ARMED ROBBERY – 700-Block Ponce de Leon Pl
On October 27 at approximately 6:45 AM, police were dispatched to the 700-block of Ponce de Leon Place concerning a pedestrian robbery. The victim stated he had been out for a jog around 6:00 AM. As he was walking west on Ponce de Leon Terrace toward his home, a gray SUV passed him and came to a sudden stop 20 or 30 feet ahead of him. A black male wearing dark clothing exited the passenger side front door and walked toward the victim, pointing a grayish handgun at him and ordering the victim to "give it up". The victim said he only had a phone and handed over his iPhone to the perpetrator. The victim then ran east on Ponce de Leon Terrace, while being pursued on foot by the black male. An anonymous passerby witnessed the chase. The suspects caught up to him in their vehicle, a white SUV possibly a Jeep or Honda with a "tag applied for" drive-out tag in place of a license plate. The male suspect approached the victim for the second time and demanded the iPhone unlock code. The victim stated that the suspect was unkempt in his appearance with a green jacket covering a dark t-shirt with writing on it, and he noted that the male was "herky-jerky" with the pointing of his gun which caused him to fear for his life though he was not physically injured. The victim advised that the driver of the suspect vehicle may possibly have been a black female, but he could not be certain of the suspect's gender from when the vehicle passed. Robbery unit detectives came to interview the victim. The victim's cell phone was traced near a location where a stolen vehicle was recovered from a possibly-related robbery, but the victim's cell phone was not located.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – 1100-Block Briarcliff Ct (Arrest Made)
On November 1 just before midnight, police responded to a call regarding a fight involving a weapon on the 1100-Block of Briarcliff Ct. Upon arrival, an officer encountered a male standing in the middle of the street pointing a handgun at another man. The responding officer ordered the suspect to put the gun on the ground. The suspect complied and the officer placed the suspect in handcuffs and retrieved the weapon from the ground. Upon questioning, the suspect said the other male had called him gay and was repeatedly knocking on his door. The officer explained to the suspect that he could not be pointing a gun at people for something like that. The victim and two witnesses who were with him said the dispute began over a parking spot at the victim's apartment complex. According to the victim and witnesses, the suspect had blown his horn and screamed and shouted at the victim to move his vehicle. When he did not move, the suspect pulled around the victim's car and parked, then went into his apartment and returned with a handgun which he pointed at the victim and two witnesses. The victim recorded part of the interaction on a tablet. The officer reviewed the video footage and observed the suspect pointing the gun in the direction of the victim while cursing and shouting that he was going to shoot him. Upon inspection of the weapon, the officer determined that it was actually a pellet / BB gun. The suspect was arrested for aggravated assault.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY – 730 Barnett St
On November 19 at 4:34 AM, police were dispatched to 730 Barnett St (Welcome Food Mart) in response to a damage to property call. Upon arrival, the first responding officer noticed the front door of the business open and requested backup. A second officer arrived and together they searched the building and determined no one was inside. Police dispatchers were able to contact the business owner / key-holder, who came on scene and confirmed that unlawful entry had been made. Officers reviewed security camera footage with the business owner and observed a heavy set black male (wearing all black, hoodie, mask, and gloves) come in front of the store and use bolt cutters to cut a chain off the door. Two other black males then came in front of the store, also wearing all black with masks and gloves, and all three suspects ran into the store. They all went straight to the location to get behind the counter, which is closed in with a glass enclosure. The suspects tried to break the door to the enclosure with a sledgehammer, but could not get it open. After about two minutes of trying to get the door open, they all stopped and ran out of the store, not taking anything.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY – 992 Virginia Ave NE
On November 20 at approximately 9:02 AM, police responded to a burglary call from a business (La Tavola Restaurant). The victim stated that the restaurant closed the night prior around midnight. She stated that the business alarm sounded that morning around 3:30 AM and she later was informed that the rear patio door had been broken open. The building was checked by officers and nothing appeared out of place in the main area of the restaurant. Subsequently the business owner reported that a safe was taken in the burglary, containing approximately $2000 in cash. There were no witnesses or recording devices inside the restaurant, but the business owner was contacting the building manager to check for footage of the incident.
ROBBERY (DOMESTIC RELATED) – 800-Block Briarcliff Terrace
On November 20 at approximately 4:28 AM, police responded to a call about a fight on the 800- Block of Briarcliff Terrace. The victim stated that she had been in a relationship with the suspect for about 7 years but they had been separated for the past 3 months. The victim stated that since the relationship ended, the suspect has been constantly harassing her and on today's date he followed her to her residence, pushed her, and took her vehicle keys which she dropped on the street. The victim provided a description of the suspect's vehicle and said she had submitted the necessary paperwork for a protective order. The victim was advised to immediately contact law enforcement if she observed the suspect in the area again and was given a case number and instructions for how to obtain a copy of the police report.