Alison Slaton

Atlanta Police arrested three people on Tuesday in connection with a robbery at the Kroger supermarket on Ponce de Leon Avenue. According to the police report, the bizarre incident began at 5:45 p.m. when Allison Slaton, 20, approached the pharmacy inside the Kroger and handed a note to the employee behind the counter.

The note read: Put your hands up on the counter where I can see them. Relax. Be quiet. Do not alert security. Cooperate and no one will get hurt. Put all your money and opiates in this bag. My associate is somewhere in the store with a hostage. If you do not comply with these wishes he will kill them.

The employee put $463 in a bag and Slaton fled the store, dropping the note she had taken back from the employee, and ran toward the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. Police were quickly on the scene and learned from witnesses that Slaton had entered the Ford Factory Lofts, which shares the parking lot with Kroger.  After reviewing security camera footage from the lofts, police obtained a search warrant and arrested Slaton inside an apartment.

Slaton was charged with robbery, heroin possession and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Also arrested were two other individuals inside the apartment. Carolinna Bastos, 21,  and Phillip Gobin, 21, were both charged with drug possession.

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.