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Sexual predator arrested in Atlanta, faces aggravated battery charge in Clarkston

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Sexual predator arrested in Atlanta, faces aggravated battery charge in Clarkston

Robert McKenzie. Photo provided by Decatur Police
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Robert McKenzie. Photo provided by Decatur Police

Robert McKenzie, a known sexual predator who is alleged to have harassed several women in the area, has been arrested.

Atlanta Police picked up McKenzie and he was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on Oct. 29, records show. Police arrested him while he was walking on the sidewalk in the 1200 block of DeKalb Avenue.

Clarkston Police have issued a warrant for McKenzie on aggravated battery charges. He is accused of throwing a jacket at a cyclist causing the rider to fall and sustain minor injuries.

McKenzie rides his bike around town and his behavior has been reported to police on numerous occasions. His activity has put people in the community on edge in recent weeks. He has been arrested at least three times this year, records show, including at least one arrest for failing to register as a sex offender.

McKenzie was in DeKalb County jail last month following an arrest in Avondale Estates for public Intoxication before he was booked into Fulton County’s jail. When asked why McKenzie was released from jail on Oct. 9, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said, “Mr. McKenzie is in compliance with the Sex Offender Registry.” The Sheriff’s Office said his case was transferred to DeKalb County, which is where McKenzie currently resides.

Decatur Patch previously reported that McKenzie had been arrested in Norfolk, Va. in 2002 for “exposing himself and then beginning to masturbate in front of an 11- and 26-year-old at a local beach.” According to the Georgia Sex Offender Registry, McKenzie was convicted in Virginia in 2004 of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Atlanta Police arrested in him 2010 after he approached a woman on freedom parkway. He had been seen following a different woman during her runs, according to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article. He was arrested on charges of carrying a knife longer than 3 inches. According to the AJC, “The [arresting] officer also disposed of ‘contaminated’ rags and pornographic pictures that McKenzie had in his pockets” at the time of the arrest.

In 2011 he was accused of touching a child at Glenlake Pool in Decatur and he was subsequently arrested. The family declined to file a police report at the time, but the arrest violated the terms of his probation. Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross testified at his probation revocation hearing and said his probation was revoked. He served the remainder of his sentence and was released in 2013.

Last May, 2016, Avondale Estates sent out a warning to residents about McKenzie after he was spotted riding through the neighborhood riding his bicycle and yelling. Police said at the time, “The subject is not currently wanted, but is being supervised by the Fulton County Probation Department. The Probation Department has stated the only current restrictions the subject has is wearing an ankle bracelet (tracking device) and he cannot live in the same dwelling where a minor (under 18) is living.” Last October, McKenzie was stopped by Clarkston Police after chasing a female cyclist but was not arrested.

In February 2017, a woman told Atlanta Police she was running down the street on DeKalb Avenue and McKenzie allegedly threw a bottle in her direction, but the bottle did not hit her. She reported it to police in case it happened again. In March, Atlanta Police arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct while under the influence of alcohol. According to a police report, McKenzie was at 1001 Ponce de Leon Avenue and “acting in a very violent manner, swinging sticks at cars and vehicles.” He allegedly told police he was “mad at family and tired.”

According to Fulton County jail records and the DeKalb County Police Department, he was arrested on April 7, 2017, on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. A DeKalb Police spokesperson said, “He was seen tampering with mailboxes at an apartment complex.” Fulton County jail records show he was released on April 13.

In July, another woman contacted Atlanta Police concerning an encounter with McKenzie. She said she was standing on the sidewalk at Freedom Park and a man walked up beside her, making her feel uncomfortable.

“She stated that he immediately began waving a t-shirt that was in his hand at her in an aggressive manner towards her making her feel fearful for her safety,” the police report says. The man was identified as McKenzie. The woman told police that he “continued the aggressive manner towards her and when she realized that she was in harm’s way she took off running and he returned to the path in the park.” She said other people in the park had previously witnessed similar behavior.

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