The Blotter October 21 2004

Police saw a 21-year-old man hanging out with a known prostitute on Connell Avenue. When the two officers approached, the man took off running. Police chased the man. Then, the man jumped into a sewer grate and ran under the street. He hit his head, but kept on running. Then, the man exited the sewer by crawling through a manhole on the street. He darted into traffic and was almost hit by a car. Then, he ran into some woods and an officer kept chasing him. Eventually, police caught him. Police pried open his hands, and found three hits of suspected crack. "I hit my head on the sewer," the man said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

At Lenox Square mall, a man walked into a department store, grabbed a Girbaud suit, rolled it up and walked out of the store. Two security guards chased him, but he got away.

A few minutes later, the man walked back into the same store. Now he was wearing the suit that he had just stolen. Security guards stopped him. The man took off the suit and ripped it up. Then, he poured ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise on the suit.

Again, the man left the store. This time, security guards caught him.

At a McDonald's on Howell Mill Road, a couple said the restaurant manager accused them of having sex in the restaurant bathroom. The manager demanded that they leave. (The couple denied having sex in the McDonald's bathroom.)

Police spoke with the manager, who said a customer told him that the couple was having sex in the bathroom. That customer fled before police arrived.

No charges were filed against the man, age 39, and the woman, age 40.

A man on Berne Street said a woman age 35-40 is calling his home night and day. The man said the woman is having an affair with his mother. The woman feels that he is trying to break up the affair between his mother and herself.

The woman has called the man before, and she's not supposed to contact him.

A 37-year-old woman on Sharondale Road in Garden Hills said she heard a noise inside her home and thought someone was trying to break in. After hearing the noise, she called 911. When an officer arrived, the woman realized the noise was not a burglar, but the sound of her daughter using the restroom.

In fairness to the woman, her digital camera and wallet were stolen two days prior.An officer saw a Cadillac Fleetwood making lane changes without signaling on I-20. The officer stopped the car and spoke with the driver, a 48-year-old man. (Also in the car were two women, age 24 and 20.) The two women were acting nervous and making erratic movements, the officer wrote. The officer asked the man to step out of the car, and then ticketed him for improper lane change. Then the officer said, "Can I ask you a question?"

"Sure," the man said.

The officer asked for the name of the woman in the front seat.

The man made a puzzled look on his face. "Sexy!" he said.

"Is 'Sexy' her real name?" the officer asked.

"I really don't know," the man replied.

The officer investigated the two women. One had a previous warrant for arrest; the other gave him a fake name. Also, one woman had a makeup compact with white cocaine powder in it. Both women went to jail.

A 20-year-old Atlanta woman walked into a police precinct to report identity theft. The 20-year-old said her grandmother is using her Social Security number. The grandmother also got a phone in Toledo, Ohio, under her granddaughter's name without her permission.

On Anderson Avenue, a man was wandering naked around his kitchen. An officer arrived and tried to calm the man down. Medics arrived and tried to prick his finger and test his blood sugar, but the man fought with the medics. The officer called for backup, and when more police showed up, the man finally calmed down. Then, his wife started arguing with the police and medics. Police warned the wife several times to calm down, but she kept it up. So police arrested her. Then, the man got upset about his wife going to jail, so he refused to go to the hospital. Police had to carry the man to the ambulance.

In Midtown at North Avenue and Myrtle Street, a 64-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk with his penis exposed. The man was urinating. Police stopped the man. "Officer, I have heart trouble," the man said.

Police found a crack pipe in his front pocket.

An officer pulled into a known drug location on Parkway Drive and saw a middle-aged man. When the man saw the cop, he stuffed something into his pocket. The officer asked to speak with him. The man walked over, throwing a silver crack pipe on the ground.

The officer searched the man and found one hit of crack (worth $5) in his pocket. "That's my medicine," the man said. "[The crack] keeps me from doing heroin." He went to jail.

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

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