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Seven Robbed At North Highland Pub

Patrons robbed at gunpoint; gunmen remain at large.

Atlanta police are looking for a pair of gunman who robbed seven people at the in Inman Park late Monday.

The victims said the two men entered the bar at 469 No. Highland Ave. NE at about 11:30 p.m., pointed a gun at everyone inside and ordered the victims to place all of their valuables on the bar.

They ordered the bartender on duty to empty the drawer and they fled south on North Highland Avenue on foot with the night's receipts and the victims' valuables.

11Alive News reported they thieves left with about $400 cash, a laptop and several mobile phones.

No one was injured.

Victims' description of the suspects:

  • The first is black, about 30 years old and a thin build. He wore a do-rag (usually a cut-up stocking) and a winter-like cap with earflaps. He was armed with a black and silver handgun.
  • The second robber, also black, is possibly in his late 20s, short with a thin build and had a goatee.

Surveillance cameras in the bar were not working at the time.

Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

Channel 2 Action News reported the Highland Pub's owner is offering a $5,000 cash reward.

This robbery comes amidst a sharp spike in crimes that have hit the neighborhoods patrolled by the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 6.

The zone includes Inman Park, Candler Park, East Atlanta, Kirkwood, East Lake and Ormewood Park, Poncey-Highland and Virginia-Highland.

In recent weeks, there have been carjackings in Reynoldstown, armed robberies in , , and .

There was the at the Trestletree Village Apartments in Ormewood Park and three attempted kidnappings in and .

Aggravated assaults are up citywide with 1,144 reported through June 9. That's an increase of 7.02 percent over last year's comparable period, Atlanta Police Department stats show.

But the three APD zones that cover East Atlanta Patch neighborhoods exceed the citywide average for that same period:

  • Zone 3 (includes Summerhill, Peoplestown, Chosewood Park): 304 incidents, up 7.04 percent
  • (includes Downtown, Georgia State University area): 102 incidents, up 24.39 percent
  • (includes East Atlanta, Candler Park, Ormewood Park, Kirkwood, Old Fourth Ward, Grant Park and Virginia-Highland ): 128 incidents, up 26.73 percent
@UrethraFranklyn June 29, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Gentrification is cleaning up the area slowly but it will take a while to get all the criminals out. Common sense, alarm system, and dogs (real actual dogs, not toy / yipper dogs) will prevent 95% of burglaries / home invasions. For the remaining 5%, I recommend 12-gauge steel shot--that will ensure the degenerate does not strike again.
Péralte Paul July 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Police have released sketches of the suspects: http://patch.com/A-vLd1
nicole patterson July 06, 2012 at 03:57 PM
gentrification has "cleaned up" the neighborhood? i suggest that it has contributed to the increase in crime by displacing families as well as leaving behind poor kids who see the extreme discrepancies in income. and guess what people: you moved to the inner city where crime is usually higher. now you complain that there is crime in "your" neighborhood, and the answer is to get a gun? so much of what i am reading sounds so racist. i live in candler park and am also very concerned with the increase in crime. i also think that bored teenagers of weak parenting who don't seem to care are committing many neighborhood crimes. i have teenagers and it has been sad to see so many kids go from mary lin to inman to crime, alcohol, and drugs. my final thought is that i think that showing our neighborhoods on television has contributed to the increase in traffic and crime. just my rambling two cents.
Lala August 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
lets not blame gentrification on crime. Gentrification is good for many neighborhoods specially if the newcomers are active with youth. Volunteer to coach, tutor etc... Children who see discrepancies in income should also be able to see that they too can achieve a better quality of life. Moving to the "inner city" isnt an excuse to accept more crime. that is totally ridiculous! but if you move into a neighborhood that is changing around, make yourself part of that change. i live in Ormewood Park, I want to live here and i wont accept crime in my neighborhood. I think people are afraid of correcting bad behavior, i come from the thinking that as a community you must. On our street we have seen teens try to ruin flower beds and fences, what did my husband do? he yelled at them told them it was wrong and if he ever saw them doing that to a neighbor's home again or his home he would not just call the police but "take matters into his own hands" (what ever that was). What did my neighbors do? they called him and told him to be careful that teens may be gang members and just to go back inside his home. Would they have defended him? probably not. This is not a community mentality. We need to be more involved and get out and about, some people live like they are shut ins. Our church in Grant Park has a youth program, it has a focus on the issues of gentrification and on changing communities, maybe this is something to expand into other neighborhoods.
Tea August 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I prefer the strategy of less guns, not more guns. If you own a gun you are statistically more likely to be involved in a violent episode. Much as you like to think you are stroking your inner Rambo, what you are actually doing is making us all statistically less safe.

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