Decatur Police Make Arrests in Recent Homicide; Investigation Ongoing

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Update from Decatur Police…

The Decatur Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have announced the arrest of two suspects wanted for the July 6, 2016 murder of Gerard Foster. Jacob Marquez Pyne was arrested by the Knoxville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Saturday at a residence in Knoxville. Christonya Section was arrested by the MARTA Police Department on Sunday. The investigation into this incident is continuing.

Decatur Police Seek Suspects in Gerard Foster Murder

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Decatur Police send along this announcement…

The Decatur Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have identified two individuals in connection with the murder of Gerard Foster on July 6, 2016. Arrest warrants for both individuals for the offense of murder have been issued. Police are asking anyone who has information concerning the location of these two wanted suspects to contact the Decatur Police Department at 404 373-6551 or Crime Stoppers at 404/577-TIPS.

Decatur Police Alert: Man Shot and Killed at Allen Wilson Apartments

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Decatur Police sent around these two alerts yesterday…

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at approximately 8:03 am, Decatur Police responded to a report of a gun shot in the 200 block of Robin Street.  Officers arrived and found an adult male in the stairwell of one of the apartment buildings with an apparent gunshot wound.  The male was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Decatur Police investigators as well as GBI crime scene investigators are on scene.  The identity of the victim is not being released at this time as we are working to notify his family.  If you have any information about this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 404/577-TIPS or the Decatur Police Department at 404/373-6551.

The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Gerard Foster of Decatur.  Investigators are following up on potential leads.  Additional details are not being released at this time.

Decatur Police Alert: Carjacking in Kroger Parking Lot Monday Night

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From Decatur PD just sent out this alert…

On Monday, June 6, 2016 at approximately 10:26 pm, Decatur Police responded to the Kroger parking lot at 720 Commerce Drive in reference to a hijacking of a motor vehicle.  The victim stated she exited the store and walked to her vehicle and initially went to her trunk.  She observed two males walking towards her on the sidewalk along Commerce Drive but did not think much of it.  She walked to the driver’s side of her vehicle and the two males came up behind her.  Suspect #1 displayed a black handgun and put it to the left side of her head and told her not to draw attention to herself.  Suspect #1 grabbed her keys with an attached cardholder from her and entered the driver’s door.  Suspect #2  entered the front passenger door.  The suspects fled westbound on Commerce Drive in the victim’s vehicle, a 2008 Honda Accord.  A witness reported seeing the suspects walking on the sidewalk along Commerce Drive toward Kroger just prior to the incident. The suspects were described as follows:

Suspect #1: black male, approximately 16-17 years old, approximately 5’7, dark complexion, wearing a maroon hoodie with white trim and dark pants or shorts armed with a black handgun

Suspect #2: black male, approximately 16-17 years old, approximately 5’7, dark complexion, wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants or shorts

The vehicle was found abandoned in southwest Atlanta the following morning.

Police Alert: Armed Robbery Reported at West Pharr Road Home

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From Lt. Jennifer Ross…

On Saturday, January 9, 2016 at approximately 10:05 pm, Decatur Police responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of West Pharr Road.  Officers arrived and located the victim of an armed robbery who reported he exited his relative’s house and encountered suspect #1 standing on the porch pointing a semi-automatic handgun and demanding his keys.  The victim was slow to respond and suspect #1 fired once into the air.  The victim threw his keys and suspect #2 appeared and took the keys.  The victim initially stepped back into the house and observed the suspects enter and attempt to start his vehicle but they were unsuccessful due to a secondary anti-theft mechanism.  The suspects fled and the victim exited the house and ran into the yard.  Suspect #1 turned around and fired one shot toward the victim.  The shot missed the victim and struck the house.  The suspects fled south on Daniel Avenue on foot.  The suspects were described as follows:

Suspect #1: Black male, approximately 30-years-old, approximately 6’00, medium build, medium complexion, wearing dark clothing and a dark skull cap.

