ATLANTA - Terrifying moments inside an elevator for Atlantic Station residents after police said two men, one armed with a shotgun, robbed one of the residents.
“I just started pressing the elevator to the lobby, screaming Oh my God we have to call the police,” said Dr. Joy, one of the residents on the elevator. Dr. Joy asked FOX 5 News not to use her full name or show her face on camera.
Atlanta police said Dr. Joy, her boyfriend, and another man were inside the elevator of The Atlantic Thursday just after 10 p.m. Investigators said just as the elevator was about to close a man stuck his arm in, jamming the elevator. Dr. Joy thought it was just another resident trying to get on, but it got ugly quickly.
“All of a sudden he like grabs the bag, but the guy grabs the bag back, like ‘What are y’all doing’ and that's when the shotgun comes into the elevator,” said Dr. Joy.
Atlanta police said the second man with a long barrel shotgun pointed the gun at a man with a gray and black bag.
“Once one of the suspects entered into the elevator he said, ‘there is the bag, that’s it right there’,” said Officer Stephanie Brown with the Atlanta Police Department. “Then the victim ended up dropping the bag and his cell phone, the suspects grabbed the bag and fled on foot.”
According to a letter to residents from The Atlantic, it is believed “the two assailant’s piggybacked behind another vehicle at the 16th Street entry gate.” That is concerning to both police and Dr. Joy who said she needs a transponder to get into the parking garage and a fob to get onto the elevator.
“I hate that I have to live like that,” said Dr. Joy. “I made it through the military and survived and then you come home and almost die.”
According to the Atlanta Police report, there is a video of the incident. Officers told FOX 5’s Nathalie Pozo that detectives are working to obtain the possible footage.
Dr. Joy said she purchased a gun since the frightening incident and is target practicing at a local shooting range, adding that she is grateful this was not worse.
“There are a million scenarios that play through your head that could have happened and you are very grateful you are alive and nobody died,” said Dr. Joy.