Connecting dots – Robbery, battery reported in DecaturPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
Decatur Police say two incidents reported Monday, March 17, may be the work of the same suspect.
Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said that at approximately 5 pm on Monday, March 17, police responded to a call of “simple battery” in the area of South Candler Street and Midway Road. A 16-year-old was walking with her 12-year old brother on South Candler when they were approached by an unknown male. He grabbed her arm and said, “I need to use your phone.” He then repeatedly asked her for the phone, but didn’t threaten her and didn’t try to take the phone form her. The girl and her brother continued home and they called police. They described the suspect as a black man, approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a light complexion, short hair and a lean build. He was wearing a bright red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a black belt with a metal buckle.
Police believe that incident is connected to a second incident from Monday, March 17. At approximately 6 pm, police responded to a report of a robbery in the 100 block of Sycamore Street. A woman said she was standing in front of a restaurant on the downtown square and talking on her cell phone. A man snatched the phone out of her hand and fled toward the Decatur Marta station entrance at the 400 block of Church Street. Ross said the suspect was described as a black man, who was 6 feet tall and wore a red hooded sweatshirt.