Midtown Mugger targets intersection

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There’s a mugger stalking the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in the heart of Midtown.

The man is responsible for at least four robberies since late October, often chatting up potential victims before using a handgun to rob them, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Southern Voice details the attacks in a story on its web site.

According to police, a well-dressed man has been approaching men walking alone in Midtown and threatening them for money. While described as “polite,” he has assaulted one victim and is armed with a handgun.

Although the victims have been men walking alone in the heart of Midtown, Lt. Stacy Gibbs of the Atlanta Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division said police do not believe the suspect is targeting gay men.

“I don’t think he’s targeting individuals for any reason,” she said. “I just think he’s in the area because there are a lot of restaurants and activity in that area, and people walking home from them.”

Business owners in the area don’t have much information about the attacks, but are being vigilant.

Although one of the robberies was reported to have taken place behind Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, owner Philip Rafshoon said he hasn’t received much official information about the suspect.

“We have not heard much about it… the police came and told us a little bit about what was going on, but they were very vague,” Rafshoon said, adding he’s warned his staff to be vigilant.

Across the street from Outwrite at the Flying Biscuit, General Manager Spencer Adair said he was warning employees to take their aprons off and leave the restaurant in groups, since servers are often robbed for the cash they carry.

“For us it’s really more an awareness thing,” Adair said.

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