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Evicted man allegedly ran rental fraud

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police are looking for Ernest Davidson, a Riverdale renter who allegedly claimed ownership of a house, took a $450 deposit from a would-be renter, smashed holes in the walls, and disappeared.

The man, who rented a home at 7636 Lakemore Drive, was evicted in August, according to police reports.

Cameron Bernard Wesley, a Fayetteville investor who owns the house, told police he rented the residence, and when he came to see if Davidson had vacated it on Oct. 5, he found the place trashed, with windows broken, and holes in the walls.

While Wesley was there, police records show, a woman came to the house planning to move in. Khadijah M. Bell, a hair stylist, said she paid Davidson half of the $900 deposit. He gave her keys and told her she could move in the next day, on Oct. 5.

Bell had seen the Riverdale rental home advertised on the online classifieds site, www.craigslist.com.

Police reported that at least one other person responded to the advertisement and had a moving truck parked on the street.

Bell was at least a little suspicious, when she paid Davidson $450. She wrote down the license plate on the car in the driveway. When she gave the license plate number to police, the vehicle was reported stolen out of Atlanta in June, according to police reports.

Davidson is wanted on charges of second-degree criminal damage and theft by deception.

Anyone with any information about the incident, is asked call the police tip line at (770) 473-5400.

Women robbed at gun point

Two women told police they were propositioned while they walked by Williamsburg South Apartments, offered marijuana, and held up at gunpoint.

Majoshi Banks, 23, and Octavia Lee, 17, were allegedly robbed of a purse, a pack of cigarettes, a cell phone and $1. According the women's statements to police, they were held up by a six-foot-tall white man, a five-foot-seven black man, and a thin, six-foot-tall black man. All three of the robbery suspects were wearing white T-shirts.

The two women were walking on Flint River Road, in Jonesboro, at about 9 p.m., Tuesday, when they were asked if they wanted to buy marijuana. They said, "No," they told police, and then walked down a path, called "the cut."

When they turned down the path, the white man stopped them and told them they should go back to his apartment, and when they turned him down, he pulled a gun.

It was reportedly a black revolver. He said, "Give it up," according to the police report, and then grabbed the 23-year-old woman's purse.

Anyone with any information about the incident, is asked call the police tip line at (770) 473-5400.