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Decatur Police unsure if recent robberies are connected

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Decatur Police unsure if recent robberies are connected

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Decatur Police are investigating two robberies and an attempted robbery that occurred this week.

Police are unsure if the incidents are connected but haven’t ruled it out, Lt. Jennifer Ross said.

The first robbery occurred around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.

“Decatur police were in the area of the Decatur MARTA bus loop turnaround and were alerted to a robbery that had just occurred in the 100 block of Sycamore Street,” the report says. “The victim reported she and a friend were seated at an outdoor dining table across from a couple. The couple stood up and one of them grabbed the victim’s purse from under her chair and the couple ran from the area. The victim and her friend ran after the suspects but lost sight of them. Officers canvassed the area and located the purse and its contents on the sidewalk. The victim was not injured.”

Police provided the following descriptions of the suspects:

– #1: Black male, mid-20’s, approximately 5’10” and 200 lbs, no facial hair, short twists hairstyle, wearing a dark blue hoodie drawn over his head and a gray sleeved denim jacket over the hoodie.

– #2: Black female with a slender build.

The next day, Nov. 4, at 7:36 p.m. police responded to the 300 block of East Howard Avenue on a call about an attempted robbery.

“The victim reported he was walking in the 100 block of Barry Street when he was grabbed from behind by an unknown male who stated ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ and postured as if he had a gun in his hoodie,” the report says. “The victim was able to break free of the suspect’s grasp and fled. The suspect retreated towards Commerce Drive. The victim was not injured. No items were taken.”

Police described the suspect as a black male, late teens-late 20’s, approximately 5’7”, medium build dark complexion, wearing a red hoodie and dark pants.

On Nov. 4, a victim of a previous robbery visited the Police Department to file a report.

“The victim reported that approximately an hour earlier she was walking westbound on Swanton Way near the DeKalb County Parking deck when she noticed an unknown male standing in the dark put his hood on over his head just prior to her passing him,” the report says. “As she passed the male he quickly approached her and began aggressively pulling at her purse. After a short struggle, her purse ripped apart and the suspect got away with the bottom half of her purse. Another male in the area approached to help her and they chased the suspect past the front of the DeKalb Courthouse. The male who came to her assistance chased the suspect westbound onto West Trinity Place, retrieved her purse and brought it back to her. The victim was not injured.”

Police described the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’5” and wearing a dark hoodie.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-Tips and remain anonymous or contact Investigator Robert Lindsey at [email protected] or 678-553-6628.

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