Two carjackings reported in Edgewood Retail District this month
It looks like the Edgewood Retail District is being targeted by carjackers again.
A violent carjacking over the summer led to calls for increased safety at the retail center. Police said they have beefed up controls and worked with the center’s management to increase security. Despite those measures, the area has had two carjackings this month.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported the first carjacking, which occurred around Jan. 11. The station reported that a University of Georgia Student was carjacked at gunpoint outside of the Best Buy.
The second carjacking occurred on the night of Jan. 26.
Atlanta Police said a man had has Mercedes Benz taken from him at knife-point in the center’s parking deck.
Officers responded to the call just after 10 pm. According to the report, the man told officers that three young men were sitting in a red hatchback when he pulled into the parking deck. At first he was suspicious, but he wasn’t immediately concerned for his safety. But when he turned his back from them, one of the men grabbed him from behind and put a knife to his throat and yelled, “Give me the keys to your car!”
The victim’s right hand was cut as he was trying to protect his neck. He gave the suspect his keys. The suspect released the victim, pointed the knife at his stomach and said, “Now give me all your money.” The man “desperately searched his pockets and came up with roughly $65.”
The suspect took the money, and jumped into the victim’s Mercedes. One of the other men in the hatchback climbed into the passenger side of the car, and drove away. The third suspect drove away in the hatchback.
The suspects are described as black males, wearing hooded sweat shirts and wool scarves over their faces. The victim could not recall any other details, but there is video surveillance of the crime. Police are reviewing the footage and the investigation continues.
Safety concerns appeared to have died down after the arrests of the suspects in the July carjacking, but there are now renewed calls for better security at the retail center. Some residents are even discussing the possibility of a boycott until the retail center is better secured.