Man police call 'menace' is back in jail

- A man considered a dangerous predator is off the streets and many in communities across the metro Atlanta area are resting a little easier. Robert McKenzie is in the DeKalb County Jail facing an aggravated battery charge.

Atlanta Police said McKenzie has been arrested numerous time in the past few years. Incident reports show McKenzie accused of harassing women, acting in a violent manner by swinging sticks at cars, and showing an aggressive manner toward women at Freedom Park.

"Mr. McKenzie has been a menace to our society," said Atlanta Police Officer Stephanie Brown.

Ivey Claire Eldridge said she saw McKenzie violently kick over a sign at a business and scare some women just down the street from her Inman Park home. He was ranting and raving and yelling profanities.

"I immediately called 911 because it was a Sunday afternoon and there were a lot of children and families around and I thought they needed to know where he was," said Eldridge.

McKenzie is listed on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Sex Offender Registry as a "Sexually Dangerous Predator". Eldridge said neighbors watch out for each other and spread the word on social media if they have an uncomfortable encounter with him. Police said that's the right thing to do.

"It does help us we always have the "see something, say something" method, if there's something going on in your community make sure you let people know, make sure you let us know," said Officer Brown.

McKenzie was just picked up by police and is in jail facing an aggravated battery charge in Clarkston. He's accused of throwing a jacket at a cyclist, causing the cyclist to fall, and get injured.

Eldridge said she feels more at ease knowing he's in jail, but knows he'll eventually get out.

"I have no doubt it's a matter of time and I'm going to see him walking down the sidewalk again and I'm going to keep doing what I do and if I see him doing something inappropriate, I'm going to call 911," said Eldridge.

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