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APD responds to family feud at Morris Lounge

Kirkwood and East Lake

APD responds to family feud at Morris Lounge

An Atlanta Police vehicle. Source: Wikimedia Commons

An Atlanta Police vehicle. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Atlanta Police responded to an assault at the Morris Restaurant and Lounge in Kirkwood just two days after its owners announced plans to rein in some of the rowdier behavior there.

The victim of the assault, Franklin Morris, and the suspect, Roosevelt Morris, are brothers and part of the family that owns the lounge.

According to Zone 6 police reports, on Aug. 16 officers responded to a call about an assault in the lounge’s parking lot.

“The victim’s brother approached him from behind with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, cocked it and then stated, ‘I will bust your ass,'” the report says.

Franklin Morriss told the officer that his brother had hit another man in the head with a chair. According to a witness quoted in the report, Roosevelt allegedly struck the man with the chair because, “he felt (he) was being rude.” She said Franklin took the victim to another location and when he came back, Roosevelt confronted him.

The witness told officers, “Mr. Roosevelt has anger issues.”

According to the report, Franklin declined to pursue the charges against his brother.

Two days earlier, on Aug. 14, owner Franklin Morris appeared before Atlanta Municipal Judge Herman Sloan regarding noise violations at the club. The club, which is a historically black-owned owned business that has been in operation since the 1960’s, has received two citations this year for violations of the city’s noise ordinance. Neighbors have been complaining for months about unruly behavior at the club. The club’s owners had said they felt their new neighbors were trying to run them out of the neighborhood.

During the hearing, Franklin Morris said he’d reached out to neighbors to find ways the business and the surrounding residences can coexist. The judge accepted the terms, asking Morris to come back to court on Sept. 25 so he could check in on his relationship with his neighbors. He warned Morris not to run afoul of the city’s noise ordinances during his probation or he would face harsher punishment.

Here are some other crime reports from Zone 6 for the week ending Aug. 16. All reports are provided by Atlanta Police and presumed to be accurate:


– On Aug. 11 there was an attempted residential burglary on the 1900 block of Hosea Williams Drive. The victim told police he saw a man and two women attempt to knock down the front door of a residence with a sledgehammer.

– On Aug. 11, someone reported a stolen vehicle, a silver Ford Fusion. The victim had left the car for a moment with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle running. “While taking the report the vehicle was located abandoned at 1849 Bixby,” the police report says.

– On Aug. 16, someone reported a vehicle stolen from the 100 block of Locust Street NE, a gray Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was recovered and the “steering column, ignition key switch and driver door lock were damaged.”


– On Aug. 12, there was an attempted theft from a vehicle at the Edgewood Retail District. A security guard saw the suspect in the act and scared him away.

– There was an aggravated assault on Marona Street on Aug. 12. According to the report, “The suspect drove by the residence, stopped in front of the driveway, fired three shots and left. The victims were in the house when the shots were fired. No damages were found to the residence. One victim stated that her brother has been in a dispute over an Instagram with a man that goes by the handle of ALMIGHT_SAVAGE with a possible name of Bald/Big Head.”

The suspects are listed as, “‘ALMIGHT_SAVAGE’ or ‘Bald/Big Head.'”

East Lake 

– There was a vehicle reported stolen on Aug. 13 around the 300 block of Hillside Village Drive. Someone stole a silver Honda Accord from an apartment parking lot.

Several burglaries were reported in East Lake:

– Aug. 11, a residential burglary on the 2700 block of Pharr Road Northeast. Stolen:  13 inch laptop, Nikon D 50 digital camera, Cannon Powershot camera, diamond ring, diamond earring set, 7 inch tablet Kindle. The suspect pried open the rear window

– Aug. 13, a commercial burglary was reported at a church on the 2400 block of Memorial Drive Southeast. Stolen:  Cannon XL1 video camera, Panasonic DCV 9300 video camera. The suspect broke a front door window and someone had damaged the main circuit box.

– Aug. 15, there was a residential burglary reported on the 2600 block of Knox Street Northeast.  Stolen: gold bracelet, gold necklace, four wedding rings, gold locket, gold earrings, LG flat screen, Sony sound bar, wall mount, Apple Mac Pro laptop, leather case. There were no signs of any forced entry.

– Aug. 15, there was a residential burglary reported at an apartment on the 300 block of Greenhaven Drive Southeast. Stolen: 46 inch laptop LG TV, HP laptop, large amount of coins. A bedroom window was pushed up a little and the screen was missing.

– On Aug. 15, there was a residential burglary reported at an apartment on the 700 block of Greenhaven Drive Southeast.  Stolen: eight pairs of tennis shoes, one duffel bag, one wallet, credit cards, driver’s license and social security cards. There was no forced entry. The back porch door may have been unlocked.

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