Maj. Hobbs Addresses Safety Concerns After Brookwood Drive Robbery

Maj. Van Hobbs called the robbery an isolated incident and said pedestrian robberies are down overall in Buckhead.

Atlanta Police are continuing to look for suspects involved in a that reportedly took place on Brookwood Drive on June 7. Since the incident, runners that utilize Brookwood Drive expressed concerns about the safety of the area.

Zone 2 police say Khalil Anderson was walking southbound on Brookwood Drive towards Lindberg Station from his home when he was confronted by four males. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a pistol at Anderson's head while the other three suspects took his backpack containing a cell phone and laptop computer.

The report states that one of the suspects kept yelling out "Shoot him! Shoot him!" but that all four eventually ran away on foot southbound toward Lakeview Avenue. Police were then notified at 10:39 p.m. that night and investigators were called to the scene.

Anderson, who was not injured or physically assaulted during the robbery, was escorted home by police.

Zone 2 Commander said that the incident is still under investigation and that police are currently checking for any surveillance camera footage that may have been recorded in the area.

Hobbs called the robbery on Brookwood Drive an isolated incident and said that pedestrian robberies have dropped in the time since. Still, Hobbs explained that joggers and walkers should use precaution.  

Be aware what is going on around you at all times, he said, which he knows can be difficult when many joggers get lost in the music pounding through their IPod headphones.

"If you get that feeling when you see someone and you don't feel comfortable approaching, change your direction," Hobbs said. "Change the course you are gonna run. Continue to run but just be aware of your surroundings."

Hobbs said that while running or walking, not to hesitate to call 911 if any suspicious activity is suspected.

"If something doesn't look right, call 911," he said. "We are more than happy to go out and investigate something if it doesn't look right."

Brad Johnson June 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Michael Packer (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Brad, he said pedestrian robberies have declined in Zone 2 since this incident took place. I am about to post an article, though, about several robberies that did occur last week. The numbers may be down but they certainly haven't stopped.
Bob July 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Where were those robberies? Same area?


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