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    About two weeks after making an arrest, police released surveillance video of a violent armed robbery at a Buckhead taco restaurant in hopes of identifying three other suspects. Four masked men broke into Velvet Taco on Nov. 23, which led to a manager being pistol-whipped and a gunshot being fired, Atlanta police said. Four days later, officers arrested restaurant employee Quayshawn Green, 23, naming him as the man who orchestrated the crime, AJC.com previously reported. RELATED: Man arrested in armed robbery at Buckhead restaurant was employee, police say The surveillance video only shows glimpses of the suspects’ faces, since they attempted to keep them covered with masks or hoods during the incident. Police are hoping those moments will be enough for someone to recognize them and help officers hunt them down. The robbery at the popular taco joint that opened on West Paces Ferry Road in September took place about 4:30 a.m. and lasted less than 15 minutes, police said. No one was struck by the bullet that was fired during the incident. The group got away with $3,255 in cash. RELATED: ‘All-day, funky taco joint’ Velvet Taco now open Buckhead Green faces charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping,  false imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Fulton County Jail records show. He also has a hold out of DeKalb County. He remains in jail without bond. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477 or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Tips can be sent anonymously and information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this investigation can earn tipsters up to $2,000. In other news:
  • A northwest Georgia man faces four charges in Tennessee after he allegedly exposed himself to a young child last year. While out on bond, the Dade County man is accused of doing the same thing in Whitfield County last month, prompting a manhunt that led to his arrest last week in Alabama, according to multiple media reports. As a result, 37-year-old Thomas Justin Wooten faces three additional felonies in Georgia, including child molestation, enticing a child and indecent exposure, according to Whitfield County Jail records. In March 2018, Wooten was arrested by Chattanooga police after he allegedly exposed himself to the child and tried to lure him into his pickup truck, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. He was charged with two counts of soliciting a minor and two counts of indecent exposure, Hamilton County, Tenn., court records show. When he bonded out, he had to register as a sex offender in Dade County, where he lives, the newspaper reported. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told AJC.com that he no longer shows up in the GBI’s online sex offender registry because he’s currently incarcerated. On Nov. 15, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into Wooten after he allegedly exposed himself to young children near Cavender Road, the Times Free Press reported. Calhoun police were also investigating Wooten based on his vehicle, which was the same one Chattanooga police used to tie him to their case. Several law enforcement agencies collaborated to find Wooten in Huntsville, Ala., and arrest him. He has since been extradited to the Whitfield County Jail, where he remains without bond. Since he faces another sex-related crime, he was charged with a violation of his sex offender registration in Tennessee as well, according to court records.  In other news:
  • A traffic stop on I-75 in Butts County led to 52 pounds of methamphetamine being seized and two alleged drug traffickers being arrested. A deputy pulled over a 2020 Chevrolet Camaro on I-75 North about 9:45 a.m. Monday after spotting it rapidly changing lanes, according to a Butts County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained by AJC.com. The driver of the Camaro, which had a Maryland tag, allegedly cut off another vehicle and failed to maintain its lane. The deputy pulled over the vehicle, driven by Tiffany Shavonne Crawford, 41, of Canton, near mile marker 202, the report said. Ariana Chentale Matthews, 22, of Troy, Michigan, was a passenger in the car. When approached by the deputy, Crawford’s hands were seen “shaking” as she fumbled around for a cigarette, the report said. Both women were described as in “fight or flight” mode and were visibly afraid. The deputy smelled marijuana from inside the car and noticed a large suitcase in the backseat, the report said. While Crawford denied there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Matthews eventually admitted she had some in her pants, the deputy said. A probable cause search was then conducted of the vehicle, which led to 52 pounds of meth being found inside the suitcase, the report said. The women allegedly told deputies they thought it was marijuana and they had been paid to traffic it. Matthews told authorities that she flew with the meth from California to Orlando, where the two were paid to drive it to Atlanta, the report said. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was notified of the seized drugs. Both women were charged with two counts of trafficking meth and were booked into the Butts County Jail.  In other news:
