UPDATE: Police find vehicle in Germani caseA photo of Greg Germani with his dog, Ruby. Photo provided by Beth Anne Harrill
This story has been updated.
Atlanta Police may have tracked down a vehicle suspected of being used in an assault on Decatur resident Greg Germani.
Spokesman John Chafee confirmed to Decaturish that police found the vehicle after receiving a tip.
Germani was seriously injured on June 9 when a vehicle struck him on Flagler Avenue in Piedmont Heights. Atlanta Police say that the driver of the vehicle intentionally struck Germani. They have been looking for the suspect’s red Dodge Nitro for days. The suspect faces a charge of aggravated assault.
“Atlanta Police Investigators were following up on a tip and located a vehicle that matches the description of the suspect vehicle in the Flagler Ave aggravated assault case,” Chafee said. “Investigators observed damage on the vehicle and have impounded the vehicle to further investigate. Our crime scene unit has processed the vehicle for evidence and we are working to determine whether this is the suspect vehicle or not. At this time the investigation continues.”
Maj. Van Hobbs, commander of Atlanta’s Zone 2 Precinct, said investigators have found a vehicle but have not determined if it is the one used to attack Germani.
“We are following all leads and tips and forensics will determine if the vehicle found today is the vehicle we are looking for,” Hobbs told Decaturish via email.
Fox 5 reported that police found the vehicle in the parking garage of an apartment complex in Midtown, covered in a tarp. The vehicle, which has Michigan plates, has been parked there for about two weeks, according to Fox 5. Fox 5 reports that police may have located the vehicle. To read the story from Fox 5, click here.
Germani, 50, is a Decatur resident and the man behind the Atlanta Time Machine website. On Monday, Germani left the Grady ICU and transferred to a private hospital in Midtown.
“This is an intermediate phase before Greg can be admitted to the Shepherd Center for rehabilitation,” Beth Anne Harrill, Germani’s girlfriend, wrote on her Facebook page. “Although I don’t usually ask for specific prayers, please pray that Greg heals and recovers sufficiently so that he may begin rehabilitation at Shepherd as soon as he is capable.”
Investigators believe that on June 9 Germani and the driver got into some kind of argument with the driver of the Nitro after a near collision on Montgomery Ferry. Police say the driver chased Germani down Flagler Avenue and intentionally struck him with the 4,000 pound vehicle.
A reward fund established for information leading to the arrest of a suspect had reached nearly $30,000 as of Monday afternoon.
John Germani, Greg’s younger brother, said the family is encouraged by the latest news.
“We are hoping that they catch the criminal who perpetrated such an unnecessary and heinous act on such a great person, and we look forward to his lengthy stay in prison,” John Germani said.
Here is the Fox 5 report filed earlier today.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified where the assault took place. It was in Piedmont Heights, which is near Morningside.