June 3, 2015

FBAC Report for May 2015

FBAC Security Patrol

April 12, 2015 through May 16, 2015

The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol officers do on their shifts.

Directed Patrols: 25
Drop Ins/Park and Walks: 31
Suspicious Person: 6
Alarm Response: 2
Suspicious Vehicle: 3
Parking Complaints: 9
Noise Complaints: 2
Out of Town Checks: 12
Abandoned Auto: 0
FBAC Member Contact: 3
Lost Person: 0
Street Obstruction: 0
Wanted Persons: 1
Intoxicated Persons: 3
Found Property: 0
Crimminal Trespass: 0
Info for Officers: 4
Shots Fired: 0
Calls for Service (Cell Phone): 5

News and Notes

See below for a number of incidents involving FBAC officers. Also please check out the Virginia Highland Security Patrol website for safety tips – especially regarding the safe package deliver program http://www.fbacvahi.com/p/safe-package-deliver-program.html

Lanier Boulevard Pedestrian Robbery

On April 15, 2015 the victim was walking on Lanier Boulevard to meet a friend for dinner.  While walking, a white 4 door vehicle with three black males stopped and the passengers asked for directions to I-75/I-85. She gave them directions but they continued to ask as if confused. After a short time the back seat passenger got out of the vehicle and was holding a silver revolver with a brown or wood bottom. He did not say anything, but when the victim saw the weapon she threw her purse and began running. She ran to meet her friend then called police. Several residents on Lanier have cameras and video was provided to an investigator.


On April 17, 2015 the victim picked up a man at Home Depot (Ponce de Leon Ave) who asked for a ride to McDonald’s to pick up another friend and then to a Walmart. The two scammed the victim into withdrawing money from his Wells Fargo bank account, and then produced a gun and stole the money. The story they used to convince him was that one man was carrying a large sum of cash because he didn’t trust banks. The victim withdrew $2000 from the Wells Fargo ATM at Virginia and Todd to demonstrate that banks can be trusted. After the robbery, the men told the victim to drop them off at Ponce de Leon and Boulevard. The victim was not physically harmed.

Arrest Made in Auto Theft from N. Highland Avenue.

On April 19, 2015 a Jeep Wrangler was involved in a hit and run accident in Zone 4. The driver abandoned the vehicle at that location. This vehicle had been stolen from 898 N. Highland Avenue. After the hit and run, the vehicle was processed for fingerprints resulting in the arrest of Jarvis Mahan for theft by receiving.

Domestic Incident Arrest by FBAC Officer Skeens

On May 5, 2015 around 11:30 pm APD officers were dispatched to 1170 Briarcliff Ct. with a report of two people fighting. Officer William Skeens was working a Virginia Highland Security Patrol shift and was first on scene, He detained and handcuffed a white male who was observed throwing things and shouting profanity. According to a female and the male arrested they had been drinking heavily, began arguing, and the situation escalated. The man was arrested for Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication. He was transported to Zone 6 Dekalb County for processing. While in the precinct the man became agitated and again shouted profanity, kicking and damaging the wall. He was transported to Dekalb County Jail and charged with interfering with government property. Warrants were also taken out in Fulton County for the above mentioned charges.

Virginia Avenue Pedestrian Robbery

On May 13, 2015 the victim was walking west on Virginia Avenue. Near the intersection with Vance Ave a black Chevrolet Impala turned north on Vance cutting her off as she attempted to use the crosswalk. The victim continued walking west when a black male with dread locks ran up behind her and began choking her and attempting to grab her cell phone from her waist. He then threw her to the ground and took the phone and debit card. The victim began yelling which attracted witnesses who ran after the suspect. The suspect managed to get back to the Black Chevrolet Impala on Vance and make an escape with up to three others waiting for him inside the vehicle.

The victim suffered lacerations to her elbows and knees and injury to her neck and was treated by Grady EMTs. The victim’s debit card was used at a Chevron gas station on Donald Lee Hollowell Blvd. and police have reviewed the video and identified a man and a woman of interest.

