3 teens arrested in violent stabbings, robberies in midtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say they have arrested three people in connection with two robberies and stabbings in midtown Atlanta.

The first attack happened near Peachtree Road and 4th Street on July 18. In the other attack, a man was stabbed and beaten as he walked near Piedmont Park Saturday.

Police told Channel 2 Action News earlier this week that both cases were connected.

The three suspects have been identified as 18-year-old Malica Astin, 19-year-old Sahib Russell and
18-year-old Ricardo Randolph.

“We were very concerned with the level of violence in each of these cases," said Sgt. John Chafee, with the Atlanta Police Department.


While investigating, police say they also linked the suspects to another crime. They said the crew targeted a young woman near a midtown Atlanta MARTA station.

“The victim was grabbed from behind and placed in a chokehold," Chafee said.

Police said in each case the victims were either alone or distracted.

“Be with someone else, pay attention to your surroundings and be a little suspicious," Chafee said.