by: Rachel Stockman Updated:ATLANTA —
An East Point man held a would-be carjacker at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested the suspect, according to Atlanta police.
Hashim Fannin, the car owner, says the attempted carjacking occurred just after he had pulled into a parking spot at the Family Dollar on Marietta Boulevard in northwest Atlanta earlier this month.
Fannin says the
man slipped into the passenger’s seat when his doors automatically unlocked.
“He told me,
‘You know what this is,’ ” Fannin said. That is when Fannin says he pulled his gun out.
“I asked him to get out the car, probably not in those exact words,” Fannin said.
“I told him no, there’s no leaving, leaving was before you hopped into my car ... at this point there is not leaving,” Fannin said.
The car owner kept the suspect, Edgar Horn, 61, at
gunpoint face down in the parking lot for several minutes until police arrived.
“You were not trying to rob me
,” Fannin said to the man on cellphone video of the incident. “Do you just get into random people's cars ... you thought I was your friend … you thought I was your friend ... so you woke up stupid this morning?”
When police arrived, you can see Fannin wave them over, and put his gun down. The police officer shakes his hand, before putting the suspect in handcuffs.
“Honestly, I look at it like this. That is one less guy I got to worry about bothering my mom when she’s out grocery shopping,” Fannin said.
According to a police report, the suspect was arrested for attempted robbery and entering an automobile.