Decatur Police arrest man accused of using finger in attempted robbery

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 11, 2013

Decatur Police have announced the arrest of a man accused of an attempted robbery near the East Lake MARTA station on Sept. 17.

The suspect had his hand in the waistband of his pants, insinuating he had a weapon. He repeatedly told the victim to give up his phone.

But the victim wasn’t fooled.

The victim put his phone in his pocket and refused. The suspect then “withdrew his hand from his waistband, stretched out his arm and with his fingers mimicked having a gun and again demanded the phone,” according to police.

When the victim saw the suspect didn’t have a weapon he yelled at the suspect, causing him to turn and flee on foot back towards the MARTA station. The victim walked home and called police.

Police arrested the suspect, an 18-year-old man from Lithonia, on Oct. 10. Decatur Police found the suspect walking the 1000 block of South Candler Street. The suspect is charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery.

– Carey O’Neil contributed to this report.

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