GTPD Works to Identify Armed Robbery Suspects
The Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) has released video and photos of two men in connection with a recent armed robbery in North Avenue Apartments as GTPD and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) continue to investigate the case.
The ongoing investigation has revealed that the two suspects were seen at the BP gas station on North Avenue, along with a female in their GMC Suburban vehicle, shortly before coming onto Georgia Tech’s campus to rob the victim. According to police, the suspects parked their vehicle at the gas station before walking toward campus.
The two men entered North Avenue Apartments East by tailgating behind a resident. Once in the residence hall, they went to the top floor staying close to stairways for quick exit routes.
The suspects entered an apartment suite on the seventh floor and surprised a resident who was sleeping in a room with the door open. The two men drew a gun and stole a laptop, cell phone and wallet. No one was injured.
The first suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early twenties wearing a white shirt and red basketball shorts and armed with a handgun. The other suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early twenties with short dreadlocks wearing a black hat, jeans and a black backpack.
Anyone with information related to the crime can call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
To prevent future crimes, GTPD is constantly implementing new tactics. It recently partnered with APD to provide a police vehicle that is conducting joint patrols of campus, as well as surrounding neighborhoods and commercial districts.
The 2011 Dodge Charger Enforcer II is a high-tech police cruiser that patrols campus, Home Park, Atlantic Station and Midtown. Both a GTPD officer and an APD officer participate in those patrols.
“The cooperation and involvement of the entire Georgia Tech community — combined with partnerships among public safety organizations, other universities, businesses, and the surrounding area — remain essential ingredients in creating and maintaining a safe community for everyone,” said Tech Police Chief Teresa Crocker.
“This car’s distinctive look and high visibility will ensure that students, business owners and residents alike can rest assured that the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia Tech Police Department are true partners in preventing crime,” said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. “These kinds of partnerships are at the heart of the APD’s mission statement of partnering with our community to reduce crime and improve the quality of life.”
The gray car with distinctive lettering (red for Atlanta Police and gold for Tech) will be used nightly for proactive, community policing and crime-fighting purposes.