Police blotter: Assaults, arrests and ‘other things’

Assaults

A woman on Cedar Run reported she got into an argument with her boyfriend and he pushed her against her car. She declined to prosecute.

A man called the police and said his wife was being held hostage by a man. When they got there, they met with a woman who said she and the man were separated and he was crazy. He was not allowed in the home. She said he may have been peeking in the window.

Mason Creek Drive: Domestic violence call. Male got into an argument and poured a soft drink on the victim. He was arrested.

6800 block of Roswell Road: Officers answered a disturbance call at a condo. They found a man with lacerations. The sliding glass door had been broken. The woman in the room with him was his wife.

His version: She went nuts and started trashing the apartment, scratching him, and threw hot candle wax all over the furniture and computer and then broke the sliding glass window.

Her version: He’s a meth-head and, to prove the point, she showed the cops where she hid his meth, which may have had something to do with the argument. He said, in a genuine surprised look, that he had no idea how the meth got there and, once more, whose meth it was.

Arrests were made.

Windridge Drive: Cops responded to a call of an assault. They spoke with a woman who said she was injured when she, her boyfriend and a neighbor went out. The neighbor apparently became upset over the way the boyfriend was driving and the music so the two men got into an argument and, as she intervened, she was pushed to the ground, injuring her knee and shoulder. The neighbor also e-mailed the boyfriend that he would “put my fist through your skull ending your misery.” They were given information on filing a temporary protection order.

Arrests

After a traffic stop at Roswell and Mt. Paran roads, the officer determined the driver has lived in Georgia for four years but never obtained a driver’s license. The driver was arrested and the car impounded.

GA 400 / MARTA station: Officers received a call of reckless driving and found a man on a motorcycle doing wheelies while being filmed by another person in a car. He was cited.

5900 block of Roswell Road: Cops got a call at a deli where two men had gotten into fight over the accusation that one cheated the other in a domino game, resulting in a $40 bet the loser said he lost to the cheating man. The loser then said he would not pay. The other guy reached across and punched him, then went to his car, got a golf club out and then smashed the guy’s car window with it. He was arrested. (Sounds like scenes from a bad movie.)

What we like to call ‘Other things’

A woman reported she had personal property stored in the garage of her ex-husband and the property was now gone. (Clue!) She is accusing her husband’s current lover of the theft.

Two things to remember when you’re getting a divorce:

  1. Never tell your spouse that you intend to file a divorce, and then go to sleep. (See Phil Hartman murder / suicide); and
  2. Get everything you can out of the house quickly and completely. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy it back at your ex’s garage sale.

Sandy Springs Circle and Hilderbrand: Someone knocked over a turtle.

A man came to the PD and reported that during a domestic argument with his roommate, the roommate piled his belongings on the living room floor. The police came to keep the peace while the victim retrieved his property. He loaded his stuff in a U-Haul and later, when he inventoried his stuff, he found stuff missing. He also found and suspects his former roommate may have urinated on his clothes. He is missing several items, he says. They include a PS3 valued at almost $700. (Huh? I thought they cost about $300.) He’s also missing clothing and other stuff.

8610 Roswell Road: A man called the police to tell the officers he and his friend got into an argument.

6900 block of Roswell Road: A woman reported a “previous group of associates” were no longer allowed in the apartment because of disruptive behavior. All of the “previous associates” except one came and got their belongings. She gathered the belongings of the one who didn’t come and later put them in the dumpster. He found out about it and called her and then threatened to kill her. (Not sure of the definition of “associate” in this report.)

8300 block of Roswell Road: The victim called the police and told them he agreed to meet a man named “Shawn” at the Kroger parking lot to “buy music for his (victim’s) studio.” He gave Shawn $300 and Shawn then began punching and kicking the victim to the ground. Apparently a second man entered and assisted the suspect in taking the victim’s wallet, watch, and cash.

Fenwick Place: A woman said she met a man in one of those match-making sites. Here’s how it breaks down (Look for clues. Clues will be recognizable by the next to them):

  • The man said he worked in Cairo, Egypt
  • Egypt would not accept his assets
  • He would send her three money orders of $830 each
  • She should mail $2,500 to Cairo Egypt to an address he gave
  • She did, via Western Union
  • Her account later showed a negative balance and was told the money orders he had sent her were counterfeit

There are men and women who prey on lonely hearts and can talk a good game. But if there is ever talk of money changing hands before any face-to-face? Forget it.

