November 15, 2015

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks 43 and 44 (10/18/15 – 10/31/15)

News and Notes

Upcoming Meetings

City officials are available at both of the following meetings to inform residents about public safety issues and to answer questions.
  • Virginia Highland Civic Association: 2nd Monday of the Month at 7:00 pm – Ponce Library Ponce–
  • Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU F): 3rd Monday of the Month at 7:00 pm – Hillside –

Atlanta Police Athletic League (PAL)

We often talk about the need to engage the youth of our city so that they don’t turn to gangs and crime. The Atlanta Police Athletic League is a proven program that is working toward that goal. The Atlanta Police Athletic League is a non-profit public benefit corporation with the mission to provide a safe environment for young people to improve their confidence, self-esteem, civic engagement, and academic achievement through athletics and other programs.

PAL is a cooperative effort of dedicated Atlanta police officers, a Board of Directors and Atlanta's businesses and citizens. The program is funded by both public and private contributions and all funds raised for PAL support activities for youth who participate in the program.

PAL has been proven to get results.  There is a direct link between youth crime prevention and the PAL Program. Less privileged youth learn that they have the mental and physical resources to overcome any obstacles to achieve success. They also gain the reward of feeling that they are an important and valuable part of their community and city.

The Atlanta Police Athletic League is currently asking for volunteers to help coach youth basketball for the 2016 Department of Parks and Recreation basketball season. For more information, please contact Officer Fantauzzi at or Officer Lawrence at

If you “can’t jump” but would like to support the program, the primary fundraiser for PAL is the Guns-n-Hoses boxing match between Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue to be held December 11, 2015 at the Tabernacle. To purchase tickets or for more information Tickets are only $25.

PARKatlanta Town Hall Meetings

If you have concerns about parking enforcement, please read the following information from Alex Wan’s District 6 Newsletter.

The Transportation Committee of the Atlanta City Council will hold a series of town hall meetings regarding the Parking Management Contract that is currently held by PARKatlanta. These meetings are part of Council’s evaluation of whether our policy position will be to 1) renew/extend the current contract; 2) cancel the contract and rebid; 3) cancel the contract and bring parking enforcement back in house; or 4) some combination of these options.


  • To inform and educate the public on the history of the parking contract and its expiration date
  • To illustrate the City Council’s interest in supporting the desires of its constituents
  • To gain as much feedback from the target audience so the City Council can make an informed decision that includes the community’s perspective

Citizens are encouraged to submit their questions and concerns thoroughout the entire process (until one week after the third and final public meeting).  Please submit your input:
  • via email to
  •  via Twitter to @ATLCouncil and use the hashtag: #parkatlanta2016
  • via Facebook at
  •  by calling the Atlanta City Council Office of Communications at 404-330-6823 or 404-330-6775; please leave your name

Town Hall Meeting Schedule:
PARKatlanta Town Hall Meeting #1
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
City of Atlanta Council Chamber
55 Trinity Ave SW

PARKatlanta Town Hall Meeting #2
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Inman Middle School
774 Virginia Ave NE

PARKatlanta Town Hall Meeting #3
Date, Time & Location – TBD

REMINDER: APD Zone 6 Annual Toy Drive & Giveaway

The Atlanta Police Department, Zone 6 is collecting toys for children. Please donate a new unwrapped toy between now and December 14th. John Wolfinger has generously volunteered to collect toys and deliver them to the zone headquarters. John is located at 1054 Vance Avenue and you can leave gifts on his screen porch. No need to call ahead. He has already delivered two car loads full of toys, but more are needed. All gifts will be distributed at a party on December 17th.

Crime Statistics

The following information is taken from our APD Zone 6 report (
It includes information from the Virginia-Highland Beat 601 reported incidents along with relevant reports from other nearby beats. Keep in mind that not all incidents are reported. A map showing the location of beats 601 – 612 within Zone 6 can be found at this link This information is not shared to scare anyone, but to let you know what happens around us every day so you can be alert and aware.

Homicide None reported for Beat 601 and none for Zone Six.

Rape None reported for Beat 601 and none for Zone Six.

Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery One reported for Beat 601 and eleven for Zone Six.
On October 25, 2015 in the evening the victims were walking toward the intersection of Greenwood and Barnett St. when they observed two black males standing there. One victim ran and was chased but got away from the first suspect. The other victim was threatened with a gun and surrendered $20 to the second suspect.

Residential Robbery None reported for Beat 601 and none for Zone Six.

Commercial Robbery None reported for Beat 601 and two for Zone Six.

