The Blotter August 21 2003

On Seminole Avenue in Little Five Points, a 34-year-old man and his roommate, a 28-year-old woman, were sleeping. A man started ringing the doorbell until it woke them up. They both went to the door and opened it for the stranger. The stranger said he owned an animal clinic and was their neighbor. He said he let his brother borrow his car, and the brother got rear-ended and was now in critical condition. He said Douglas County police called him and said he needed to get there as soon as possible. He said he left his briefcase in the car he lent his brother. Then, he asked to borrow some money. The roommates said the man was acting very strange, using animated gestures and sweating profusely. Still, they drove to an ATM and got $100 for him. Then, he got into a taxi and left. The roommates went home and called police.

A 47-year-old woman in East Point received a disturbing phone call. The caller said the woman's oldest son had been dismembered and tossed in a Dumpster near the Run-and-Shoot facility on Metropolitan Parkway. She tried to call her son, but he didn't answer his cell phone. She called 911, and police, a fire truck and an ambulance were all sent to the location. Nothing was found. Hours later, her son called and said he was fine. The woman reported the hoax call to police.

A middle-aged man placed an ad for a roommate in Creative Loafing. He got a call from a man, who seemed interested in the ad. The caller said he is 40 years old and works in sales. The middle-aged man said the renter must pay a security deposit. The caller said he wasn't a child and wasn't going to ruin his place. Then, the caller cursed and hung up. The next day, the caller left a phone message. He called the middle-aged man a scumbag and said to stop running the ad or he would kill him.

A 47-year-old woman said a young man (age 20-25) knocked on her door and asked for Big Girl. No one goes by that name here, she said. He walked around to the bedroom window and looked in the house. Then, he walked back to the front door. He asked her: "Where's my $100 you took from my pocket last night?" The woman told police she had never seen the man before. She said she did go out with a man last night, and stayed in a hotel with him. But it wasn't the same guy, she said. The man, who wore an Atlanta Falcons jersey, left before police arrived.

On Hollywood Road, an officer saw a 41-year-old red-headed woman. "She was standing with her legs open and apart," the officer wrote. "Her dress was hiked up, exposing her lower buttocks. As she stood there, acting as if she was digging in her pocketbook, she would look and motion at the passing traffic with her left arm and hand. "The woman drank from a white foam cup, and she accidentally walked into the street." The officer stopped her. The white cup contained beer, which she said she had been drinking all night. "She is a known local crack user and prostitute in the area," the officer wrote. She was jailed for pedestrian violations. On the police report, her occupation was listed as "nurse."

In Midtown, an officer saw a homeless man standing on the 10th Street exit ramp for I-75. The man, age 55, clutched a cardboard sign and begged for money and work from passing drivers. The officer arrested the man for "begging and soliciting alms." The man said he had been homeless in Missouri, but he came to Atlanta because someone told him Atlanta tolerated the homeless more than Missouri. The man, who was missing several teeth, went to jail.

A 37-year-old woman called police and said her purse was stolen. She left the purse at a nightclub on Simpson Street around midnight. She went outside because she was sick. She said she returned an hour-and-a-half later, and her purse was gone.

At Hartsfield Airport, a baggage screener said a Colorado State Police officer was traveling with proper credentials, with his gun "broken down" and with the bullets separated from the weapon. However, a female airport employee wouldn't let the officer board the plane with bullets. He turned over the bullets voluntarily, as time was short and he didn't want to miss his flight. An Atlanta police officer arrived to file a report. He asked the airport employee for her date of birth. "Oh, hell no, hell no. You don't need that. Why do you want my date of birth?" she asked. The officer said he had to file an official police report. The woman replied, "I'm not giving you my date of birth or anything else. This is harassment ..." She requested a police supervisor. When the police supervisor arrived, the woman said, "When I find bullets, I just throw them in the trash. There's the trashcan right over there. Why don't you just throw them in there?" Later, the woman called the police precinct and complained about the incident.

A worker at an office on Ponce de Leon Avenue called police about a missing person. She said a 28-year-old woman didn't show up for work. The officer called the woman's roommate, who said the woman would return to work tomorrow. The roommate said the woman went on a drug binge today, but appeared to be OK.

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

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