The Blotter January 08 2003

A 37-year-old man said a stranger approached him on Peachtree Street at 3 p.m. and threatened to stab him with a knife until he was dead. The 37-year-old went to his car and called police. An officer arrived. While the officer was talking to the 37-year-old, the stranger cursed and threatened the officer. The officer handcuffed the stranger, and asked him for his name. "He said that his name is Lucifer Hell," noted the officer. The officer then asked him "what his birthdate is." Old as dirt, replied the man claiming to be Lucifer. "While talking to Mr. Hell, he made several threats against my life," noted the officer. Police ran a computer check of the name "Lucifer Hell" and it was not on file. Mr. Hell went to jail.

A 23-year-old man attended a Christmas party at a hotel on 14th Street. The man was walking down the stairs with his girlfriend. He said another man — whom he had never met before — approached him, called him "sweetie" and hit him in the face. The 23-year-old said he responded by hitting the man in self-defense. The unknown man was intoxicated. He fled before police arrived.

A 37-year-old woman said the employees of her office on Peachtree Street held a holiday toy drive for charity. The employees had $500 worth of toys stored in her office. Over the weekend, someone stole all the toys. The woman said the only other people who would have been in the building over the weekend were cleaning crew workers. There was no sign of forced entry. She called the manager of the cleaning company, who said he would investigate and get back to her.

On Warren Court, a 29-year-old man called police three times and said someone was sleeping under his house. The officer checked under the house and didn't find any evidence of anyone sleeping there. The officer noted that the 29-year-old "has called several times before while being drunk and reported the same information of someone sleeping under his house."

A 59-year-old man said a woman called and said she wanted to come over and have sex with him. The 59-year-old said he met the woman about two months ago and they had exchanged sex for money. He said she knows he normally keeps money on him from his business and rental properties. On this night, he picked her up at 1 a.m. and took her to his rental home on Kenilworth Street. He said he was going to take a shower, and she should go to the kitchen and make him some beef stew.

After the shower, he went to the bedroom and waited for her. Suddenly, a man with a gun entered the bedroom and told the 59-year-old to give him the money. The man took about $200 from the 59-year-old's pocket and told him to put on his clothes so they could get the rest of the money. The 59-year-old said that, during the whole incident, the man with the gun was very kind and cordial toward him. The man forced the woman and 59-year-old to sit in chairs, while he took more money. The 59-year-old said he reached for his own gun, and the man shot him in the chest. The 59-year-old said he fired his own gun, and possibly shot the other man in the chest, too. The 59-year-old wouldn't tell police where his own gun was because he said he was a convicted felon.

A male employee said someone entered his company's office on Peachtree Street. The deadbolt on the door was open, the security camera lens was covered, and various items had been moved. Someone emptied a floppy-disc case and filled it with a yellow liquid (possibly urine).

A 33-year-old man on Brewer Boulevard said he was in the process of moving to Los Angeles, Calif. He said movers estimated the cost of moving his stuff at $1,564. But when the moving truck was fully loaded, the movers changed the price to $4,456. The 33-year-old refused to pay the new price, so the movers drove away with all his stuff. Police said the 33-year-old "wouldn't advise a list of the items taken, only stating it was everything he owned."

A 21-year-old woman on Simpson Street said she got into an argument with her sister, age 18. During the argument, the sister bit her on the left breast.

A maroon Buick Century was abandoned in Candler Park. The car was crashed into a tree near the golf course. There were no witnesses. Police towed the car, which is registered to a woman on Hardee Street.

In Riverdale, an Atlanta police officer said he started his car around 7 a.m. so he could take his daughter to school. Then, he ran back inside his home to retrieve a few items. When he returned, he discovered that his car, a Cherokee Jeep, was gone. At the time of the theft, the following items were inside the car: an Atlanta police detective badge, two police identification badges, a police radio and an officer's winter jacket. Police contacted the radio department and had them turn off the radio.

At a grocery store on Piedmont Avenue, a security guard saw a 42-year-old man take 11 packs of playing cards and put them in his coat. The man tried to leave the store but the security guard stopped him. The man said he needed the cards to exchange for crack cocaine. He went to jail.

All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.

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