Emory University student robbed at gunpoint in DecaturPhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
This story has been updated.
Decatur Police say an Emory University student walking down North Decatur Road was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Lt. Jennifer Ross said police responded to the call at 10:13 p.m. The victim was walking eastbound on the sidewalk and was approaching Willivee Drive. She saw a vehicle at a stop sign at the intersection of Willivee and North Decatur Road.
“She thought it was strange because the vehicle was not turning even though there was no traffic on North Decatur Road,” Ross said.
After she crossed Willivee, a man approached her and demanded her property. The victim says she believes he was carrying a shot gun. She threw down her purse and jacket, then ran home.
“The suspect was described as a black male, average height and weight, with a medium complexion and a short afro,” Ross said. “A witness reported seeing the robbery take place from a distance and stated the suspect got into the passenger side of the vehicle, possibly a 2-door Honda Civic, and fled eastbound on North Decatur Road.”
Police said there was a similar incident that occurred Monday, Nov. 23, in DeKalb County. It occurred at the 1500 block of Clairmont Road.
“In that case an Emory student was walking home and passed a vehicle stopped in their complex parking lot when the suspect exited the vehicle, pointed a shotgun and demanded the victim’s cell phone,” Ross said. “The suspect was described as a black male. Investigators are coordinating with the DeKalb County Police Department and Emory Police Department on these cases.”