The Blotter April 09 2003

At a construction site on West Peachtree Street, a 26-year-old construction worker accused a co-worker of stealing stuff from his lunch bag. The co-worker got upset and yelled, "I didn't take your chicken or cookies. I got something for you." Then the co-worker walked away.

One hour later, the co-worker returned to the work site, pulled a gun out of his pants, and held it to the 26-year-old's head. "You going to shoot me over some chicken and cookies? It's not even worth it," the 26-year-old said. He talked the co-worker into lowering the gun. Then, the 26-year-old tackled the co-worker and wrestled the gun away from him. The co-worker fled before police arrived. There were no injuries.

A female employee at a Church's Chicken on Delowe Street was working the cash register when a man with black and gold sunglasses walked up. The man pulled out a gun and asked for a two-piece chicken meal. "Give it up, I will kill you," the man said. The employee gave the man between $60-$80. He demanded more money. So the employee pulled out the cash-register drawer. The man told her to put the drawer back in the register. "Now, give me my two-piece chicken meal," the man said. Then, he told the employee to walk to the bathroom. The man ran out the door.

On Old Wheat Street, a 28-year-old woman said an unknown woman called her co-workers and told them that she — the 28-year-old — is pregnant. The woman also called the 28-year-old and congratulated her on her pregnancy. But the 28-year-old is not pregnant. She noted that the woman also called a few times and said nothing at all.

A large fire broke out at an apartment complex on North Avenue. The Atlanta Fire Department called a police officer to a specific apartment. While performing a final walk-through to make sure the fire was completely out, the two fire captains found three potted marijuana plants and 14 marijuana leaves individually packaged in sandwich bags. There was also a closet filled with flower pots and soil. The closet walls were covered with a reflective material "as if the resident was growing marijuana hydroponically," the officer noted. Two hours later, the resident — a 31-year-old man — returned to his apartment. In addition to a fire and a flooded apartment, the resident was arrested for drug possession. He went to jail.

A manager of an apartment complex on Peachtree Avenue said a female tenant was walking around the complex wearing nothing but a top. She is a 41-year-old woman with long black hair. An officer went to the woman's apartment. "I heard a female calling for help," reported the officer. The woman was lying on the floor — clothed but crying. Items were strewn about the apartment, and "there appeared to be human feces on the floor in several places, including on [the woman's] shirt." The woman didn't know where she was. "Help me" was her only statement. She was taken to Grady Mental Health.

A 43-year-old woman on Decatur Street said her ex-boyfriend pushed lit cigarettes through her mail slot. She found several cigarettes on her floor mat. She said the ex-boyfriend is unstable, and he beat on her front and back doors. The ex-boyfriend, 39, is bald man with a scar from an old stab wound on his back.

A 35-year-old woman said she had a house party at her apartment building on Myrtle Street. Late in the evening, she said, there were too many people in the house, and she believed several uninvited people were coming inside. She closed the front door to prevent more people from coming in. A man got upset and yelled that she was a racist because there were people of a certain race outside when she closed the door.

After the party, the man e-mailed the woman and demanded an apology for her actions. Then, the woman found some flyers in her neighborhood calling her a racist. She replied to the man's e-mail and explained her actions. He e-mailed her back, stating her apology was not heartfelt and she needed to do it again, addressing several issues. The e-mail read: "We will continue to distribute flyers and possibly do more until I receive a heartfelt e-mail as outlined above."

On Lakeside Drive, a 39-year-old man said he had a two-week relationship with a 34-year-old woman. Then, he broke up with her. Now, she calls and leaves messages on his voice mail, stating that she has AIDS and she is a transvestite. Also, she called his co-workers and told lies about him. She also sent the 39-year-old an e-mail in which she pretended to be his roommate. She also called the 39-year-old's roommate and told him that the 39-year-old is in love with him. The roommate is a man.

A 21-year-old woman in Tampa, Fla., was contacted by a debt collection agency. The agency inquired about her outstanding loan for $290,000 for a home on Doyle Street in Atlanta. The woman called police and said she's never lived in Atlanta, or taken out a loan. Police urged her to contact a detective immediately.

At City Hall East on Ponce de Leon Avenue, a female report-taker for the Atlanta Police Department was completing an incident report over the telephone from a 23-year-old man in Washington, D.C. The man said he spoke with a 911 operator who said the report could serve as identification. The report taker said that was incorrect, and the report could not serve as identification. The man got angry and said, "I'm going to get you." The report taker felt threatened and reported the incident.

On Hosea Williams Drive, a 24-year-old man said his ex-girlfriend got mad because he refused to give her money for a hair appointment. So she grabbed a pair of scissors and cut his arm. He wasn't seriously injured.

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

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