The Decatur Police Department has reported two armed robbery incidents just days apart, while a 15-year-old was arrested this morning after an armed carjacking on Swanton Way.

According to information provided by Decatur Police, at approximately 8:57am, the Decatur Police Department was notified of a carjacking in the 200 block of Swanton Way. The suspect approached a female, showed a firearm, stole the victim’s vehicle, and fled the location in the stolen vehicle.

Responding officers observed the vehicle on East Trinity Place, at which time they attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed onto South Candler Street. The suspect lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn at the intersection of South Candler Street at Kirk Road.

A 15-year-old male has been apprehended and is in custody for the charges of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and numerous traffic offenses. The suspect sustained a minor laceration to his left hand as a result of the accident. The victim of the carjacking was not injured.

Decatur Police are also still searching for the suspects in two armed robberies.The most recent happened yesterday, July 2, when three women were robbed at Oakhurst Park at 5:27 p.m. The victims were in the playground area and initially observed the suspects, described as three black males in their mid to late teens, sitting on a nearby wall.

One suspect then approached the victims and went through a blanket on the ground and took a cell phone belonging to one of the victims and fled on foot toward Third Avenue. A male witness pursued the suspect but returned back to the playground area. A second suspect tried to talk to one of the victims and was ignored. He then began going through a stroller bag belonging to another victim. It was reported that that keys for one of the victims’ vehicle were taken from the stroller bag and subsequently a maroon Honda CRV was stolen from the parking area on Third Avenue.

The third suspect approached one of the victims, pulled out a small handgun and fired one shot, described as a pop, into the air and demanded her iPhone. She refused and he pointed the gun at her and tried to grab the phone. She retained her phone and verbally refused to relinquish the phone.

The remaining two suspects then fled on foot toward Third Avenue where another witness reported seeing the suspects enter a newer model red Ford Explorer and a maroon SUV and flee toward East Lake Drive. Police determined that a Ford Explorer matching the description of the one driven by the suspects had been stolen from an Edgewood neighborhood earlier in the day. Decatur Police have recovered evidence from the scene and are working with Atlanta Police and DeKalb Police on what appear to be related cases.

On July 1 at approximately 10:30 pm, there was an attempted robbery of a single male sitting in his front yard in the 300 block of Second Avenue who was working on his laptop.

The suspects circled the block in what appeared to be a light colored Mitsubishi SUV and returned approximately 10-15 minutes later. Two black males exited the SUV and approached the victim initially asking for directions but then demanded the laptop.

The victim verbally refused. One suspect then pointed and fired what appeared to be a cap gun down the driveway, away from the victim. The victim fled to his porch and the other suspect ran after him.

The victim struck the suspect in the face with a beer bottle and kicked him in the groin. The suspect struck the victim in the face with a closed fist. The victim fled inside of the house and called police. The suspects fled back to the vehicle and left the area. No items were taken.

If you have information, contact the Decatur Police at (404) 373-6551.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

6 replies on “UPDATE: Carjacking, armed robberies in Decatur”

  1. It is unfortunate but we are at a point where we need to call law enforcement at the mere sighting in our neighborhoods of teen to thirty something African American males.

  2. It is unfortunate but we are at a point where we need to call law enforcement at the mere sighting in our neighborhoods of teen to thirty something African American males.

  3. @ Mike, RACIST. There are plenty of young black men who live in Decatur that don’t do stupid things like this, and plenty of young white men that would. Hold your tongue if it drips with such useless thoughts.

    Oakhurst is a nice community, but even nice communities can fall victim. Be alert. Be cautious. Don’t leave your keys off your person (ie on a stroller). Get a concealed carry permit, learn to use a firearm properly in defense if you must.

    Just don’t blame “the black man.”

  4. @ Mike, RACIST. There are plenty of young black men who live in Decatur that don’t do stupid things like this, and plenty of young white men that would. Hold your tongue if it drips with such useless thoughts.

    Oakhurst is a nice community, but even nice communities can fall victim. Be alert. Be cautious. Don’t leave your keys off your person (ie on a stroller). Get a concealed carry permit, learn to use a firearm properly in defense if you must.

    Just don’t blame “the black man.”

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