next to them in a black or dark blue sedan.  Both males approached their vehicle presenting handguns and pointed them at the victims. The first suspect, a black male about 6'0 wearing a black shirt, brown mask and has a short afro hair style. He looked to be about 17-19 years old.  The second suspect was a black male about 5'8-5'10, wearing a black shirt and black mask with braids or dreads. He looked to be about 12-15 years old.  Victim 1 stated that the older suspect told her to give him everything that she had. After handing him her cell phone he asked her where her keys were. In all the chaos she kept telling him she didn't know where the keys were. Both victims were forced to exit the vehicle and ran for safety. They stated that the older of the two suspects got into the white Audi and the younger one got back into the dark sedan and fled the scene. They were last seen heading east on Pylant St, then south on Ponce De Leon Pl. 

Additional reports from other sources:

  • We have recently had two cases where prowlers were caught on resident video cameras and arrests were made. These two individuals were very bold walking around properties and trying doors and windows even when it was obvious that someone was home. Please keep your doors locked and alarm systems on even when you are home, and check your cameras if you have them. This demonstrates that reports to police with video of offenders works. 
  • Also be aware of an individual by the name of Bertha Mae Williams (picture below). This individual was caught turning on outdoor faucets at several properties. She also entered someone's home and was rummaging through their refrigerator, and assaulted another resident. She is apparently well know in other areas of the zone and to PAD, and appears to have mental health issues. If you see her, please call PAD (311) and ask for immediate assistance. If she is belligerent or threatening please call 911. 

 

Summerfest & Safety

Please be aware that Summerfest will be happening the weekend of September 25 & 26 with significant changes to address safety and COVID concerns. 

  • The festival this year will be much smaller than in normal years. Virginia Avenue will not be closed. The entire festival will be contained in John Howell Park and on Arcadia and the block of Barnett from Virginia Circle to Virginia Avenue. 
  • Volunteers, Vendors and Patrons are required to wear masks per City of Atlanta requirements for festivals.
  • There will be a community dinner in the park on Friday evening that will be a ticketed event catered by DBA Barbecue. The nominal fee will benefit restoration work at the park. 
  • The 5K Race will take place as usual. Sign up on Active.com
  • Volunteers are needed. Please pick you time slot 
This is the largest fund-raiser for Virginia-Highland and the funds are used to maintain our parks, address planning issues, pay for pubic safety improvements and appreciation for first responders and to make grants to neighborhood organizations such as our schools, tree programs, library and more. Due to COVID this fund-raising has been extremely restricted since 2019. Please help out if you can. 

Quick Notes

Policing and Alternatives Diversion Initiative (PAD)
Read the quarterly report
Read PAD's recommendations to improve safety in Atlanta
APD Citizen's Academy
Are you interested in learning more about the Atlanta Police Department? Sign up now to join APD's Citizen's Police Academy The deadline to apply is Monday, August 23.
License plate thefts
Recent thefts of license plates in Druid Hills reminds us to regularly walk behind your vehicle and make sure your license plate is still in place. 

Crime Statistics

June  2021 Beat
    601   602   613   614
Aggravated Assault 1 1 1 --
Auto Theft 2 7 6 --
Burglary Non-Residential
& Residential
-- 1 3 --
Larceny From Vehicle 28 30 9 5
Larceny Non-Vehicle 4 8 5 9
Homicide -- -- -- --
Rape -- -- -- --
Robbery Commercial,
Pedestrian & Residential
2 -- 3 --
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
 
June  2021    
  Beat 601 Zone 6
Aggravated Assault 1 27
Auto Theft 2 51
Burglary Non-Residential
& Residential
-- 28
Larceny From Vehicle 28 224
Larceny Non-Vehicle 4 90
Homicide -- 1
Rape -- --
Robbery Commercial,
Pedestrian & Residential
2 7
   

Vehicles were entered on:
Boneventure, Briarcliff Place, Drewry, Kanuga, Los Angeles (3), N. Highland (6), Ponce de Leon Avenue (8), Ponce Place (4), Rosedale Drive, St. Augustine, and Virginia

 
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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