Arrest Made in Drewry Theft from Auto

On May 12, 2015 in the afternoon police were dispatched to Drewry Street where a neighbor had seen someone inside his neighbor’s Lincoln car. When officers arrived they did not see anyone, but began searching the area. During this search they encountered an individual running and looking suspicious. Upon questioning, the suspect provided conflicting stories about what he was doing in the neighborhood. Upon further investigation it was found that he had an outstanding warrant from APD for possession of stolen items, as well as an out of state warrant for larceny from vehicle. Items that were reported missing from the vehicle by the owner were located nearby, and fingerprints were found inside the car. The suspect was arrested and transported to Fulton County Jail.

Intoxicated Person Arrest by FBAC Officer Gilstrap

On May 17, 2015 at the end of his Virginia Highland Security Patrol shift Officer Matthew Gilstrap had removed his equipment including his ballistic vest and gun belt and uniform shirt when he saw two men on the sidewalk passing back and forth what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage. He proceeded down the street in his vehicle to 992 N. Highland Avenue. He announced himself as an Atlanta Police Officer and showed the two men (later identified as Mr. Ackers and Mr. Reaves) his badge. 

After identifying the beverage as a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Officer advised them that they could not drink on the sidewalk and asked for ID. The men refused to cooperate so Officer Gilstrap called for backup and returned to his car to await additional officers. Mr. Ackers walked away but Mr. Reaves was pacing in front of the officer’s vehicle so he advised Mr. Reaves he was going to detain him. 

While placing cuffs on the man he began to struggle and pulled away. The officer took the man to the ground to gain control and while trying to secure the handcuffs, someone hit him in the head. He stood and was again hit in the head by Mr. Ackers. Someone then hit him on the side of the head with a crutch. Several men had gathered at this time and Officer Gilstrap saw that Mr. Reaves had another crutch in his hands and was holding it in a threatening manner and jabbing the tip toward him. Officer Gilstrap then drew his backup weapon and told the men to back away. Additional officers arrived shortly. Mr. Ackers and Mr. Reaves were taken into custody at approximately 3:50 am.

Upon search suspected marijuana was found on Mr. Ackers and he was also charged with Battery physical harm and obstruction of police officer felony. Mr. Reaves was cited with obstruction of a police officer felony. Officer Gilstrap was treated by Grady EMTs for his injuries.


Reminder:  All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the FBAC Phone.  The phone number is 770-310-0871. 

If you see someone or something suspicious please report it to the police.  When driving or out walking keep an eye out in the neighborhood, what you see and report just might prevent a crime.

Crime Statistics from Atlanta Police Department

April 12, 2015 through May 16, 2015

Part One Crime

Assault: 0
Auto Theft: 5
Commercial Burglary: 0
General Larceny: 2
Homicide: 0
Rape: 0
Residential Burglary: 1
Robbery: 3
Vehicular Related Larceny: 11

Auto Theft
700 Park Dr
2012 Nissan Altima
791 Virginia Av
Leaf Blower
Theft Fr Auto
1015 Amsterdam Av
Theft Fr Auto
695 Pylant St
1136 Lanier Blvd
Purse/Credit Cards/Phone/Cash
542 Park Dr
979 Virginia Av
$2000.00 Cash
Auto Theft
898 N. Highland Av
1999 Jeep Wrangler (Arrest Made)
Theft Fr Auto
818 Greenwood Av
Glock Handgun
1025 Virginia Av
Auto Theft
710 Virginia Av
2010 Audi AA4
Theft Fr Auto
1020 Maryland Av
Theft Fr Auto
1031 Lanier Blvd
Theft Fr Auto
750 Frederica St
2001 Jeep Cherokee
Auto Theft
780 St Charles Av
2009 Toyota Corolla
Auto Theft
792 St Charles Av
2007 Toyota Rav 4
Theft Fr Auto
1037 Lanier Blvd
Theft Fr Auto
1030 Los Angeles
Theft Fr Auto
1010 Drewry St
Change/Sunglasses (Arrest Made)
956 Virginia Av
Cell phones/Debit Cards
Theft Fr Auto
1030 Los Angeles Av
Theft Fr Auto
808 Greenwood Av
Glass Damage

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