By Daniel Silliman
Clayton County police attribute back-to-back, food-related muggings to a trio in a Dodge Durango.
Police are looking for the three men seen in a dirty, white SUV, alleging that they are responsible for holding three people at gunpoint on Monday night, a few minutes and a few blocks apart. The men are facing charges of armed robbery, and are accused of forcibly taking beer, sausage, a brown purse, a black wallet, two pizzas, a gas card, a bank card and $10.
According to police reports, the trio first held up Nikitta Goodman and Louis Petion as they walked up Kendrick Road, across from a BP gas station in Jonesboro, at about 11:15 p.m., Monday.
Goodman had a brown, Coach purse on her left shoulder, she told police, and Petion was carrying a plastic bag with beer and sausage, in his right hand. A white, Dodge Durango stopped, they said. The headlights turned off and two men got out, both with handguns.
Goodman told police the one man had a long, silver-colored handgun and he told her "I don't want no problem. Just give me the purse," according to the police report. Petion told police the other man, the taller one, had a long, black handgun, and he said, "Just give me the bag."
According to police, the one suspect was described as a black male, about five-foot-nine, weighing 170 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a white, hooded sweat shirt that covered his face. The other suspect was reportedly six-foot-one, weighing about 190 pounds. He was judged to be of medium build and was wearing a dark jacket, dark pants and a black mask.
Neither witness could give police a decent description of the driver.
About five minutes later, according to police estimations, three men in a white SUV held up a pizza delivery driver.
At Magnolia Circle at 11:20 p.m., Willie J. Jackson, a Luthersville man, was sitting outside a locked gate at Tara Bridge Apartments, trying to deliver a pizza for Papa John's.
Jackson had two pizzas, worth about $20, in his warming bag, and was waiting for the person who ordered the food to come to the apartment gate and open it. Jackson told police three men in a white SUV pulled in front of him. A man in a black mask, with a long, black revolver got out and held him up. The man allegedly asked for Jackson's wallet and the pizza, according to police reports.
Jackson said he also lost his gas card, several bank cards, $10 and his driver's license, in addition to the two pizzas.
The suspect was described as a black male, a little under six feet tall, a thin man weighing, maybe, 120 or 130. Jackson reportedly told police there were two others in the SUV, but he couldn't see them well.
The trio was last seen heading toward Ga. Highway 138.
Police are asking anyone with information about the three suspects to call the department's tip line at (770) 473-5400.