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Reward for info in cyclist case nears $30k

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Reward for info in cyclist case nears $30k

Screen Capture from video released by APD.
Screen Capture from video released by APD.

Screen Capture from video released by APD.

UPDATE:  Atlanta Police have found a vehicle that matches the description of the vehicle in this case. For more information, click here

Someone knows the man Atlanta Police say intentionally ran down cyclist Greg Germani with a red Dodge Nitro on June 9.

Whoever that person is will have a big payday when they reveal the man’s identity to police.

Sgt. Karla Baldini, Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta Coordinator, told Decaturish that private donations have pushed the reward fund to a whopping $28,400, and counting. That number includes more than $17,000 raised through a Fundly account.

Baldini said the additional money comes via donations from the Germani family and an anonymous donation.

“This is an unbelievable show of community support,” she said.

Baldini said fundraising at this level isn’t common in most Crime Stoppers cases.

“Since inception, we have only raised this kind of money a couple times—Patrick Cotrona Murder, a murder case in Grant Park and The Standard Bar shooting – where the employee was robbed at killed—we raised $54,000,” Baldini said.

There are two detectives working on the case and Baldini said police have several promising leads, but so far police haven’t announced any arrests in the case. The driver faces a charge of aggravated assault.

Germani, 50, is a Decatur resident and the man behind the Atlanta Time Machine website. He’s still in the ICU at Grady Hospital. 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.

Police believe the suspect is an “under 30-year-old African American male.” The vehicle likely has damage on its front right side, but police aren’t certain about the extent of it.

Police released this video of the vehicle they’re looking for:

People with information can submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). You do not have to give your name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.