Aggravated Assault One reported for Beat 601 and ten for Zone Six.
On October 28, 2015 at an apartment on Ponce de Leon Ave the victim knocked on the door of an acquaintance and was attacked by the resident with a knife. The resident, Erin McKeithen, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Residential Burglary Three for Beat 601 and twenty-eight for Zone Six.
On October 28th during the daytime an apartment on Virginia Avenue was entered via a kicked in door and two Apple iPads and a Sony PlayStation were taken.

On October 29th a home on Lanier was entered via a smashed rear window. Silverware and credit cards were stolen.

On October 31st during the evening a homeowner on N. Highland Avenue observed a white man on her front screened porch take a blanket and fill it with nearly two cases of beer that had been set out for a party. Police were called and the man was arrested on a neighbor’s porch. The arrestee is a well-known homeless person in Virginia Highland and Midtown. Danny Entrekin is a repeat offender having served ten years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter, as well as two previous imprisonments of less than one year each. He also has many drug arrests. This case has been identified for CourtWatch and Entrekin has been recidivised. He was indicted on November 10th and will have a preliminary hearing in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday November 16, 2015.

Commercial Burglary One for Beat 601 and two for Zone Six.
On October 21st the Chico’s store on N. Highland Avenue was entered via a broken rear glass door. Assorted clothing was stolen. Note that we have reports from November 8th of a break-in at the Threadz store on St. Charles with clothing being stolen, and on November 12th the front window of Rosemont was broken and clothes were stolen. While not definitely connected, it is possible that we have a crew working shops with high end merchandise in the neighborhood. Fingerprints were found in the Chico case and there is video for the other break-ins, so we hope that these thefts will be solved.

Larceny From Vehicle Eight from Beat 601 and ninety-four for Zone Six.
On October 18th while a taxicab driver was waiting outside his vehicle for his customer another vehicle approached. A black male exited the vehicle and approached with a gun. The victim ran and shouted for help while the suspect took the victim’s wallet with cash and driver’s license. A resident on Todd Road heard the victim yelling and called police. Though this is classified as a larceny from vehicle, the driver’s proximity to the vehicle might have also caused this to be listed as a pedestrian robbery.
Vehicles were also entered on Greenwood, Los Angeles, Park Drive, Ponce de Leon, and Virginia Ave. A backpack, briefcase, cash & checkbook, MP3 player, a cell phone, license plates from two different vehicles, and another hand gun were taken. Vehicles were entered via broken windows, and unlocked doors. Please check your vehicle regularly to ensure that the license plate is still in place, and PLEASE do not leave handguns unsecured in a vehicle. Leaving a gun locked inside a glove box, or hidden in the console is no deterrent to having the gun stolen and used in other crimes.

Other Larcenies Four reported in Beat 601 and forty-one from Zone Six.
On October 23rd the suspect entered Sugar Coat on St. Charles and stole an envelope containing a check and cash totaling $500. Unfortunately the video system was not turned on.
On October 24th a purse was left on the back of a chair at Moe’s and Joe’s while the victim stepped outside to smoke. The suspect stole the bag including wallet, credit cards, and ID. Though there were no witnesses or video, the suspect used the card at the Chevron and Buddy’s. Video from these sources is being looked at.
And here is a strange one. Atlanta InTown Realtor reported that air conditioning units were stolen in November of 2014 from 1001 St. Charles Ave. Some will remember that this property was the former B&B that has been in foreclosure for some time, and the subject of code enforcement violations due to homeless people taking up residents on porches. Perhaps if the bank that foreclosed this property had been more contentious, it might not have taken them a year to find that the air conditioning units were missing.

Auto Theft None from Beat 601 and twenty-three from Zone Six.

Stay Safe!

Kay Stephenson

November 3, 2015

VaHi Safety Team Report Weeks 41 and 42 (10/4/15 – 10/17/15)

News and Notes

2015 Halloween Stars & Stripes Snackdown!

Once again Worthmore Jewelers is collecting leftover Halloween candy for delivery to soldiers through Operation Stars & Stripes. Drop off candy at either location: 500 L-3 Amsterdam Ave, Atlanta or 117 East Court Square, Decatur between November 4th and 8th. One donor from each location will receive a $50 gift card.

APD Zone 6 Annual Toy Drive & Giveaway

The Atlanta Police Department, Zone 6 is collecting toys for children. Please donate a new unwrapped toy between now and December 14th. John Wolfinger has generously volunteered to collect toys and deliver them to the zone headquarters. John is located at 1054 Vance Avenue and you can leave gifts on his screen porch. No need to call ahead. All gifts will be distributed at a party on December 17th.

