Decatur Police – Cyclist robbed at gunpoint

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 29, 2014


Decatur Police report that at 8 pm on Friday, March 28, police responded to a report of an armed robbery of a cyclist near the intersection of East Lake Drive and Oak View Road.

As the victim fled the scene crime on her bicycle, she struck a car, Ross said. The injuries were not life threatening, Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said.

“The victim reported she was walking from a restaurant to her bicycle when she encountered two males sitting nearby. One of the males demanded money and the victim did not comply,” Ross said. “The suspect produced a handgun and again demanded money. The victim tossed her backpack to the suspects and they fled south on East Lake Drive. The victim fled north on East Lake Drive on her bicycle and collided with a vehicle. The victim sustained minor injuries from the collision.”

The first suspect is described as a black male, in his 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 6 feet tall with slim build, low haircut, a light brown complexion, with a round dark beauty mark on his right cheek and raspy voice, wearing a white t-shirt and dark jeans and armed with a large black semi-automatic handgun. The second suspect is described as a black male, wearing a dark t-shirt and dark jeans.

This story has been updated from its original version to clarify how the victim sustained her injuries. 

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  • ConcernedForMyKids

    Oakhurst Village needs police presence at all times. Here we go into the warm weather and this crap has already started up again. I’d be all for a marginal tax increase (they are already high, what’s a little more) to hire additional police. Or pay for a patrol service. Anyone else agree? I feel it’s just a matter of time before a gun gets stuck in my face and I’d rather pay a little extra to prevent that from happening. This is a disgrace.

  • JC

    I am set to close in Oakhurst within the week and have become increasingly concerned with the frequency of these armed robberies. One of the many reasons we wanted to move to Decatur was the walkability of the neighborhood. But if I can’t safely walk anywhere, I might as well move to the suburbs where I would have to drive everywhere anyway. I tend to agree with the earlier poster that a dedicated officer or security presence would be worth the expense. I believe Grant Park has dedicated security? As soon as I get moved in, I will work to get this going

    • JV

      I’ll help. We’re moving out later this year but this needs to be done. First order of business if we go the paid patrol route is getting the restauranteurs in the village on board and the Decatur Police. The business owners should shoulder some of the financial burden and the police need involvement. They should do so happily I would think because if this ignites, everyone is going to have a bad season for business.
      Dan, can we get a post organized for organizing a patrol or stationary police presence in the square? If we can get some traction from the community on this I am happy to go speak to the restaurant owners directly.

    • Been Here A While

      Local patrol/mini-station like in the past seems like a good idea. But be aware that Oakhurst, despite the recent arrival of $800,000 renovated homes, is not a piece of Alpharetta situated in a convenient intown location. It’s an older neighborhood still undergoing gentrification bordered by areas with poverty and higher rates of crime. It doesn’t matter how much you pay for your home, everything is a trade-off–suburban safety, sterility, long commute vs. intown character, walkability, and urban problems. Luckily, the public schools are probably every bit as good in City of Decatur as they are in Alpharetta.

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