Man robbed after Blake’s stop helps catch perp

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When will the felons learn? Trying to pick off the gays after they leave Blake's tends not to go so well. For the criminals. Just ask Cornelius Wallace.

The 46-year-old man and a criminal cohort spent an evening earlier this month hanging out a few doors down from the gay Midtown mainstay. Wallace was dressed in a t-shirt and gym shorts with boozy breath, allegedly armed with a knife and ready to pounce on party-goers enjoying their nightlife.

When 31-year-old Hassan Kounta ended his night out just shy of midnight, he left Blake's and headed to the MARTA station a few blocks away. He didn't make it far before encountering Wallace and a second man. At first, things didn't go well for Kounta when he declined Wallace's request for a cigarette.

Here's the blow-by-blow detailed in a July 8 incident report from the Atlanta Police Department:

The victim stated that was when the accused shoved him real hard and pulled out a knife. The victim stated that the accused told him, “Give me your money” and began to point the knife at him. The victim stated that he was fearful for his life and “froze.”

Kounta had a $20 bill in his shirt pocket and Kounta allegedly snatched it. Though the pair wasn't quite done.

The victim then stated that the other male … then told the victim that he wanted the shirt he was holding and took it.

Then, as quickly as the robbery started, it was over as Wallace and his companion fled on 10th Street toward Piedmont Park. But not before Wallace allegedly handed the knife and money to his accomplice.

That's when things started not going so well for Wallace. When Atlanta police arrived, an officer picked up Kounta and drove him along 10th Street near the park in an effort to spot the assailants. It worked.

As we traveled westbound on 10th Street towards Piedmont Ave, the accused stated to me “Hey that's him!” and pointed to a black male wearing a white t-shirt and blue gym shorts. … “That's the man who had the knife!”

When questioned by Officer T. Summey, Wallace denied robbing anyone and offered an alternative theory of the crime that centered around throwing his accomplice under the bus.

The accused did state the he saw the victim fighting with a Middle Eastern male at the incident location and that he was standing near them during the incident but he never pulled a knife [on] the victim.

Then, smelling of alcohol and with blood shot eyes, he lawyered up. Police couldn't find his accomplice but Wallace remains in the Fulton County jail, unable to post a $50,000 bond.

Score one for the victims. Like that time when two gay men were robbed at gun point after a stop at Blake's, only to chase down their assailants.


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