Robbery on Dekalb Ave.

I’m busy trying to convince my SO that I am dying a slow and painful death after a mere 4 months in suburbia (new co-habitation donchaknow) and that we simply must move ourselves back in town where I belong, when I get a steaming pile of poo on my parade bulletin delivered to my inbox, which almost ensures the SO will never allow my dream to come true.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the robbery that occurred on Dekalb Ave. on Saturday night but I wanted to make sure you had all the information. Saturday night at about 2115 hours, 2 subjects began shooting into the residence at 992 Dekalb Ave. The homeowners were home along with 4 guests. They fled out of the rear of the home jumping from the 2nd story to flee these perpetrators. One of the victims was injured when she jumped and fell on her face. Others sprained their ankles when they jumped. No one was shot which was a miracle since the perpetrators fired more than 30 rounds in the home.

After gaining entry, the perpetrators gathered up personal belongings of the victims (wallets, credit cards) and fled from the residence towards the MARTA station. The first Officer arrived within a minute and a half and immediately broadcast the description of the perpetrators. The entire Zone 6 Evening watch descended upon the area. One of the Officers spotted the perpetrators and with the help of MARTA Police Officers gave chase. Other Zone 6 Officers were able to cut off their escape avenue and took them into custody. Everything that had been taken from the victim’s home was recovered as were the guns that were used.

Both perpetrators were debriefed and admitted to some involvement in the incident. The said they randomly picked this house and these victims. They were both charged and taken to jail. The perpetrators names are Lanorris Moore (age 18) and Tremain Lovelace (age 17). This is where the neighborhood can help with letters to the District Attorney asking that they receive a high bond and offers of help in the prosecution of these perpetrators (neighborhood appearances, neighborhood testimony). Once convicted, additional letters asking for a stiff sentence could also be helpful.

Forget about the fact that this could have happened anywhere, because it didn’t. It happened close enough to my old condo for me to get the lecture about him feeling safe with me at home alone if he has to work late. Tanksfernuttin ya jackhole criminals.

I’m glad everyone impacted came out (relatively) unscathed, and can I get a “hells to the yeah” kudos for the Zone 6 officers!?! Damn good stuff.

6 Comments so far

  1. BTI (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    This is too bad. Also this is an example of how MARTA has gained a bad reputation. Every time there is violence in the general vicinity of a station MARTA’s name gets dragged in the mud. “The perpetrators fled towards the MARTA station” is a vague description considering there are MARTA stations in both directions along Dekalb.

  2. beans (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Actually, if you look at the address, it’s only about 2 blocks west of the Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station and a fair distance from King Memorial which is almost to GSU.

    While I agree in part with what you say about MARTA needlessly being dragged through the mud, I think this may have been a fair statement in this situation, especially if they were planning to use MARTA to flee the area. Of course, this just bolsters the Cobb county argument for not allowing MARTA, but whatever.

  3. George Burdell (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    I think that MARTA should certanly be identified in this situation. If criminals are using public transportation as a getaway route, it needs to be noted. Whoever wrote the bulletine didn’t ignore the fact that a MARTA officer was crucial to the capture either.

    I think the real bottom line is that if we had more officers in the city, and particularly more officers who respond with the certainty of the zone 6 force, then crime like this would decline.

  4. BTI (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    Fair enough if it was that close. However the possibility of someone using MARTA as a gettaway is still pretty laughable to me. I can’t really picture someone standing on the platform with a t.v. and waiting 15 minutes for the next train. Seems like they would be a sitting duck to me. You’d think we had the best public transit in the country if people are able to rob someone and zip away in a flash on a MARTA train. This would be a ringing endorsement of efficiency of MARTA if it were true.

  5. dreish (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    You’re much more likely to die in a car accident, living out in the suburbs, than to die of homicide living intown and walking everywhere. Plus the suburbs aren’t exactly crime-free, either.

  6. roxie (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    Also, please note that while they rant towards MARTA, they did not escape on it. This does not bolster’s Cobb’s arguement.

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