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Man carjacked at train crossing

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A 34-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint while stopped for a passing train, police said.

Vicente Garcia, a car mechanic from Forest Park, was driving his 1998 Chevrolet Metro with the windows rolled down on Monday afternoon. He stopped for a train on Old Dixie Highway, and as "the train cleared the tracks," a man and a woman came up to his car, wielding knives and demanding money, according to a police report.

The woman allegedly approached the driver's side window, with a pocket knife drawn. She reached in, the report said, and put the car in park. A man allegedly approached the passenger's side of the car at the same time, got in, wrapped his right arm around Garcia's neck and put a knife to his throat, Rivera reported.

"The male suspect then told the victim: 'Gimme the money! Gimme the money! I'll kill you, if you don't gimme the money!'" according to Garcia's statements to police.

The 34-year-old lost an $800 cashier's check, $70 in cash and a Mexican ID.

The man and the woman drove away in Garcia's car.

Anyone with information about the stick-up is asked to call police at (770) 473-5400.

Boy downs in apartment pool

A 7-year-old boy drowned in the Regal Pointe Apartments pool in Morrow Tuesday.

He was swimming with his siblings and cousins -- ages 1, 3 and 3. He was being watched by his grandfather, 42-year-old Aaron Brock, at about 4:30 p.m., according to a police report written by Clayton County Police Officer Anthony Thomas.

One of the 3-year-olds appeared cold, Brock told police, and the man got the three younger children out of the pool and was getting them dressed. The 7-year-old, who "could tread water but could not swim," stayed in the pool and continued to play.

When Brock heard a woman say there was someone "under the water," he "knew immediately," and ran and jumped in the pool, according to Thomas' report. Brock was doing CPR when paramedics arrived.

The 7-year-old was pronounced dead at Southern Regional Medical Center at 7:22 p.m. The boy's body was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy, but police did not expect to file any criminal charges.

Teens charged with auto break-ins

Three teens were arrested on charges of breaking into a series of cars at Riverdale area apartments.

The teens allegedly broke into a silver-colored Chevy Suburban, a green Honda Accord, a burgundy Infinity, and a green Mitsubishi Eclipse Tuesday afternoon, according to a Clayton County police report, written by officers Tim Garrett and Bret Bell.

One teen was arrested while allegedly carrying a yellow-and-black, flathead screwdriver in his pocket.

One was arrested while allegedly driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo away from the scene, with three car stereos, two small televisions, and "numerous screwdrivers and pliers." He reportedly told police he was leaving his girlfriend's apartment.

The third teen was arrested while running down the street in his socks. He was "breathing heavy and appeared very nervous," according to the police report.

"I stopped [him] and asked where he was coming from," wrote the investigating officer in his report. "He stated, a friend's. I asked where he was going and he could not advise."

The trio reportedly broke into vehicles at Alexander Falls Apartments, 950 Lake Ridge Parkway, and Garden Lake Apartments, 1000 Lake Ridge Parkway.

Two of the suspects allegedly confessed to police.

The three were charged with entering autos, loitering and possession of tools in commission of a crime.