A gay Atlanta man was robbed at gunpoint outside his Midtown apartment on Wednesday, forced to the ground as two men took his belongings and returned later to steal his vehicle.
The robbers approached Matthew Jones as he stood just feet away from the front door to his apartment on 8th Street, according to WSB, which first reported the incident on Thursday.
“It is something that is getting worse,” Jones tells WSB. “Watch out Midtown, it's getting dangerous out there.”
An incident report from Atlanta police was not yet available on Thursday evening, but a spokesperson tells Project Q Atlanta the two robbers – described by Ryan as two clean-cut, black teen males – robbed Jones of his iPhone 6, wallet, credit cards and keys.
Jones ran to the apartment of a neighbor and asked him to call 9-1-1. The robbers returned after the first robbery about 9:30 p.m., this time with the car keys they stole from Jones, and stole his vehicle.
Police tell WSB they are arresting suspects – nine last week alone – as quickly as the robberies are happening. In addition to the robbery of Jones and his neighbor, police have recorded six other armed robberies in Midtown since June 21, WSB reports.
In addition to those robberies, Mamdouh Shawky and Cory Fain were robbed and pistol-whipped in Midtown on June 9. The gay men were walking from Caribou Coffee on Piedmont Avenue to the Eagle.
Police say they are increasing late-night and early morning patrols in the area.
“You just gotta watch out and be aware of your surroundings,” Jones tells WSB.