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Two kids targeted by cell phone thieves, Decatur Police say

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Two kids targeted by cell phone thieves, Decatur Police say

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Two children were victims of a robbery on Monday afternoon, Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said.

“On Monday, December 11, 2017 at approximately 4:12 pm, MPO Kersey responded to the 200 block of Ponce de Leon Place regarding a robbery that had just occurred,” Ross said. “The mother of the 13-year-old victim reported her son was walking on Ponce de Leon Place just north of West Ponce de Leon Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. when he was approached by two males. One of the males punched the victim in the stomach and kicked him in the leg and one of the males snatched the victim’s cell phone out of his hand.”

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Here is the description of the suspects:

#1: Black male, approximately 18-years old, wearing black pants and earrings.

#2: Black male, approximately 18-years-old, wearing red pants.

A witness stopped to help the victim and another chased the suspects away, Ross said.

Within minutes, police responded to a similar call.

“At 4:25 pm, Sgt. Nembheard responded to Michigan Avenue in reference to an additional robbery,” Ross said. “The 11-year-old victim reported he was walking with friends near the Old Courthouse on the square at approximately 4 p.m. when a man ran up behind him and snatched his cell phone from his hand and ran westbound toward West Ponce de Leon Avenue. The suspect was a black male who appeared to be high school aged, wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.”

“Investigators are following up on potential leads at this time,” Ross added.

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