The Blotter March 03 2005

A 28-year-old woman was asleep in her apartment on Hollywood Court. Suddenly, she felt someone tapping her arm. She woke up and saw a strange man at the foot of her bed. Startled, she jumped out of bed. The strange man said the woman left her back door open, and that's how he got into the apartment. The woman walked the man to the back door. After he left the apartment, he started running. The woman wanted to call 911 but she couldn't find her cell phone.

So the woman walked to the corner store, to use the phone and call 911. At the corner store, she saw the same strange man. He was buying some items. The woman thanked the strange man for telling her that her back door was open. Then, she asked the store clerk if she could use the phone. The man started to leave, but then the woman heard her cell phone ringing - inside the man's pocket. The woman asked him to return her cell phone. The man gave her the phone and said the woman had learned two lessons today. Then, he took off.

The strange man is described as in his 20s and wearing Dickies pants, a Dickies shirt, Timberland boots and a skull cap.

Near a package store on Westmont Avenue a man was smoking some suspected marijuana, while holding an open bottle of Icehouse beer. A police officer arrested the man, who refused to give his real name. The man said his name is "Boo" and "Hard Dick." (The man is in his 60s). So the officer took him to Grady Memorial Hospital's psychiatric ward.

At 1:35 a.m., an officer saw a man riding a bicycle on the left side of Joseph P. Lowery Boulevard. The officer slowed down and told the man to ride his bike on the right side of the road. The man thanked the officer and told him to have a good night. Then, the man rode onto the sidewalk on the left side of the road. "Stop," the officer said. The man tumbled, face first, onto the road. The officer helped him up and asked for some ID. The man produced a photocopy of his Georgia ID card. The officer realized the man was extremely drunk - he was slurring and had trouble standing up. "I had to keep him from falling off the curb when I walked him to the patrol car," the officer wrote.

The man said he is known as the "Bicycle Man," and he does promotional work for a bicycle shop. He is 52 years old.

Among other charges, the man was cited for "traffic laws apply to bicycles." He went to jail.

An undercover officer stopped his car at the corner of Cypress and 8th streets in Midtown. A large man, about 240 pounds, strolled up. Somehow, the large man realized that the undercover officer was, in fact, a cop. "I just wanted to say hi," the large man said. The officer said the area is known for male prostitution, and the man should move along. About 20 minutes later, the officer saw the large man on the same corner. The officer asked, "Why are you still hanging around?" "I'm hustling. I'm an entertainer," the large man replied. He said he was on the corner "to fill men's fantasies, just like the pictures on the computer." He also called the officer a "punk cracker."

The large man, age 33, went to jail. He smelled of booze.

The principal of Booker T. Washington High School said a teacher found 16 hits of suspected crack cocaine in his classroom. The principal said they had no idea who put the suspected drugs in the classroom on Perry Boulevard. The suspected crack was turned in to Atlanta police.

A 26-year-old man parked his Chevy pickup truck outside his apartment complex on Third Avenue. The next morning, he noticed a candy bar sticking out of the gas tank. The man just broke up with his girlfriend, and he believes she is responsible for the candy bar incident. According to the report, "She has not taken the breakup well."

Around 4 a.m., three officers were sent to deal with a fight on Edgewood Avenue. When they arrived, a few people pointed and yelled, "There he go! There he go!" After a lengthy chase, one officer caught the suspect, a 29-year-old man. After being handcuffed, the man said, "Fuck you ... I shit on you!" The man smelled of booze, and his eyes were red and watery. "Shit on this!" he said. "I ain't drinking no more Hennessy! I ain't going out on Fridays no more!" The man had a pending warrant for simple battery. He went to jail.

Around 2:30 a.m. in Piedmont Park, an officer saw a man sleeping in one of the park's open pavilions. The officer woke up the man and asked him to leave the park because it was after hours. The man said he would rather go to jail than leave the park. So the officer arrested the man for violating park hours and took him to jail. The man's white blanket was turned into the police property room. The white blanket is valued at $1.

In Little Five Points, two men in their 40s were arguing and pushing each other around. One man had long brown hair, the other had curly brown hair. A police officer walked up and asked, "What's going on?" Both men were so tipsy they could barely stand. Both men said they were "drunk" and didn't know why they were fighting. Then, the man with curly hair man said they were arguing about liquor. Both men were jailed for disorderly conduct.

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

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