The Blotter February 24 2010

WHEN ROOMMATES GO BAD: A 21-year-old woman said her roommate/boyfriend assaulted her at their apartment on Tumlin Street. She said she was asleep in her room when he started banging on her door, and accused her of eating his pizza. "He called her a bitch and demanded that she open the door," an officer wrote. Then, he apparently went away.

The woman said she left the apartment for a few hours – but when she returned, the roommate/boyfriend confronted her in the kitchen and said she owed him $10. "He then threw a fork at her, the fork struck her chest area, he then threw a knife toward her, but missed," an officer wrote.

The woman said she left the apartment and did not return. She reported the incident to Georgia Tech police, who notified Atlanta police. The next day, an Atlanta police officer escorted her to the apartment to gather her things. The roommate/boyfriend wasn't there. The woman said she only knows her roommate/boyfriend's first name – not his last name.

BRINGING UP THE REAR: A 42-year-old woman reported an incident at a public library on Hollywood Road. She said she dropped off her kids at the library for their volunteer work around 1 p.m., then she and her mother-in-law stayed inside her car in the library parking lot. She said she was in her car trying to get the Internet to come up on her laptop computer. "The Internet would not work, so she decided to get out of her car to stretch her legs," an officer wrote. "When she got out of the car, she set the laptop on the driver's seat and bent down to turn it off." While she was bent over, she says, a library employee came up behind her and slapped her hard on the butt. (The library employee is a 57-year-old man.) She said she turned around and the employee walked away, laughing.

According to the woman, her mother-in-law said from the backseat, "You're not going to do anything to him for hitting you on your butt?"

At this point, the woman said the library's branch manager drove into the parking lot. She said she told the manager that a library employee slapped her on the butt, and the library manager just kind of laughed about it.

BAR CHATTER: One Monday night, an officer got a call about a man allegedly threatening people at a bar in Ansley Mall. According to the bar manager, the man said he was waiting inside to stab someone. Then he walked around the bar, yelling and muttering to himself, while he took off some of his clothes. Apparently, before police arrived, the man went to another nearby bar. An officer went to the other bar and arrested the man, 28, on a disorderly conduct charge. He went to jail.

FLESH FIESTA: One Friday night, a 27-year-old man said he left his apartment on Grant Terrace around 9 p.m. and returned around midnight. He said when he got home, he saw a broken side window and an unlocked side door. He said someone had stolen meat from his freezer — 20 pounds of ribs, boar meat and hamburger patties. Also, his MacBook Pro laptop was missing. No further information.

STRANGE VISIT: A 25-year-old man reported his friend missing. He said his friend — whom he had hadn't seen in six years — visited one weekend from Cincinnati. He said one morning, his friend started banging his head on a wall and ripping his clothes off — for no apparent reason. The man said he called police to his home in Doraville. The police talked to his friend, and then let his friend go. After police left, the friend returned to the man's apartment and seemed disoriented.

The next day, the man said he dropped his friend off at the Greyhound bus station with a bus ticket back to Cincinnati. A week later, the friend's family hadn't heard from him. The friend is described as a 26-year-old man with a scar under his right eye, short brown hair, wearing jeans and a hooded blue jacket.

CHOMP DOWN: A police officer responded to a dispute at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Douglas Street. A 46-year-old Alabama man said he was driving his female friend's car and she got mad at him for not buying her "smokes." He said she grabbed the shift lever and put it in park. He said they started arguing as they exited the car and she bit him, causing a small cut. "In response to that, he stated he bit her to make her stop," an officer wrote. "He then walked away from the location before the incident escalated. He stated he wanted a report because he just got out of prison for domestic violence and he knows how the system works."

JUST PLAIN CREEPY: A Florida woman reported a suspicious man who sat next to her in the atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. She said the man had the same type of cell phone that she does and she asked if he had a charger she could borrow. The man said the phone was not his, and he actually stole it from a dead man, who just died at his house a few hours ago from a drug overdose. She said the man pointed to a black bag and said he also stole the bag from the dead man. He reportedly said someone called for help, but the man died before paramedics arrived.

The woman said the man appeared skittish when police walked by him at the airport, but he did not smell of alcohol and he did not appear high.

Police swept the airport atrium looking for the man but could not find him. Apparently, he left the dead man's cell phone on a small corner table near where he had been sitting. The cell phone was turned in to police.

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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