Six pedestrian armed robberies in less than two hours throughout Atlanta
ATLANTA, Ga. - More than half a dozen people across Atlanta are robbed at gunpoint in less than two hours. Atlanta Police said two of the four people behind those crimes are still on the run.
“Somebody jumps out, I have a gun pointed at me at that point,” said one of the victims, Brian Berblinger.
Berblinger was walking home from the Atlantic Station LA Fitness at around 6:30 Tuesday morning when he said one of the crooks pointed a gun at him.
“Give me everything you got and I told him, I put up my hands and I said I do not have anything, then he saw the watch on my arm, he said give me your watch," said Berblinger.
Berblinger, who served in the Marine Corps and the National Guard said his military training kicked in and he said no.
“Pointed the gun at the ground, attempted to fire, the weapon misfired, it didn’t go off, ” said Berblinger.
Atlanta Police said the crooks took off in a stolen Hyundai Sonata.
Investigators said the crime spree started just before 6 a.m. at 80 Peachtree Street and the crooks made their way across the city, committing their last armed robbery at Adair Avenue and Barnett Street at 7:30 a.m. A few hours later Atlanta Police spotted the stolen vehicle.
“Once the officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle, the suspects attempted to flee and the officer caught up to the vehicle,” said Officer Donald Hannah with Atlanta Police. “The vehicle was blocked in at a dead end, attempted to back into the officer’s vehicle.”
Atlanta Police said they arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. The other two suspects took off on foot.
Berblinger said what shocked him the most about this crime is how young the robbers are.
“They looked so little, they were easily, six inches, seven inches shorter than I was, so it very much surprised me that at that young age that they had kind of gone to that level,” said Berblinger.
Atlanta Police said all the victims in the armed robberies were not hurt.
Investigators ask anyone with information to contact the Atlanta Police Department or Crime Stoppers. There is up to a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.