September 20, 2014
Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813
Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813
Athens-Clarke County Police (706) 546-5900
On September 20, 2014 at approximately 1:23 a.m. an individual reported to the Athens Clarke County and University of Georgia Police Departments that he had been robbed while standing on the sidewalk at the intersection of Thomas Street and Mitchell Street. The victim reported that he encountered a group of five or six black males that asked him for a cigarette. As he began to walk away after the encounter, the victim was struck several times in the face and robbed of his cell phone. The victim was able to provide a description of three of the perpetrators. One suspect was described as a black male about 6` tall wearing a red hoodie and dark pants. The second suspect was described as a black male about 6` tall with jaw length dreads wearing a black shirt and dark pants. The third suspect was described as a chubby black male about 6` tall and 200-220 lbs. wearing a dark shirt and light blue jeans.
This incident is similar to other robberies recently reported to the Athens Clarke County Police Department in which individuals who are sitting or walking alone in secluded or dark areas are approached by a group of individuals who ask for a cigarette or engage the individual in other conversation and ultimately assault and rob the victim.
The following personal safety strategies are recommended for anyone, regardless of when and where they may travel in the area:
– Always travel in groups when possible
– Always be aware of your surroundings
– Always travel in well-lit areas when possible
– Never display cash or other valuables in public
– If consuming alcohol, consume responsibly and moderately
– Report suspicious activity or individuals to law enforcement immediately
If you have been the victim of a crime or have information about the incidents described here or any criminal incidents that may or may not have been reported to law enforcement, you are encouraged to contact the Athens-Clarke County or University of Georgia Police Department as soon as possible.