Robbers shove grandmother carrying child

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 30, 2014
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A grandmother was holding her granddaughter and walking down West Ponce de Leon in Decatur, Ga. when a group of men attacked her and stole her phone, according Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon and occurred in the 200 block of West Ponce. Police responded to the call around 3:12 pm.

“The victim reported she was walking and carrying her granddaughter and looking down at her phone. She observed a group of four to five black males walk past her and one of the males from the group came up behind her, pushed her and snatched her phone from her hand and dropped something else on the ground,” Ross said. “The male then fled on foot. Officers located two empty screwdriver packages on the ground that were later determined to have been shoplifted items from a nearby store. The victim described the suspect as a young black male wearing a white hoodie with gold writing. Further investigation revealed the identity of the suspect, a 16-year-old from Decatur, who already has outstanding warrants. Additional charges are pending.”

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  • PeterPan

    The crime is getting ridiculous. When they catch the kids, they need to be dealt with harshly. Stop the small crimes before they commit bigger crimes.

    • Steve

      Unfortunately, the Juvenile Justice system will not treat them “harshly” and they’ll be back on the street soon.

      • Jean E. Hughes

        How about some programs to redirect these kids. Judge Glenda Hatchett was good at coming up with projects to redirect kids. I don’t mean entertainment but teaching them skills to do other things than robbing people. Harsh punishment seldom does anything corrective.
        They need in alternative schools , supervised and trained in appropriate behavior. You can call me a bleeding heart liberal but I am looking for answers too. I am sick of crime from all ages, all races and am trying to think of things to change what is happening. Sending them to prison only reinforces the criminal skills they already have.

    • Sine qua non

      So, PeterPan and Steve—any thoughts about what harsh justice should be dealt to this criminal?

      • underscorex

        Hanging on the courthouse square, obviously.

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