by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:ATLANTA —
People living in Atlanta's Castleberry Hill neighborhood told Channel 2 Action News they were concerned after recent crimes there.
"At this point, it’s just they’re very desperate to get anything,” Aisha Gutierrez told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.Gutierrez said she tries not to walk alone after dark, especially after hearing about a woman hit and robbed on Walker Street.
Atlanta police said the woman was leaving the Beeline Lofts around 9:30 p.m. when someone grabbed her purse and hit her on the head with a heavy object, making her fall to the ground. A witness came to help the woman who went to the hospital with a cut on her head.
"I have this on me at all times. I’ve had to pull it out a couple times," Gutierrez said when she showed Viteri the Taser she carries with her.
She said she always has pepper spray when walking alone. In late April police said a man was shot in the leg walking near the same intersection of Walker and Fair streets. According to police, the victim said a man unknown to him drove up and shot him after they got in an argument at a club nearby.
It is the same intersection where on September 28 someone shot and killed 37-year-old Joe Frierson. Frierson was a teacher at Martin Luther King High School in DeKalb County. At the time Atlanta police told Viteri the cameras weren't working because a vendor didn't configure them properly. Police have made no arrests in Frierson's murder. They say the cameras are now working, but do not show what happened during the recent robbery.