The Blotter March 31 2009

FASHION STATEMENT: A 50-year-old man said he has been staying at a hotel on Northside Drive in the Castleberry Hill district for an extended period of time. “[He] stated that he feels that someone is coming into his room and wearing his clothes and then returning his clothes unwashed,” an officer wrote. There were no signs of forced entry to his hotel room.

DRINKING ADVENTURES WITH MOMMA: One Monday night at Underground Atlanta, a 29-year-old man said he was at a bar with his mother, drinking and having a good time when a small dispute started between his mother and a man. The son said his mother had touched the man inappropriately and the man got upset about that. He said he and his mother apologized to the man and “everybody went back to drinking and dancing inside the club,” an officer wrote. Then, the son said he and the same man stepped outside the bar and talked some more. The man reportedly said, “Let’s go outside and smoke a blunt.” The son said he reassured the man that “his mother did not mean any harm by her actions.” Apparently, a third man then started arguing with the first man. The son said the first man asked him to “come walk with me” — so he walked with both men up the street. The son said the first man turned with his hand in his pocket and said, “Give me everything you’ve got.” The son said he never actually saw a gun but believed the man was pointing a gun at him. The son said all he had was $60 in his account and they told him to withdraw the money. So he withdrew $60 and gave it to the two men — and they walked away.

POINTS FOR CREATIVITY: An undercover officer reported that a 37-year-old man approached him on Peachtree Street, near Ponce de Leon Avenue. The man “asked me if I would be interested in making a bet with him,” the officer wrote. “I did not reply to [his] question. I just looked at him. [The man] then started to walk next to me and talk about the weather. [He] asked me if I would give him $4 if he guessed where I bought my shoes. Then [he] stated that he would pay me $4 if he guessed wrong.” The officer said he wasn’t interested in the man’s game and he didn’t want to play. “I then stated, ‘Get to the point. What do you want?’ [He] then asked me for money and I replied no. [He] then asked again if I could give him some money so he could get into the shelter on Mills Street.” Eventually, the officer arrested him for disorderly conduct.  

POINTS FOR CREATIVITY, PART II: An officer reported a man and his bags of books were blocking people on a wheelchair access ramp leading to the Five Points MARTA station. “I observed pedestrians both on foot and in wheelchairs having difficulty going around the subject and his bags,” the officer wrote. The man reportedly said a store manager gave him permission to block the sidewalk. (The manager denied this.) Apparently, the officer gave the man five chances to move, but he refused —  so the officer arrested him. Then, the man said his name was Mr. Timbucktoo. However, his driver’s license showed that his name is not Mr. Timbucktoo (in fact, it’s a pretty average name.) The man was charged with disorderly conduct and giving a false name.

SHOOTING YOURSELF IN THE FOOT: A 45-year-old man walked into City Hall East to run a criminal history on himself. Turns out, he is wanted for violating parole in the city of Bowden, Ga. Also, he’s wanted for violating parole in Carroll County, Ga. An Atlanta officer took the man to jail. “City of Bowden advised they will not pick up subject unless we (City of Atlanta) had charges,” the officer wrote. But Carroll County officers said they would pick up the man.

ROUGH PARTY NIGHT: Police were dealing with a traffic accident on Chappell Road, when a 21-year-old woman allegedly drove her car onto the sidewalk and almost struck four people walking by. “[The 21-year-old woman] drove the vehicle back onto the street and tried to drive off, but both wheels on the driver’s side were flat,” an officer wrote. “[She] stopped the vehicle at the stop sign and vomited all over the driver’s side window.” The officer asked her to get out of the car and “she could barely stand up. [She] almost fell two or three times and had to keep her hands on the car to stop from felling (sic),” the officer wrote. [She] stated on her own free will that she had just left her friend’s birthday party and had two drinks.” She was charged with DUI.

STUPID MOVE OF THE WEEK: Police responded to a 911 call at Greenbriar Mall. A 29-year-old woman said she came to the mall with a friend named “Mike,” whom she met about a week ago. The woman said she withdrew $300 from a bank and put it in her purse – she planned to buy a dog with the money. Then, she said she left her purse with Mike in his car while she went to the mall. (Note: She does not know Mike’s last name.) She said she returned about 15 minutes later – but Mike and his car were gone. She said she called Mike’s cell phone, but he didn’t answer. An officer took her information for a police report.
About an hour later, the same woman called police and said she found her purse at the International House of Pancakes – but her $300 is missing and she still hasn’t heard from Mike.

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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