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The Blotter May 02 2007

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN contacted police and accused his ex-girlfriend of cutting his arms with a knife. The man did have cuts on his arms, police noted. A neighbor told police that he saw the 24-year-old man take a knife and cut his own arms with it. The 24-year-old was charged with false report of a crime.

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A MAN said he was held against his will for two weeks by a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. He said during this time, they all went to nightclubs and hung out. He said he wanted to get into the nightclub scene, and as long as he paid for everything, things were cool, but when he started to say no, then the suspects threatened him. The man said he believed the suspects would hurt him if he tried to run or call police. He said the suspects forced him to withdraw $15,000 with his ATM card. He said earlier that day, the suspects made him go to Grady Memorial Hospital and he was able to slip away and call his mother — who came to the hospital and asked the suspects to return his car (a 2007 black Mitsubishi Galant). He said the suspects refused and drove away in his car. Later, the 19-year-old woman called the man and agreed to return the car. She talked with police. She said she and the man are dating, and she didn't take his car. She said the man gave her $10,000 to hold, and $2,000 was given to the other suspect's brother for a contract. She said at no time was the man held against his will, and he was free to go at any time. No charges filed.

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ON SPRING GARDEN STREET, a woman said her neighbor tried to run over her husband with a car. The woman said this female neighbor had loaned her husband $35. She also said this neighbor lets her dogs defecate in her yard.

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The neighbor said she pulled up to the woman's house and honked the horn – and that's when the woman's husband came after her with a screwdriver. Then, her story changed from a screwdriver to an unknown object. No charges filed.

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AN OFFICER responded to a fight call at an apartment on Simon Terrace West. A 57-year-old man said his girlfriend bit him during an argument. The girlfriend admitted to biting him, but she added, they do this all the time. The girlfriend, age 63, was charged with simple battery. Police ran a computer check on the boyfriend. Turns out he's wanted in DeKalb County. So the boyfriend went to jail, too.

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AN OFFICER responded to a fight between two gay men who live together in an apartment on Argonne Avenue. Apparently, one boyfriend found the other boyfriend's pornographic magazines, and a fight ensued. Both men admitted to hitting each other. Both men were charged with disturbing the peace — and taken to jail.

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ON ANTONE STREET, a man found seven driver's licenses inside his mailbox, so he called police. Turns out all seven licenses are fakes. No suspects — or theories on why the licenses were left in this man's mailbox.

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AN OFFICER SAW a 53-year-old woman ball up an empty cigarette pack and throw it onto East Crew Street. The officer asked whether she intended to pick up the trash. "No," the woman replied, adding that she was going to the store. (The store is one block away, the officer noted.) The officer asked: "Why can't you throw away the trash at the store?" Then the woman kicked the trash into a storm drain. She got a ticket for disorderly conduct.

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ON DONALD LEE HOLLOWELL PARKWAY, a woman flagged down police and said, "That man just jumped on the woman in a wheelchair and started slapping her." The wheelchair-bound woman said the man slapped her and her female friend because her friend refused to go with him to sell sex for money. The female friend said the man had been trying to pimp her for days, and when she refused to work for him, he struck her face and mouth. The wheelchair-bound woman said when she tried to help her friend, the man jumped on her leg and slapped her. The man, age 60, was charged with simple battery.

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A 55-YEAR-OLD WOMAN called police and said her sister cut her leg. (The sisters live together in a house on Wellington Street.) An officer went to her house and asked some questions. The officer noted that the woman became uncooperative and stopped answering. According to the officer, the woman said she was missing Sunday school, and Sunday school is the most important thing in the world to her. Then the woman asked if she could leave. The officer said she could go if she didn't want to answer any more questions. The woman returned to her church service. No charges filed.

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AT HARTSFIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, a woman reported that her luggage never showed up. The woman said she's very upset because her luggage contains a year's worth of research for her doctoral dissertation. The bag also contains almost $1,000 worth of books on juvenile justice. (Blotter aside: The report did not definitively state that the luggage was stolen. But, the Blotter Diva must note, a potential thief might not be thrilled to open the bag and find a bunch of books on juvenile justice.)

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Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.





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