Somehow, police said, a suspected robber last week entered a Georgia State University library not once, not twice, but three times.
And at least one of those times, on Jan. 14, he was armed.
A week after that armed robbery, police on Thursday released a sketch of a man wanted for questioning in that incident and two others. All of the crimes occurred inside Library North at the intersection of Decatur and Courtland streets.
They started Jan. 11. A 5-foot-11 black man with a low haircut, tattoos on his neck and dark clothing approached a student and asked him “if he had ever been shot before,” police said.
“The complainant was able to walk away without any incident.”
The next day, another student told police a man with similar features came up from behind and demanded his book bag, which contained a MacBook. The man then tried to snatch the bag from the student, and the two struggled before the man punched the student in the face, police said.
The man reached in his pocket and, according to police, told the student, “Don’t make me shoot you.” He then took the bag and fled the area.
Georgia State police Deputy Chief Carlton Mullis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the man returned to Library North about 9:15 a.m. Jan. 14. This time, he pulled out a gun. The student was not injured, but his MacBook and cellphone were stolen.
GSU police previously arrested a 38-year-old man after a student was robbed at gunpoint of his cellphone and laptop about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, also inside Library North.
Daniel Duplessy was arrested on charges of armed robbery and an outstanding failure to appear warrant after a lead from someone who recognized him from a police alert and contacted Atlanta authorities.
Anyone with information about the latest robberies is asked to call Georgia State police at 404-413-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.