ATLANTA - Atlanta Police are searching for a masked robber behind a bizarre ambush at Lenox Square Mall, who drove a motorcycle into a parking structure and held up a shopper at gunpoint for his Rolex.
"I want people to be aware, this can happen at one of the busiest malls in Atlanta," said the victim, who wanted to be identified as Rick.
The victim tells FOX 5, around 11 a.m. Tuesday, he was alone as he parked on the third floor of the parking structure by Macy's and while on the phone; he said a motorcyclist sped in front of him and knocked him on his back.
"He showed me that he had a gun. It looked like it was a Glock... [He] asked me for my watch," he said, and tells FOX 5, he tried to take a picture of the robber with his cell phone; the robber then threatened him again with a gun.
Rick said, after the robber fled and Atlanta Police arrived, he was upset by what police discovered next: the police report stated that the officer "made contact with Lenox Mall Security and at this time there is no good video surveillance."
"They need more security-- and more security cameras," he said.
Police have not said whether they believe this robber could be connected to any other incidents.
Lenox Square Mall Management released this statement, regarding the victim's concerns:
Lenox Square management and security are working closely with the Atlanta Police Department regarding an incident that took place earlier this week. As this is an continuing investigation, we ask that all further inquiries be directed to the Atlanta Police Department at 404-614-6544.
Lenox Square is committed to providing a safe, quality-shopping environment and takes several proactive security measures, including maintaining a 24-hour security patrol of our mall, parking garages and surrounding parking lots, and provides shoppers and employees with security escorts to their vehicles upon request.
Lenox Square has a close working relationship with the Atlanta Police Department and thanks to the collaborative relationship, the APD has an onsite substation located at Lenox Square, enhancing safety for the property, surrounding businesses and community members. Lenox Square works with the APD, off-duty police officers and additional professional security contractors to provide dedicated security patrols at all times – 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Additionally, through the Atlanta Operation Shield, Lenox Square provides CCTV video surveillance footage of the property to the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Video Integration Center (VIC) to proactively ensure a safe and secure shopping environment.