Man Says He Was Threatened With Knife, Forced To Take Money From ATM

He says it started when he offered a ride to two pedestrians.

This information comes from Decatur Police Department reports.

A man went to the Decatur Police Station the afternoon of Feb. 13 and told officers about an incident that started about 7 p.m. Feb. 10 as he was leaving work at a downtown Decatur office building. The man gave this account:

He almost struck two pedestrians in the parking lot that night and stopped to apologize. One asked for a ride to Lawrenceville Highway and the driver agreed to take them part of the way. On Church Street the man in the back seat grabbed the driver's collar and held a butcher knife to his throat. The man in the front seat removed his wallet.

The driver was ordered to drive around Decatur and DeKalb County and they ended up at an abandoned house, where the men bound his hands and feet. They quickly returned, untied him and drove to an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank on Memorial Drive at Rockbridge Road. The driver made two $500 withdrawals

The driver said he'd give them the cash if they'd return his belongings and car. They drove to the DeKalb County School Administrative buildings off North Decatur Road. One man handed the driver his credit card as the driver handed over the cash. The men walked toward Memorial Drive.

One suspect was described as clean-cut black male, about six feet tall, with a dark complexion in his mid-twenties. He wore a black jacket and ball cap and carried Crest Whitening Strips. The second man was described as a light-skinned, unshaven black male in his late twenties to early thirties. He was about six feet tall and 170 pounds and wore a gray sweatshirt. 

Police have not reported making any arrests in the case.


A woman told police a Playstation and other items were stolen from her Robin Street apartment Feb. 8 after she allowed a friend to stay overnight.

The woman said the male friend arrived about midnight and she fell asleep about 2 a.m. She woke up at 5 a.m., discovered her friend was gone and went to the gym. Upon returning, she noticed things were missing from her apartment.

Listed as stolen were a Sony Playstation 3 valued at $399, two Nintendo 3DS valued at $169 each, 15 video games valued at $50 each, a Nintendo WII valued at $299, a mobile phone valued at $129, and a red book bag valued at $20.


Two cars were reported stolen.

A man who lives in the 1200 block of Church Street said he parked his 2000 Honda Civic in front of his apartment at 11:15 p.m. Feb. 8 and realized the car was missing at 1 p.m. Feb. 9.

A woman told police her boyfriend's 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was stolen Feb. 10 from the DFCS building on Sams Street. She said she parked abotu 4:30 p.m. and returned abotu 5:30 p.m. to find the car gone.

Steve February 22, 2012 at 08:20 PM
OK, so why did the first gentleman wait 3 days before reporting the incident to police?
Ralph Ellis February 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Steve, I wondered the same thing. The report doesn't explain that.
Decaturette February 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Fear? Was he threatened? The perpetrators had lots of personal info from his wallet? Reminder to self: No matter how homey City of Decatur seems, no rides for strangers and always go to police immediately.


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