The Blotter September 18 2003

In Buckhead, an officer was working an extra job at a bar on East Paces Ferry Road. He was told that a 26-year-old man had sexually violated a 25-year-old woman (who works at the club) by taking a picture of her groin under her skirt without her permission. The man admitted that he took the picture. Then, the man and woman cut a deal: He agreed to erase the pictures from his memory stick. He also agreed to give the camera to the woman as restitution. So she refused to press charges against him. This agreement was made without any police intervention.

At 2:30 a.m., an officer was flagged down by a citizen who said a man was on the roof of the public library on Buckhead Avenue. The officer climbed to the library roof, pointed his gun at the man and told him to put his hands up. Then, the officer ordered him to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back. The man hesitated and kept his hands near his stomach. "Stop resisting!" the officer yelled. "Give me your hands!" Still, the man didn't comply. The officer tried to pull the man's hands behind his back, but that didn't work. So the officer struck the man once in the stomach and once in the head. Then the man complied. During arrest, the man said he climbed onto the library roof because he wanted a better view to relax. The man, age 35, was very drunk.

An officer was sent to Baker Terrace to deal with a fight involving a weapon. The officer wrote, "The weapon being a greasy 'wragg.'" According to the officer's report, a 47-year-old woman said a 45-year-old man hit her in the eye with a "long greasy wrag." She said they've had physical fights before. She had a minor bruise on her eye, but declined medical treatment.

At a restaurant on Campbellton Road, a 24-year-old man asked to speak with a male employee. A supervisor said the 24-year-old couldn't speak with the employee and that he had to leave. The 24-year-old asked if he could buy something and then speak to the employee. No, said the supervisor. According to the supervisor, the 24-year-old said he was drunk and was going to get his gun. He drove away with his girlfriend. About 20 minutes later, he returned and asked if he could speak to the employee. No, the supervisor said. The 24-year-old got mad and told all the customers to get out of the way because he was "gonna blow the place up!" During his arrest, the 24-year-old complained of a bladder infection and said his bladder "blew up." A medical unit was sent to the scene. But when they arrived and treated him, the 24-year-old said he just had to use the bathroom. He went to jail.

A 28-year-old cook walked into a video-rental store on Roswell Road and put several DVDs under his shirt. Then he asked the manager if he could use the restroom. She let him into the bathroom, and noticed the items under his shirt. So she called police. When the officer arrived, the manager said the suspect had been in the bathroom for more than 10 minutes. The officer knocked on the door, identified herself as police, and asked if he was OK. Through the door, the man said he had diarrhea. Finally, he left the bathroom. The officer found several DVDs in the toilet tank, and two in his pocket. The DVDs included Biker Boyz, Ghost Ship, Narc, Tears of the Sun and Training Day. The man went to jail.

A cab driver picked up a man with a thin mustache on East Ponce de Leon Avenue. The man asked to be taken to the intersection of 13th Street and Crescent Avenue. Later, the man changed his mind and said he wanted to go to East Point. Make up your mind, the cab driver said. With that, the man got out of the cab and used a baseball bat to smash the passenger window and mirror. Also, he didn't pay his fare of $6.50. The man fled on foot.

At the intersection of Chantilly Drive and Cheshire Bridge Road, an officer saw a 53-year-old man throw a piece of paper on the ground. The man was arrested for littering and taken to jail.

An officer was parked on Boulevard when he saw a car whiz by, going way too fast. The officer followed the car and pulled it over. The officer looked in the passenger seat and saw a small child who wasn't wearing a seatbelt. The driver, a man in his 20s, said he didn't have a driver's license.

Then some other people showed up. They said they knew the driver. According to the report, "They said they just came from a ball game and that the driver was their children's coach, but they did not know what his name was other than Shawty-Pimp."

Another man arrived and said he was the coach and the driver was his assistant. During the arrest, the driver gave a fake name and several fake birth dates because he thought there was a warrant out on him. Also, a computer check revealed that there was no insurance on the car. The driver went to jail.

A 56-year-old woman stopped at a gas station on Hill Street to put air in her tire. A man she'd never met before asked if he could give her a hand. While he walked over, she put her purse on the ground. He grabbed her purse and said, "Thanks, lady." Then he took off running.

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

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