Anything that involves receiving checks and then sending money on, even if they say you will profit (which in this case, the victim wasn’t going to make a dime), it’s a scam. Just hold on to the checks or money order and DO NOT send any funds.

Shop talk about some recent incidents

Last week we investigated a shooting in the 6000 block of Roswell Road where two persons were shot in a drive-by shooting. The 14-year-old male victim was shot in the leg and the 20-year-old female victim was hit in the stomach. It appears gang-related, but no clear motive is evident other than the 14-year-old may have been wearing gang colors and the occupants of the car saw that and shot.

Stupid and crazy. Fortunately, there were good witnesses and detectives worked hours on hours to get this case solved. Two arrests were made Wednesday. Both suspects are from Barrow County and it doesn’t appear they knew the victim. These kinds of investigations are all-nighters for investigators. They work as long as they can track or follow leads. It’s a group effort and we’re fortunate that we have experienced, top-notch investigators, evident by the quickness of the arrests in this case.

Another example is the September homicide at 550 Abernathy. Arrests were made in that case after a lot of hard investigative work and, unlike TV would have you believe, not-so-glamorous, behind-the-scenes trudging through endless possibilities. These are very focused folks and we’re lucky to have such talent.

Buy a shirt (or cap) and support a cop

SSPD gear will soon be on sale at the PD and over the Internet. Ball caps, shirts and other wear can be purchased to benefit the Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund. The fund is being created to assist SSPD officers in times of need. More to come.

Crime prevention programs

The Sandy Springs Police Citizen’s Academy Class 002 presented the department with the class plaque last Wednesday evening at police headquarters. The class also announced it will partner with SSPD on fund-raising efforts this coming year to benefit the SSPD Benevolent Fund.

We’re currently taking applications for the citizen’s police academy beginning in the spring of 2011.

Currently available are openings in gun safety and women’s self-defense courses for this spring and summer.

Participation in all programs is limited to first-come, first-served. For more information, e-mail Officer Larry Jacobs

14 comments Add your comment

Dave

March 15th, 2010
12:21 pm

I’d really like it if you posted information about the Citizen’s Police Academy. Exactly what is it? How long does it take? What happens when you finish – is it for real police officers or is it volunteer police officers or is it just for fun?

Biteme

March 15th, 2010
1:42 pm

Sandy Springs Circle and Hilderbrand: Someone knocked over a turtle. – HILARIOUS! :)

kokomo carl

March 15th, 2010
4:27 pm

Enter your comments here

Man Up.

March 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

I can account for every single episode above by accounting for the whereabouts of the Bookman Seven for the past week or two or three…..

Fact, Jack.

Isn’t it time, Atlanta, that we rid ourselves of the Bookman Seven?

Come on. Who will step forward and start the process? It only takes one good citizen…..

RebeccaJ

March 15th, 2010
7:28 pm

I hope the turtles gonna make it!;)

Big Al

March 16th, 2010
7:49 am

Would this be considered a soft assualt?

“Mason Creek Drive: Domestic violence call. Male got into an argument and poured a soft drink on the victim. He was arrested.”

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

March 16th, 2010
1:11 pm

Finally!! Someone with out of state plates that has been a GA. resident for many years gets caught! One down, thousands to go.

Cubby

March 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

Mr. Gump was correct. Stupid is as stupid does.

Moving base of operations to Sandy Springs soon

March 17th, 2010
1:38 am

Good to know I will soon be able to buy SSPD gear. Moving my operations to your town. With my boys outfitted in SSPD gear we should be able to get into a lot of mischief.
What are you folks thinking? Why don’t you guys sell cookies like the Girl Scouts to raise money?

Robert

March 17th, 2010
1:19 pm

Big Al, it’s called a carbonated aggravated assault and beverage.

Jenster

March 18th, 2010
8:49 am

The turtle is a statue. It’s one of the Sandy Springs Turtles.

Tricia

March 18th, 2010
11:37 am

How do we find out the requirements for Citizens Police Academy. I am really interested and want to know more about it. How long does it last, is it after work hours or what? Please give more details.

David S

March 18th, 2010
1:12 pm

Is a government run police force the best way to handle crime?

http://mises.org/daily/4101

Lt. Steve

March 18th, 2010
9:27 pm

Citizen’s Police Academy information can be obtained by send an e-mail to Officer Larry Jacobs at laurence.jacobs@sandyspringsga.org. Right now it looks like January 2011 is being filled. The course lasts 11 weeks. Time flies so go ahead and ask for the information and Officer Jacobs will send it to you.