iPhone tracking device aids in arrests of Midtown armed robbery suspects

Three men allegedly involved in early Wednesday morning Piedmont Heights pedestrian robbery arrested after being stopped in south Midtown.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, a trio of men were arrested early Wednesday morning following an alleged Midtown pedestrian robbery. Among the items stolen was an iPhone that had a tracking device that help authorities apprehend the suspects.

APD spokesperson Kim Jones that at approximately 12:30 a. m., Zone 2 units were dispatched to a pedestrian robbery at 594 Wimbledon Avenue in Piedmont Heights. When officers arrived, they spoke with a female victim, who stated that a black male wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt had pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded her belongings.

The victim, who gave the suspect her purse and iPhone, gave police a description of the suspect, as well as the vehicle he left in as being an older model grey Jeep Cherokee. One officer then stayed with the victim as another officer began to track the iPhone. 

That officer soon came across the vehicle in question near the intersection of Peachtree Street and North Avenue. After a traffic stop was made, a locate signal was sent to the phone, which reportedly started making noise and was located on one of the passengers.

The victim was then transported to the scene and identified the subject, Carlos Johnson, 37, as the man who had robbed her. A subsequent vehicle search produced a silver handgun and the victim’s credit card.

Johnson, a convicted felon currently on probation, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a felony.

Also charged with armed robbery were the other two suspects in the vehicle, Kelvin Gaston and Clifton Kilpatrick, both aged 23. All three were transported to the Fulton County Jail.

Tony Bell November 18, 2012 at 09:20 PM
You are assuming that ALL black men are criminals. I can assure you that is not the case. And if ALL of the black males you know are criminals, then you need to hang with a different crowd.
Tony Bell November 18, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The biggest issue I have with this whole series of comments is that all of you seem to have turned this into a black/white issue. In this particular case a crime against a white person was committed by one or more black people. That is this particular instance. By the way you are all carrying on, one would assume that no crimes are ever perpetrated by white people. I can assure you that this is not the case. It may be that the crimes are not reported equally, or punished equally, but they are committed equally. There are just as many white criminals as black criminals. This can easily be supported by comparing police blotters to news coverage. Police reports will give you a more accurate picture of what crime looks like, while the media will give unequal and often, biased coverage.
Ms. November 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I really don't know the statistics of black vs. white criminals in Atlanta. But I will say that blacks are as much targets here as whites. A black guy I worked with was robbed by 3 armed men (black) in broad daylight in Midtown a couple of weeks ago. The whole damn city is under siege from these worthless thugs, if you look like you might have a single dollar bill, or earn an honest living, they will attack like a pack of wolves if given the opportunity. Had the gun off, this lady would be dead. That's compelling enough for me to say that they need to be locked up for a long time. These jerks were willing to possibly take a human life, not mention destroy their own families, OVER A CELL PHONE. I mean, a freaking cell phone. Unbelievable. No value for any life, not this woman's, not their own, not their very own families lives, no one.
Ms. November 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I'm sorry about what you're going through. But you're really mad at the wrong people. If you're angry, be angry at your brother for making a foolish decision that will negatively impact your whole family and his future. This lady could have died, they could have robbed someone who had a weapon, the driver could have pulled his gun on the cop, any number of things could have happened that could have gotten these men killed, or resulted in a homicide which would have meant a life sentence for them all. This could have ended differently. But at the end of the day, saying your brother was clueless about this, isn't believable at all.
Brett December 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Tony - you could not be more incorrect. Check statistics before lecturing next time.


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