Norcross police search for man robbing pedestrians at gunpoint

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

NORCROSS, Ga. —

Norcross police believe the same man is responsible for three armed robberies of pedestrians within a one-hour time period.

Police released a Georgia Bureau of Investigation composite sketch of a man, described as heavyset, over 250 pounds, with crooked teeth, based on victim descriptions.

They received three calls from people who said a man pulled a gun and robbed them in the area of Brook Hollow Parkway and Jimmy Carter Boulevard. 

"All three cases, that were all 30 minutes to 45 minutes of each other, lead us to believe it's all the same individual,” Detective Craig Dallape told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

Luoyan Chen told Viteri she and her parents were in her driveway on Ferentz Trace cleaning her car at 11:30 p.m. when a man walked up with a gun and demanded money.

"I said, ‘We don't have. What do you want?,’" Chen said.

She said the man ripped necklaces off her neck and her mother's and pulled several rings from her mother's hands. She said the man was struggling to take a bracelet off her mother's wrist.

Her father, who speaks no English, tried to explain the bracelet doesn't come off. Chen said the man hit her father with the gun.

"He just used the gun to hit my father, to hit him in the mouth,” Chen said.

Police said the man also pulled a gun on two people at the Las Colinas apartments off Brook Hollow Parkway and robbed them.

Another man at the Extended Stay America hotel on Jimmy Carter Boulevard said the man stole items from his car and pulled a gun on him before leaving.

Investigators said one victim saw the man get in a silver four-door sedan with a partial tag of 9184.