The Blotter April 23 2003

In an apartment on Alison Court, a 24-year-old woman called the maintenance crew to fix a broken lock. Two maintenance men arrived and knocked over a picture stand, breaking it. One man picked up the stand and then ripped a silver outlet from the back of her TV. He said, "If I take this part of the TV with me, you cannot prove I ripped the outlet from the TV." The woman reported the incident to the apartment manager. The manager said she didn't have time to come over that day, and to leave everything as it was in the apartment. The manager said she would come over the following day. Then, the woman called police.

On Ponce de Leon Avenue, a gas-station attendant called police and said a man walked into the station and tried to sell a Napa Legend car battery. Only, the car battery was stolen from the exact same gas station just two days before. An officer arrived and spoke with the attendant, who provided paperwork with matching serial numbers for the battery. The officer questioned the man, a 45-year-old with a full beard, who was sitting on the ground. The man made a sudden move. The officer blocked his path and ordered him to sit back down. The man was put in the patrol car, where "he refused to sit completely inside the vehicle," wrote the reporting officer.

At a bank on Peachtree Street, a man went through his pants pocket, produced a note, and handed it to the teller. She read a part of the note, which said, "I am tired." The teller told her manager she needed some money. She told the man, "I have to get some money before I can service you." Then, she turned around. The man walked to another bank window and handed the note to a different teller. This teller read the entire note, which said, "I am tired of being homeless. This is a robbery. Do as I instruct you to do. Give me $100 bills, only count them until I tell you to stop. I don't want no bait money or dye-pack security device that will trace the money. I want money only. I am armed with a gun." The teller started counting out $100 bills. The robber told her to stop. He picked up the money and left the bank.

A 64-year-old woman on Goddard Street said her husband was sitting around the house, drinking liquor. After he got drunk, he started arguing. Then, he hit his wife in the face and broke her fingernail. The husband, a bald 63-year-old, took off before police arrived. The wife told police her husband gets drunk every day and the arguing starts. She said she didn't need medical attention; her injury was very minor. The wife repeated time after time that she didn't want her husband locked up, she just wanted someone to talk to him.

An officer saw a homeless man in a yellow hat on Monroe Drive. The homeless man kicked a ball into oncoming traffic, and then stepped into the street to retrieve the ball. The officer asked the man to please stay on the sidewalk. "Fuck off, you little pussy," said the homeless man, who again kicked the ball into oncoming traffic. The officer detained the homeless man, who repeatedly said that he wanted to fight the officer and kick the officer's ass. The officer asked him to stop using profanity because there were kids in the area. The homeless man pointed to a kid, cursed and indulged in some name-calling toward the kids. He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

At 1:30 a.m., a 33-year-old man from Little Rock, Ark., was eating a meal at the Waffle House on Howell Mill Road. He saw another man walk into the restaurant and order some food. Then, when the waitress wasn't looking, the man grabbed his food and left without paying. The 33-year-old went outside and confronted the man. He pointed out that the man didn't pay for his food. The other man punched the 33-year-old repeatedly, until his eye was swollen shut and he had a bruise on his face. A waitress walked outside and found the 33-year-old lying on the ground. He was taken to Piedmont Hospital.

A 38-year-old man said around 4 a.m., a muscular young man knocked on the door of his home on Kenora Drive. The young man's mother had been evicted from the house next door, and the mother had stored some clothes at the 38-year-old's house. "But it's too early in the morning," said the 38-year-old. "Come back tomorrow." The young man kept knocking. The 38-year-old opened the door and noticed that the young man was very upset. Then, the young man poked the 38-year-old in the face with a stick. "Stop poking me with a stick," said the 38-year-old, who turned to go downstairs. Then, he was hit on the head. Later, the 38-year-old woke up bleeding from the mouth, and with a large lump on the head. He said the young man, age 19 or 20, was the only person around at the time.

At 5 a.m., a 26-year-old woman called police to her house on Links Drive. She said she and her live-in boyfriend got into an argument because she wouldn't have sex with him. But the boyfriend said she was just mad because he came in late. The reporting officer noted that "this is not the first time that they have had to call the police to settle a dispute." No one was arrested; the boyfriend agreed to leave for the night.

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

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