Safety Tip: Getting Home Safely

Recently we have had reports of people who have been victims at or near their home when returning from an outing. Please consider a few simple steps we all can take to reduce the risk of such crimes. First, if you have guests visiting, make sure when they are leaving that outdoor lights are on, and watch from a doorway to make sure they get safely to their car. If you expect to return home after dark, make sure you leave outside lights on, and keep shrubbery trimmed to eliminate hiding spots for criminals. If you are dropping someone off, wait in your car until they are safely inside and have had time to lock their doors. Likewise, if you are using a service such as a cab or Uber, ask that the drive wait until you are inside. This can’t prevent all incidents, but good lighting and the elimination of hiding spots will go a long way to deter criminals. Knowing they are being watched is the best deterrent. Finally, if you are a member of FBAC, (our Virginia-Highland Security Patrol), and find that you have to make your way home alone, check to see if an FBAC officer is on duty. They will be happy to see you safely to your door. If you are not an FBAC member, please consider joining. The more members we have the more shifts we can cover and the higher the likelihood that an officer can assist you. The schedule for FBAC patrols varies but is published monthly to all members.

Crime Statistics

The following information is taken from our APD Zone 6 report (
It includes information from the Virginia-Highland Beat 601 reported incidents along with relevant reports from other nearby beats. Keep in mind that not all incidents are reported. A map showing the location of beats 601 – 612 within Zone 6 can be found at this link This information is not shared to scare anyone, but to let you know what happens around us every day so you can be alert and aware.
Homicide None reported in Beat 601 and none in Zone 6.
Rape None reported in Beat 601 and one reported in Zone 6.
Pedestrian/Carjacking Robbery Two reported in Beat 601 and twelve reported in Zone 6
A man was walking home from his work in the early morning hours of October 7th when a man stopped him on N. Highland near Rosedale Drive and asked if he knew where to buy weed. At this point another man joined them with a gun and forced him to lay on the ground while the suspects went through his pockets. They took his phone, wallet and backpack and then ordered him to walk north toward Virginia Ave. He followed instructions and called police from the gas station at the intersection of N. Highland and Virginia Ave.
On October 11th a woman met some men and invited them back to her home. One of the men then threatened her with a gun, assaulted her, and stole her car and some cash. The car was recovered on the west side of the city being driven by two young women who were arrested. A pellet gun matching the description from the victim was found under the driver’s seat. The women described the man who let them take the vehicle.
Commercial Robbery None reported in Beat 601 and two reported in Zone 6
Aggravated Assault One reported in Beat 601 and five reported in Zone 6
On October 17th a domestic incident on St. Charles resulted in a woman receiving a bump on her head from a thrown object.
Residential Burglary None reported in Beat 601 and twenty-three reported in Zone 6
Commercial Burglary None reported in Beat 601 and two reported in Zone 6
Larceny From Vehicle Five reported in Beat 601 and fifty reported in Zone 6
During the period vehicles were entered on Barnett, Maryland, N. Highland, Ponce de Leon and Virginia. Items taken included a diaper bag, bags of clothing, two laptops, and identification cards and papers. Please remember that even if the bag doesn’t have anything of value inside, a criminal does not know that and will break the window to find out. In this case the doors were left unlocked on one vehicle and the others all had windows broken to gain entry.
Other Larcenies None reported in Beat 601 and forty-three reported in Zone 6
Auto Theft One reported in Beat 601 and twenty-one reported in Zone 6
On October 13th a motor scooter was stolen from the resident’s driveway on St. Charles.
Stay Safe!

Kay Stephenson

October 31, 2015

FBAC Report for October 2015

Virginia Highland Security Patrol (FBAC)

September 20, 2015 through October 24, 2015

The activity report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts
Directed Patrols:  16
Drop ins/Park and Walks:  22
Suspicious person:  7
Alarm Response:  5
Suspicious Vehicle:  4
Parking Complaints:  4
Noise Complaints:  1
Out of town Checks:  18
Abandoned Auto:  0
FBAC member Contact:  3
Lost Person:  0
Street Obstruction:  0
Wanted Persons:  1
Intoxicated Persons:  0
Found Property:  0
Criminal Trespass:  0
Info for Officers:  2
Shots Fired:  0
Calls for service (cell Phone):  5

News and Notes

FBAC Arrest Summary from Officer Cook:

