The Blotter April 23 2008

Braving a violent attack

FANDALISM? During an Atlanta Braves baseball game, an officer responded to a call about an injured person in front of the Chop House at Turner Field. A middle-aged man from Macon was on the ground, "with one of his teeth beside his head," the officer wrote. "He was bleeding from the mouth and I observed more teeth missing." The Macon man couldn't speak clearly, but he did say another man walked up to him in the crowd and punched him in the mouth. (The suspect is described as a redheaded man with a beard, about age 23 to 25, wearing a red shirt and jeans.) Medics took the Macon man to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The officer talked to the Macon man's son and friend, who had accompanied him to the baseball game. The friend said they were sitting in section 217, when a group of men had words with the Macon man because the Macon man was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates hat. He said he didn't see the assault, but he saw this same group walk downstairs just after the Macon man got punched. He also said "this group that was seated in front of them was very drunk and was dancing for the TV camera, so there should be film of the suspected perp," the officer wrote.

The next day, the officer called and asked about the Macon man's condition. Apparently, he had a broken jaw and other facial fractures, in addition to having lost several teeth.

GUNS 'N' BOOTIES: A 31-year-old woman said she was robbed while she was moving from her apartment on Mount Zion Road to another apartment across the street. "[She] stated she was moving in the middle of the night," an officer wrote. The woman said she put some boxes outside — and later, one box was gone. Apparently, the missing box contained two pistols and assorted baby clothes and shoes. The woman said several people were standing around outside while she was moving.

THINGS YOU DON'T TELL POLICE: Around 2:30 a.m., an officer tracked a black BMW going 101 mph on I-20. The officer stopped the car and spoke with the driver, a 35-year-old man from College Park. The driver said he just left a club and had alcohol about four hours ago, the officer noted. The man took several field sobriety tests indicating he was a "less-safe driver." According to the police report, the man insisted that he only had one glass of wine, and he always drives fast because it's fun. Also, he told police that he once drove 120 mph in his Maserati in downtown Atlanta. He went to jail on multiple charges.

LET'S BE FRENEMIES: A 31-year-old woman said she decided to leave her car in Maddox Park on North Avenue because the car wouldn't start and she couldn't get a boost. She said a male acquaintance (who used to date her child's grandmother) happened to be in the park and he kept saying that the car battery was good so the alternator must have gone bad. The woman said when she returned the next morning to get her car, there was a smear of blood on the door handle and the driver's side window was shattered. Items reported missing: boys' shoes, a car charger and her car battery. The woman believes the male acquaintance returned and broke into her car. She said he has a history of cocaine use and he's been in and out of jail. He is described as a 42-year-old unemployed man, with gold teeth and thinning hair on top. Also, there is a "Betty Boop" tattoo on his arm.

OFFICE OF REDUNDANCY BLUNDER? A police officer responded to a call about a gun accidentally being fired at "the City of Atlanta Correction's Office of Professional Standards," he wrote. An employee said he returned to his office after his weapon was inspected. "He stated he began to reassemble his weapon. During the process, [the employee] inserted a loaded magazine, then released the slide," the officer wrote. "He stated he forgot to de-cock the weapon and pulled the trigger. One round was discharged from the weapon and struck a brick wall in his office." No injuries reported.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: An undercover cop said a 36-year-old woman got into his car at the corner of Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. According to the cop, the woman said "I really get into the oral sex thing after I get high," and offered to give him oral sex for $30. She was arrested. According to the police report, the woman said her stepfather was one of the biggest pimps around, but he didn't deal with low-line "hoes" like herself.

TAX AND SPEND: A man said he tried to rent an apartment, and that's when he discovered that his ex-wife had stolen his identity. He said she used his Social Security number to get a phone and rang up a debt of $160. Also, he said, she used his identity to get an apartment on Aylesbury Loop in Decatur. The man said his ex-wife works at the DeKalb Tax Commissioner's Office in Decatur.

Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words. Want more? Listen to the Blotter Diva on 92.9's (Dave FM) "The Zakk Tyler Morning Show" every Tuesday between 6:30-7 a.m.

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