The Blotter April 16 2003

At an apartment on Peachtree Road, a 56-year-old man said his caretaker poisoned him by putting something on his socks. He said he was poisoned but felt fine. The police officer inspected the socks and noted that "there was nothing on them." The 56-year-old said he was on 15 different medications for seizures, multiple personalities and mental problems. He said he was afraid of hospitals because the hospital workers will kill him. The 56-year-old was taken to Northside Hospital for further treatment.

An officer responded to a call about a "suspicious person" on Lofton Road. A 40-year-old man, who was barefoot and disoriented, was clutching a large shopping bag. A big dog was with him. The man said the shopping bag came from a garbage can at a residence on Lofton Road. He admitted that he smoked crack about an hour ago. The man also said he was going through people's mailboxes and was looking on porches for "the truth." The officer found two pieces of crack on the man. He went to jail.

Around 2 a.m., a 26-year-old man was trying to catch a cab home from Buckhead. Two young women pulled up in a Jeep Cherokee and asked if he needed a ride. He accepted and hopped in. The women said they were going to a party and needed some beer, but didn't have their ATM card with them. The 26-year-old offered to use his ATM card to get beer. So they went to a bank on Pharr Road. After entering his pin number, the 26-year-old said, one woman tried to undo his pants. While he was distracted with her, the other woman grabbed his money and ATM card from the machine. The first woman tried to get the 26-year-old to have some sort of sex, but he refused. The other woman yelled something like: "If you are not going to give it up, then get out of the car." So he got out. Then, he realized the women still had his ATM card. They drove away.

By the next day, the women charged about $1,300 to his ATM card.

A homeless man on Trinity Avenue told police that a 55-year-old man struck him in the genitals with an umbrella. The homeless man refused medical treatment. The 55-year-old man went to jail for simple battery.

Around 2 a.m., an alarm sounded at a costume shop on Monroe Drive. An officer arrived and saw a heavyset man walking on a nearby sidewalk. An unoccupied Toyota Corolla was parked behind the costume shop. The officer noticed that the rear door of the costume shop was unlocked, but there were no signs of a burglary. Twenty minutes later, the heavyset man approached the officer. He said earlier, he was behind the shop, having sex with a girl. His car, the Toyota Corolla, wouldn't start, so the girl left. He stayed with the car, trying to fix it. He noticed that rear door to the costume shop was ajar, so he pulled on it to find out if it was locked. The alarm went off, and he got scared and walked away. No charges were filed against the man, a 21-year-old from Roswell.

A 49-year-old man on Tiger Flowers Drive saw his neighbor's children sitting in his yard. The 49-year-old asked the kids if they put candy wrappers in his yard. No, said the kids. The 49-year-old picked up the candy wrappers and went inside his house. Later, the 49-year-old went to a neighbor's house. There, the children's father yelled at him for talking to his children. The 49-year-old started to go inside. The father grabbed him from behind. The 49-year-old said he wasn't going to fight. The father let go, then grabbed the 49-year-old again, and released him again. The 49-year-old returned to his home and called police.

On Westview Place, a 26-year-old woman said a friend of her mother's was drunk at her house and apparently fell through a window and landed on her car. The 26-year-old said no one was hurt, but her car was damaged on the front side. She didn't know where the friend lived.

A green Chevy dump truck was reported stolen April 26, 1999. In spring 2003 (almost four years later), the truck's owner spotted his truck behind a house on Niskey Lake Road. The owner, a 38-year-old Jonesboro man, called police. An officer accompanied the owner to the house, and spoke with a 46-year-old woman who lived there. She said her father let an unknown man park the dump truck behind her house a few years ago. Her father has since passed away. The officer examined the truck "and noticed grass and tree limbs growing in the bed. It appears that the truck has not run for quite some time." The battery and headlight were missing, along with some engine parts. The owner had his dump truck towed away.

A Marietta woman walked into an AutoZone on Bankhead Highway and started cursing and yelling at customers. Then, she grabbed a bottle of Turtle Wax, opened it, and poured on the floor. Police arrived and took her to jail.

On Metropolitan Parkway, a man said two women dressed as prostitutes approached him and offered to have sex with him. When he refused, the women hit him and stole $300 from his coat pocket. One woman was a ponytailed redhead; the other had gold teeth.

On Bankhead Highway, a 42-year-old man saw an acquaintance known as "Shorty Pimp" sitting outside a car wash and stopped to talk. According to the 42-year-old, Shorty Pimp knocked him to the ground, kicked him several times, took his car (a Pontiac 6000) and drove away. But a witness told a different story: that the men were arguing about a car that the 42-year-old had taken from Shorty Pimp. No charges filed.

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

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