At approximately 7pm on September 30, 2015, during an FBAC shift, Officer Chip Cook responded to a call from a member living on St. Charles Ave, regarding a suspicious yellow moving truck (Penske style) that had been parking on Bonaventure the last few weeks.  A young white male driver had been seen with the vehicle on several occasions and had been acting erratically.  The truck left while Officer Clark was in route to the call, but he met with the caller, and then requested on duty APD Officer Davis to come by allowing the witness to speak with the beat officer regarding the truck.  The FBAC member was asked to call back if the truck returned.
At approximately 9:30 pm, the member called and advised the truck had returned and the male was with the truck.  Officer Cook alerted radio and Officer Davis, along with Officer Kreiger who met him at the scene.  They approached the occupant of the vehicle, who was identified as Barrett Wade Ricks, a white male, who advised he was operating a transportation business with his truck and lived on Greenwood.  Officer Davis ran Ricks for wanted and discovered an outstanding warrant for Ricks, out of Cobb County, for larceny.  An inventory of the passenger compartment of the truck revealed a backpack, containing an eyeglass case, in which there was drug paraphernalia and a user amount of crystal methamphetamine. He was arrested on the possession of methamphetamine charge and has a final plea hearing date on 11/4. And he was transferred to Cobb County to face the outstanding warrant there.
Great cooperation between an FBAC member, FBAC patrol and APD to get this individual out of our neighborhood.

Pedestrian Robbery St. Charles Av from Officers Narrative:

On September 27, 2015 Officer Dagrin was dispatched to an address on ST. CHARLES AVE NE for a Pedestrian Robbery at 2:12 am. On arrival the two victims state they had been robbed at gun point at the door of the residence after walking home from the bar. The victims stated two unknown black males ran up behind them, one wearing a maroon jersey and brown shorts and said, “You Know What It Is" with one gun pointed at them. Taken was the victim’s purse containing car keys, credit debit cards and driver license. Taken from other victim was wallet, $150 cash, I-Phone 6, Infiniti remote car key, 5 cards credit, debit, and gift cards, and driver license. Victim advised seeing the two suspects get into a white sedan heading towards Ponce De Leon Ave NE as he ran after them. No witness or cameras to the incident.

Theft from Auto 730 Ponce De Leon Pl from Officers Narrative: (Arrest Made)

On 09/27/2015 Officer Hansen responded to 730 Ponce de Leon Place NE on a theft from vehicle. The victim stated that she parked the listed vehicle around 4:45 PM to attend a class at the Urban Body Studios, and returned around 6:00 PM to find that the driver's side front window had been broken out, and items taken. The vehicle was sitting in the parking lot on the north side of the building, which slopes down towards the business entrance and the Beltline. The victim advised that her backpack with her Lenovo laptop, wallet, and keys, as well as personal items, was sitting on the floorboard in front of the front passenger's seat. There is no tracking on the laptop, which the victim stated is an older model only used for school. While Officer Hanson was still on scene, the victim received a call stating that her wallet and personal items were located near the intersection of Allen Rd NE and Monroe Dr NE, across from the Ansley Mall shopping center. He spoke with this caller, who stated that the items were found around 6:45 PM. APD was not able to lift any fingerprints from the vehicle, and no witnesses came forward with any information. The owner of Urban Body Studios advised that they do have cameras in the parking lot that do work. The employee working at the time was not able to access the cameras, but the owner indicated he would make them available when he returned on 09/29/2015.
On 9/29/2015 Investigator Canup made contact with (owner of Urban Body Studios) regarding video. I recovered video from the incident which clearly shows multiple suspects pulling up in two separate vehicles, a white Chevrolet Impala and a dark colored Ford Taurus. The two vehicles back into parking spaces near each other and several males exited the vehicles. One male walked to the victim's vehicle and looked in the passenger windows. All of the males returned to their cars while other pedestrians and vehicles went through the parking lot. After the potential witnesses left the parking lot the males exited their vehicles again and started looking at more cars. A second suspect came back to the victim's yellow mini cooper and looked in the window. He then looked around and smashed the driver window with his elbow, snatched a bag, and entered the dark Ford Taurus. Both the Impala and the Taurus then left the scene together.
When Inspector Canup viewed the video the vehicles were immediately recognized from a BOLO provided by Decatur PD earlier that day. It advised of another entering auto and theft incident also on September 27th on West College Ave. in Decatur, GA, with the same vehicles. It appeared that the Impala has slight front end driver's side damage. There were pictures of both vehicles attached to the BOLO.
On 9/29/2015, when BOLO first went out, officers Jones and Laplante had taken multiple males into custody that were breaking into cars and were driving the same white Chevrolet Impala with the same listed damage. Inspector Canup advised them of the BOLO and they ended up coordinating with Decatur PD and DeKalb PD. Both agencies had cases involving the same suspects. On 10/01/2015 officers Jones and Laplante reviewed the video from Urban Body Studio. Both immediately identified the two suspects that approached the victim's yellow mini cooper as suspects they had arrested on 9/29/2015. Not only did they identify the suspects, but they were wearing some of the same clothing including hats that they were wearing when they were arrested. The two suspects identified were: Parren HILLMAN, and Jiquail GREEN.
The incident at Urban Body occurred approximately one mile from where Officer Jones and Laplante witnessed them breaking into cars on 9/29/15 indicating that they were still working the same area. Both suspects have now been arrested for multiple felonies in Fulton and DeKalb Counties including aggravated assault on a peach officer. However, it appears they are both out on bond.
This is another great example of cooperation – in this case between multiple jurisdictions – to arrest suspects who are responsible for a rash of auto break-in throughout the area.