  • A Roswell private school teacher faces charges after accusations emerged that he grabbed a student’s butt more than 30 times during class, authorities said. John Emmanuel Garcia of Atlanta faces a count of sexual battery against a minor after the alleged activity in his Spanish classroom at High Meadows School on Willeo Road, Roswell police told Channel 2 Action News.  The student told investigators that Garcia grabbed him more than 30 times while in class, according to a police incident report. The student also told police he “did not like Mr. Garcia because he touched his private area.”  The alleged incidents took place over the past two months and was reported to police and school officials in mid-November. Garcia was arrested Sunday. The student’s age was not released. Garcia had worked at the school since 2017 and had taught Spanish to children between pre-K and fifth grade during his tenure, Interim Head of School Bud Lichtenstein said in an email to students’ parents Monday following the arrest. He added that Garcia was placed on administrative leave as soon as staff heard about the allegation. “The safety and security of our community is our primary concern,” the letter continued. “This is an unfortunate reminder of the importance of talking to your child about student/adult boundaries and to remind them to let you or a trusted adult (teacher, counselor, administrator) know if there have been any uncomfortable conversations or behaviors with any adult they encounter.” Lichtenstein also said the school had performed a thorough background check on Garcia, which found no red flags. Garcia was released from the Fulton County Jail on Tuesday on a $10,000 bond, jail records show. His attorney told Channel 2 he has no comment about the charges. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 23.  In other news:
  • A woman was rushed to a hospital Tuesday night after she was stabbed, stumbled out of the back of a Lyft and was hit by a passing truck. The woman was sharing the car with two other female passengers when an argument ensued, according to South Fulton police. She was stabbed multiple times and jumped out to escape.  The victim was found with life-threatening injuries when officers responded about 11 p.m. to the area of Butner Road and Fair Ridge. She is in serious condition at a local hospital, but she is stable, police spokesman Sgt. Jubal Rogers said Wednesday morning. Both the Lyft driver and the driver who hit the woman stayed to speak with police, Rogers said. The front-seat passenger is also cooperating with the investigation. The other back-seat passenger left the scene on foot before police arrived, he said. She is considered the stabbing suspect, and detectives are working to verify her identity. “Detectives are still determining if there is any relationship between the victim and the suspect at this time,” Rogers said.  Tyron Bush, the driver who hit the woman, said it didn’t seem like the people in the car knew each other. “I don’t know what was going on, but all I know is an innocent young lady ran out in front of my truck, and I ran her down,” he said. “I didn’t mean to hit her. I tried to stop, but I still hit her.” She was speaking when Bush jumped out of his truck to see if she was OK. She told him she was stabbed seven times, he said. Bush said he saw multiple stab wounds to her neck, back and chest. He called 911 and waited with the woman until help arrived, directing traffic away as she laid in the road.  The ordeal “messed me up,” Bush said. The victim reminded him of a missing woman whose photo he had seen recently on the news. “I’m just trying to find out who she is so I can go visit her” in the hospital, he said. Detectives are waiting for the victim to come out of surgery so they can speak with her, according to Rogers. They are also working with Lyft to determine where the passengers were picked up, and why they were together. — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
  • Deputies are searching for a woman accused of wearing scrubs to enter a Cartersville hospital in order to steal credit cards. The woman stole several cards at Cartersville Medical Center and then used them at a nearby Walmart and Kroger, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Monday.   RELATED: Man poses as janitor, steals wallet from hospital employee, police say The sheriff’s office released two surveillance photos of the woman, which show her walking down the center of a hallway in the hospital. The credit cards were stolen from bags and wallets throughout the building. RELATED: 2 men allegedly steal from family visiting son at Grady after home explosion The sheriff’s office didn’t release how long she was in the hospital, and it’s unclear how many items were purchased with the stolen credit cards. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-382-5050. In other news:
  • Three months after a man was shot in the back during Atlanta Black Pride Weekend, police have concluded that the shooter was not motivated by hate. Antonio Lonnell Starks, 26, of Atlanta, was arrested in connection with the Sept. 3 shooting of 27-year-old Ira Moorer, Atlanta police said. Moorer was shot about 5 a.m. on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway after an argument inside the 1050 Social Club, where Starks worked as a security guard. Shortly after the shooting, a GoFundMe page for Moorer alleged that his attacker beat, kicked and called him homophobic slurs before the shooting. Atlanta police public affairs director Carlos Campos said his department “brought in our Homeland Security team and LGBT liaisons to look into the bias crime allegations,” AJC.com previously reported. RELATED: Cops investigate possible hate-motivated shooting during Atlanta Black Pride However, Campos said Monday that “our investigators consulted with the FBI and our LGBT liaison and determined this case did not meet the criteria to be classified as a bias crime.” Instead, investigators believe the shooting was the result of a fight that started in the club and spilled onto the street. Starks will face three state felonies, but will avoid federal hate crime charges. Georgia is one of five states that does not have a hate crime statute creating tougher penalties for people who commit crimes based on sexual orientation, race, religion or disability.  The shooting shut down Hollowell Parkway for about two hours while investigators were at the scene. Four 9 mm shell casings were found by police. Several people who refused to come out of the club were detained before being released, police said. In their report, police identified Moorer as Ira Johnson. Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker previously said a fight between two groups led to the shooting and “security was involved as well.” The security guard was not at the scene when police arrived, Ricker said.  Starks was arrested Oct. 25 on counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Fulton County Jail records show. He was released Nov. 15 on a $50,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty to all counts.  Court records show that the incident “rendered (Moorer’s) lungs useless” after the shooting, leading him to be hospitalized at Grady Memorial Hospital for weeks. Posts on his public Facebook page indicate he’s able to walk now and has been released from the hospital. As of Monday, Starks does not have a set trial date. In other news:
  • A man threatened a Best Buy employee in Dunwoody after he walked out of the store with two computers and other electronics without paying, authorities said.  Manuel Mounds was followed into the parking lot of the Hammond Drive store Nov. 27 by the manager after an employee recognized he’d walked out without paying, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Mounds allegedly had a knife when he told the manager they were “going to get hurt,” Dunwoody police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons told the news station.  Surveillance video shows the manager went back into the store at that point and called police, Channel 2 reported.  Employees were able to get Mounds’ licence plate number and give it to police. He was arrested within days of the incident, according to the news station.  Mounds is facing felony shoplifting and aggravated assault charges. He is booked in the DeKalb County Jail.  In other news:
  • Anthony Charles Hicks III loved to look out the windows to the street below his Buckhead apartment. It’s the last thing the curious 19-month-old did. He and his mother were walking toward the elevator when Anthony looked down, then toppled out of the window in a common area of the apartment complex. There were no safety features preventing the fall, and Anthony hit the cement sidewalk five stories below. He died from his injuries the same day, July 4.  “It never even crossed her mind that the window would be open,” his parents’ attorney, Stephen Apolinsky, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It had never been open.” In their wrongful death lawsuit filed in Fulton County State Court by Jay Sadd of Slappey & Sadd and Apolinsky, Anthony’s parents say the Core at Lindbergh complex was negligent by not having any safety features in the window, as required by building codes. The International Building Code, adopted by the state of Georgia, says an exterior wall window within three feet of the floor must have safety devices if opening the window would allow an object 4 inches in diameter or larger to otherwise pass through. Anthony Hicks II and Desiree Williams are seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.  RELATED: Man dies after falling from Carnival cruise ship ALSO: Boy, 5, dies after getting stuck at Sun Dial restaurant The complex’s property management company, Matrix Residential, said the apartment community is “deeply saddened by this tragedy” in an email to The AJC.  “We are taking this situation very seriously and have implemented safety precautions including permanently sealing all similar windows,” Matrix said. “Because the incident is still under investigation, this is all the information we can share at this time.” After Anthony’s death, the complex installed safety features on the windows, Apolinsky said. The window where Anthony fell was bolted shut and a metal grid was installed, he said.  The day Anthony died, the lawsuit states, no such features were in place. “Without any such features, a person approaching the fifth-floor window would be  prevented from readily discerning whether it was in a closed state or a fully unprotected state due to the fact it looked essentially the same regardless of whether it was open or shut,” the lawsuit states.  Anthony’s parents filed the lawsuit in hopes of preventing other families from enduring a similar tragedy, according to their attorney.  “They’re just trying to get by day by day, but they are still distraught over losing their son,” Apolinsky said.  Anthony would have celebrated his second birthday Dec. 3. 
  • A pregnant 18-year-old and her boyfriend found dead in a car on Thanksgiving Day were killed as the result of a robbery, McDonough police said Monday. Police on Friday arrested Aljahon Joyner, 17, in connection with the deaths of Savannah Fulmer and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Dahmir Robinson. Fulmer and Robinson were shot to death and discovered in a car parked on New Orleans Way. “The motive for these murders was a drug-related robbery,” McDonough police Maj. Kyle Helgerson said in a news release.  Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News they had never seen the car, which belonged to Fulmer’s family, in the City Square subdivision before. Tara Wells called police the morning of Nov. 28 when she approached the vehicle and saw a male passenger with “a bullet wound to the temple,” she said. RELATED: Death investigation launched after 2 bodies found in car in McDonough neighborhood Fulmer, a senior at Eagle’s Landing High School who played for the softball team, and Robinson, a 2019 graduate of Woodland High School, had been in a relationship for three years, according to family. She was expecting their first child.  MORE: Teenage couple found dead in car in Henry County on Thanksgiving Joyner is being held without bond on two counts of murder, one count of feticide, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault, as well as related weapons charges. — Please return to AJC.com for updates.