Decatur Police make arrests in entering auto casesDecatur Police Officers compare notes in the parking lot of Decatur High School. File photo
A Decatur Police Officer’s decision to talk to four people walking down Lockwood Terrace resulted in the arrest of two men suspected of breaking into vehicles.
Lt. Jennifer Ross said that on Oct. 22 at 12:08 a.m., an officer called out to the four people walking down the street and they started running away. The officer pursued two of them behind homes in the 400 block of Sycamore Drive and told responding officers that the other two suspects ran south on Lockwood Terrace.
One of the suspects, 19-year-old Robert Coker of Atlanta, was caught as he fled from behind a house.
“Coker had two active arrest warrants out of the city of Decatur for two entering auto cases that occurred on Sept. 30, 2016 in the Winnona Park area,” Ross said.
He allegedly had a loaded handgun and he was held on the two warrants. He was charged with obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm without a permit.
Another officer found a second suspect, identified as 17-year-old Lajerus Shumpert of Atlanta, lying under a front porch of a home in the 400 block of Sycamore Drive. Shumpert was allegedly holding a screwdriver in his hand. He also allegedly had a small bag of marijuana and a roll of quarters. The arresting officer said the suspect had glass shards in his hands. He also had an active arrest warrant out of Cobb County for theft by taking, Ross said.
“While officers were still on scene of this incident, [an officer] responded to an entering auto in the 100 block of Barry Street where the complainant returned to his vehicle after dinner and found a window broken out and a roll of quarters missing,” Ross said. “Shumpert was held on the warrant and charged with obstructions of an officer, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and entering auto.”