The Blotter February 19 2003

A man
said his neighbor is running a house of prostitution out of his apartment on Samson Street. The man said there are different men coming in and out of the apartment all night long, and the men sometimes knock on his door by mistake. No further information.

A 48-year-old man
said he was driving to his sister's house on Dogwood Court when he saw a gray-haired man with a video camera. While the 48-year-old was in his sister's driveway, the gray-haired man approached him. The gray-haired man said that he knew the mob was following him, and if he came down the street, he would be killed. The gray-haired man left in a Safari Van. The 48-year-old gave police the tag number for the Safari Van.

On Memorial Drive, a 28-year-old woman called police and said her ex-husband refused to leave her house. In addition, the ex-husband threatened to drive his Nissan truck into her house if she didn't let him see his daughter. An officer arrived at the woman's house just in time to see the ex-husband hop into the Nissan truck and ram it into the front of her house. He then jumped out of the truck, walked down the driveway and got into the patrol car. The ex-husband has a tattoo of a heart on his right arm. There were no injuries, but the house was extensively damaged.

A 45-year-old woman on Metropolitan Parkway received harassing phone calls from a man. She said she's never met the man, but has talked to him on the phone. She said about 11 years ago, she made a phone call for this man while he was in jail. Now, all of the sudden, the man thinks that they belong together as a couple.

At about 2:30 a.m., a man was at a nightclub on Spring Street. He went to the bathroom and stood at the urinal. A male acquaintance walked into the bathroom and said, "You sold me a fucked-up house." The acquaintance then grabbed the man's head and smashed it into a shelf. The man waited until the next day to report the scuffle. The officer asked him why he didn't report it right away. The man said he didn't think it was so bad until he went to his doctor and found out his nose was broken. "I was thinking this would just blow over," he said.

An officer responded to a car accident on Collier Road. A 21-year-old man explained the accident: He said he was driving along DeFoors Ferry Road, when suddenly, an unknown man jumped into his car. He said the unknown man didn't say anything or demand anything from him. The 21-year-old said the unknown man grabbed the steering wheel, which caused him to lose control of his car and crash into a fence on Collier Road. The 21-year-old said he went to his place of employment on Howell Mill Road to call police. When police arrived, the unknown man was gone. The 21-year-old didn't know where he went. There were no injuries.

An 81-year-old man said he walked out of his home on Chateau Court to get the newspaper and slipped, getting his legs caught inside the sewer. The fire department was unable to free the man, so police arrived and used a car jack to raise the sewer high enough to free the man. The officer wrote, "The neighbors were extremely upset that it took so long for the ambulance and fire to arrive." The report did not specify how long it actually took to free the 81-year-old man, who was taken to Piedmont Hospital with a serious leg injury.

A 48-year-old male landlord said a former tenant refuses to get her mail forwarded to her current address. The tenant, a 21-year-old woman, came by her old apartment on Lanier Street and used a screwdriver to force open the mailbox and get her mail. The mailbox was damaged.

A 46-year-old man said a male friend kicked in his back door and demanded to use the washing machine. The 46-year-old refused, so the friend struck his arm with a baseball bat. The 46-year-old's injury was minor, and he had been drinking.

A woman said she went out dancing one night and went home with a man named "John" who lives in a rooming house on Pearce Street. The next morning, "John" told her to get out, but he kept her cell phone and black coat. She called police. An officer spoke with the manager of the rooming house, who said the man left and he didn't know his name. The officer gave the woman a courtesy ride to a nearby MARTA station.

A 52-year-old man said he arrived at his apartment on Greenwood Avenue and discovered that his sugar bowl had been tampered with, and there was sugar all over the kitchen table. Also, the man said, someone took a package of steak from the freezer. The man said the thief entered his apartment with a key, and there was no sign of forced entry. The reporting officer noted, "We have received several calls of this nature from the same [man]."

A woman was driving her black Jaguar XJ-8 through a parking lot on Roswell Road. Suddenly, a man jumped on the hood of her car. The man had many paint cans inside his sweatshirt, and he appeared to be on drugs. Then, the man fled in a Ford pickup truck. The woman said the damage to her car was small, and she complained of a minor head injury.

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

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