Suspect #2: Black male, mid-late 20’s, shorter and stockier build than suspect #1, dark complexion, wearing dark clothing and a dark skull cap.

Be Alert: Multiple Car Break-Ins Reported On Decatur Northside Over Past Week

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From Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross…

On Friday, December 18, 2015, Decatur Police responded to reports of eight vehicles entered during the previous night.  Five vehicles were entered in the 600-700 block of Clairemont Avenue and three vehicles were entered in the 300 block of Lamont Drive.  Some of the vehicles were unsecured and some were believed to have been left secured but there were no signs of forced entry.  Sunglasses, loose change/currency, a laptop and cell phone were reported stolen.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Decatur Police responded to reports of four vehicles entered during the previous night.  Three vehicles were entered in the 400 block of Oakland Street and loose change was stolen.  One vehicle was entered in the 200 block of Wilton Drive and a child’s bicycle was stolen.  The vehicles were in driveways/carports and unsecured.  An additional vehicle was stolen from a driveway in the 500 block of Ponce de Leon Place between the morning of 12/14/2015 and 12/15/2015 and subsequently found abandoned by the Atlanta Police Department around the time the owner reported it stolen.

What can you do?

  • Double check that you lock your vehicles each time.

  • Remove valuables from your vehicles and store anything you decide to leave in your vehicle out of view.

  • Call police immediately if you observe someone looking into/entering vehicles and provide a detailed description of the person and which direction they are traveling.

  • Do not disregard unusual noises such as dogs barking, car alarms, glass breaking and car doors opening/shutting in the middle of the night.  Discreetly look out a window to see if you observe anyone on your or a neighbor’s property and if so, call police immediately.

Be Alert: Emory Students Robbed At Gun Point in Separate Incidents This Week

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Be careful out there everyone.  We’ve received details from both Emory and Decatur Police.  First from Emory…

Emory has received reports from the DeKalb County and Decatur Police Departments of pedestrian robberies that occurred in area neighborhoods in the late evening hours on 11-23-15 and 11-24-15.

In both incidents, a female Emory student was walking alone when approached by an occupant from a nearby stopped vehicle.  A male exited the vehicle, pointed a shotgun or rifle at the victim, demanded personal items (cell phone, purse), and then fled the area.  Neither victim was injured.  What follows are details about the reported robberies:

1)     On 11-23-15 at approximately 9:00 pm, a pedestrian robbery was reported to have occurred inside the complex, located on Clairmont Rd.  The vehicle involved was described as an older sedan (possibly burgundy) and the person with the shotgun was described as a male, approximately 5’8, slim build, wearing a dark colored jacket, and identified by the victim as black.  Two or more other occupants were in the vehicle.

2)     On 11-24-25 at approximately 10:15 pm, a similar incident was reported to have occurred at the intersection of N. Decatur Road and Willivee Drive.  The vehicle involved was described as a silver sedan and the person with the shotgun or rifle was described as a male between 5’8 and 5’11, medium build, short haircut, and identified by the victim as black.

Because these two similar armed robberies took place within a short time period near the Emory campus, we want to make you aware of them so you can consider appropriate safety precautions.   Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850 or the City of Decatur Police Department at 404-373-6551.

Risk Reduction Tips:

  • Stay alert, trust your instincts, and be aware of your surroundings.
  • If something or someone makes you uneasy, move toward a place where there are other people.
  • Walk in a group, or at least with one other person, whenever possible.
  • Use well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • Use the safety escort services.
  • Do not leave valuables (cell phones, laptops, etc.) unattended or exposed to public view.
  • Program emergency numbers in your cell phone.
  • Report suspicious behavior to the police immediately.

Call the appropriate number below if you ever feel that your safety or that of others is compromised,to report information about a crime under investigation, or to access resources available for survivors of sexual assault.

Secondly from Decatur Police…

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