Pedestrian Robbery 929 Highland Av from Officers Narrative:

On October 7, 2015 Officer Thompson was dispatched to a pedestrian robbery that happened at 929 N Highland Ave NE at 2:58am.  The victim was had no injuries and advised he was walking home from work (from Smith's Old Bar). As he got to the intersection in front of 929 N Highland Ave a black male (suspect 1) approached him and asked him if he knew where he could buy some weed. The victim told him no. Then a second black male (suspect 2) came walking up to him from across the street pointing a hand gun at him. Suspect 2 ordered him to the ground. The victim laid on the ground and the suspects went through his pockets taking his wallet and cell phone, then took the backpack off of his back. Suspect 2 then told the victim to get up and walk north on N Highland Ave Ne. he complied and walked North on N Highland Ave Ne and used the phone at the Standard/Chevron at 1025 N Highland Ave Ne to call police. We went back to the location of the robbery. The victim’s phone, backpack and clothing were all scattered in the street. The phone was at the robbery location. The backpack and clothing were found near 862 Rosedale Rd Ne. The wallet was found in front of 891 Rosedale Rd Ne. The following items were missing from the wallet: $13 in cash, the victim’s identification, his social security card and his birth certificate. All the other items were returned to him. He Victim described the suspects as follows. Suspect 1 was a black male with dark complexion. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie with writing on the front of it. He was around 5'8'' tall and about 150 pounds. He had a low haircut. Suspect 2 was a black male with a dark complexion. He was wearing a light colored sweater and dark jeans. He had a low haircut. He was around 6'1'' tall and 190 pounds. The handgun was a black in color large hand gun. The victim advised he thought the gun was a 9mm. He advised that he could pick out suspect 2 from a line up definitely. He advised he could not pick out suspect 1 from a line up.


All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the FBAC Phone. The phone number is (770) 310-0871 and is also on the schedule that is emailed to you monthly.

If you see someone or something suspicious please report it to the police.  When driving or out walking keep an eye out in the neighborhood, what you see and report just might prevent a crime.

Crime Statistics from Atlanta Police Department

September 20, 2015 through October 24, 2015
Part One Crime
Assault:   0
Auto Theft 1
Commercial Burglary:   1
General Larceny:   2
Homicide:   0
Rape:   0
Residential Burglary:  1
Robbery:   2
Vehicular Related Larceny:  11

Item(s) Taken
1110 Lanier Blvd
TV/Credit Cards (Victim out of town until 9/24)
Theft Fr Auto
802 N. Highland Av
785 St. Charles Av
Purse/Wallet/Cell Phone Cash
Auto Theft
712 Maiden Lane
2000 Mercedes C320
Theft Fr Auto
1034 Maryland Av
Theft Fr Auto
740 Barnett St
Diaper Bag
929 N. Highland Av
Cash/Various Id’s
Theft Fr Auto
998 N. Highland Av
Theft Fr Auto
880 Virginia Av
880 St. Charles Av
Theft Fr Auto
965 Todd Rd
Theft Fr Auto
1060 Los Angeles Av
Theft Fr Auto
1060 Los Angeles Av
Theft Fr Auto
650 Park Dr
Theft Fr Auto
797 Ponce De Leon Pl
Burglary (Commercial)
1056 N. Highland Av
Theft Fr Auto
1170 Virginia Av
License Plate
1035 N. Highland Av