Crime

Robber escapes after holding up Applebee’s manager

Robber escapes after holding up Applebee’s manager

The manager of the Applebee’s restaurant in Fayetteville was unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning before opening time.

Det. Mike Whitlow said the Applebee’s manager was the only person in the restaurant when the robbery occurred. The manager opened the store’s rear door used by employees at 8:15 a.m. after the door’s buzzer sounded, Whitlow said.

“He opened the door and two black males barged in,” Whitlow said. “One of them was armed with a silver handgun.” Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Nov. 19–Nov. 25

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, Nov. 19 - Monday, Nov. 25

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Jarius E. Allen, born in 1993, of Hidden Brook Court, College Park, for shoplifting.

Wesley T. Haley, born in 1988, of Fairway Court, Riverdale, for failure to maintain lane and driving without valid license. Read More»

3 robbers thwarted when man says, ‘No,’ walks off, flags down cop

3 robbers thwarted when man says, ‘No,’ walks off, flags down cop

An attempted armed robbery Sunday night at the Fayette Pavilion by teenagers from Riverdale did not go the way they planned.

The man they approached at gunpoint said, “No,” refused to give up his vehicle and walked back toward the Kohl’s department store.

The flummoxed would-be robbers were caught a short time later after a Fayetteville cop patrolling the Pavilion alerted other officers. Read More»

Sheriff sacks ‘Pillowcase Bandit’

Terry Anderson (L) and Randall Hill in mug shots provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

A Forest Park serial burglar suspected in eight burglaries in Fayette County and dubbed the “Pillowcase Bandit” was arrested Nov. 18 along with his “fence” who received a portion Read More»

Appeals Court: Fayette judge wrong to preside over 4 trials involving his lawyer lover

Then-Chief Judge Paschal English in Fayette Superior Court. Photo/John Munford.

DA Ballard will appeal to Ga. Supreme Court, perhaps U.S. Supreme Court

Five defendants convicted of serious crimes in Fayette County deserve new trials because the presiding judge should have recused himself due to an extramarital affair he had with their defense attorney, the Georgia Court of Appeals has determined.

Fayette County’s district attorney strongly disagreed with the appeal court’s finding and vowed to appeal the ruling. Read More»

Victim reports ‘bank’ phone scam

There seems to be an endless number of scams designed to take a person’s money. Yet another scam, this time using a cell phone alert, has the caller pretending to be a bank notifying a customer that the credit card account has been frozen.

A Peachtree City woman last week contacted The Citizen to report that she received an alert on her cell phone notifying her that her Bank of America credit card account had been frozen. The message recommended that she call the number provided in the alert to take care of the problem. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Nov. 5–11

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Monday, Nov. 11

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Alejandro F. Lopez, born in 1989, of Hill Pine Trail, Hampton, for probation/parole violation.
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Fayetteville cops searching for gunman who robbed CVS Friday

Fayetteville police released this photo of the suspected gunman who held up the CVS on north Glynn Street Friday morning. Anyone who knows this man is asked to call police at 770-461-4441.

Police: Assailant struck employee in head with gun

Fayetteville Police are looking for a gunman who robbed the CVS on north Glynn Street around 7:35 Friday morning, officials said.

The assailant, who got away on foot, was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, wearing jeans, a white sock hat and canvas tennis shoes, according to police Det. Mike Whitlow. He struck an employee in the head with a black handgun and demanded cash from the store safe, police said. The employee was treated at the scene by paramedics. Read More»

F’ville burglary suspect faces new charges

The 39-year-old Fayetteville resident charged two weeks ago with burglary and prowling is now facing new charges of theft and the potential for additional charges relating to other thefts in Fayetteville.

Nakia Johnson was previously arrested on burglary and prowling charges after a woman at a Rabbit’s Run residence awakened to find Johnson in her room, said Det. Mike Whitlow. The street is off North Jeff Davis Drive.

The woman was able to convince Johnson to leave her home, Whitlow said, adding that the woman’s parents were also in the home when Johnson entered the residence. Read More»

Sexting gets 2 Flat Rock Middle students arrested

Two Flat Rock Middle School students on Nov. 18 were charged in an incident involving sexting. Read More»