Car thief tells victim to ?walk away or die'

By Ed Brock

A College Park man told police that a robber walked up, put a gun against his chest and demanded his car.

The victim was near his car on Riverwalk Place around 6 p.m. Sunday when a man with a gun put the gun to his chest and told him to "walk away or die," according to Clayton County police Officer M. Bailey.

The man then jumped into the victim's car and drove away.

Taxi driver robbed

A taxi driver told police that he was robbed after stopping to empty the trash in his taxi.

The driver had dropped off a fare at an apartment complex on Riverdale Road around 4:38 a.m. Sunday and stopped at a dumpster on his way out of the complex, according to Clayton County police Officer William Ibarrondo.

When the driver turned to return to his taxi a man came up, put a gun to his head and ordered him to the ground. The driver complied and the man took his $500 gold watch, his $200 cell phone and $120 in cash. The robber then took the keys to the taxi and tried to drive away, but the taxi's emergency brake was on so it didn't move.

The victim ran away but came back and saw the robber flee in a dark-colored Oldsmobile that had other passengers in it.

Public Safety is a regular feature of the News Daily. Reporter Ed Brock compiles it. To contact him, call (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or e-mail to ebrock@news-daily.com.