Man robbed at gunpoint in East Atlanta

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ATLANTA - Police say an Atlanta man walking home from a popular East Atlanta bar was robbed early Sunday morning by three armed men.

East Atlanta Village, with it's bars, restaurants and shopping, is as popular as ever, but some people who live in the area say a rash of crime is troubling. The latest incident was an armed robbery at Glenwood Avenue and Blake Avenue, where two of three armed robbers pulled assault rifles on a man.

According to police, the victim was walking home from Mary's bar when he was approached by the robbers about 2 a.m.

He reported that one of the men had an AK-47-style rifle. The other had a semiautomatic pistol. They took his cellphone and everything in his pockets.

"Holy moly," was resident Megan Kiser's reaction.

Kiser lives nearby in Ormwood Park. She said crimes have changed the way she operates here.

"You definitely think twice before you go meet your friends at night anywhere. You definitely want to make sure you're telling someone 'I'm coming. Here's when I'm going to be there,'" she said.

It was earlier this week when Channel 2 Action News reported shots fired out in front of the Flatiron building.

Willis spoke with Michael and Amy Shaw just a few steps from where that incident happened. They've lived in the community for about four years and they say they just hope recent events aren't a sign of where their neighborhood is headed.

"It just seems like a blip. Like, I've never seen this much happening so much in one area," said Amy Shaw.

"I think it is just sort of, hopefully, a little bit of a flare-up. It's not something that's a sign of things changing," Michael Shaw said.



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