Alpharetta police look for Ga. 400 ‘bump and rob’ suspects

Alpharetta police are looking for two ‘bump and rob’ suspects.

Those are people who drive up to your vehicle, intentionally hit you, then rob you when you get out to check the damage, exchange insurance information and wait for police to arrive.

About 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8, motorists headed northbound on Ga. 400 probably thought they were witnessing a typical post-crash scene on the shoulder of the road.

It wasn’t.

According to Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon, a large black truck, possibly a newer Toyota Tundra with an extended cab and tinted windows, sideswiped a gray Mini Cooper whose driver pulled over to the side of the road and got out.

The driver of the truck walked up to the victim’s vehicle, pulled out a handgun, reached inside the car and took the victim’s purse and cell phone, Gordon said.

A passenger in the truck walked up to the passenger side of the Mini Cooper and pointed a handgun at the car passenger, Gordon said.

After the robbery, the suspects got back in their truck and drove away.

Police said one suspect was skinny, between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6 and about 17-22 years old. He wore a light gray hoodie and blue jeans.

The other suspect is about 18-22 years old and wore a red hoodie, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the vehicle is asked to contact the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety investigative unit at 678-297-6319 or the confidential tip line at 678-297-6307. Information can also be left online at www.alpharetta.ga.us within the public safety page.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Gordon provided this advice on how to deal with motor vehicle accidents, including times when there is a perceived threat:

“Motorists involved in accidents that involve death, injury or vehicle damage are required by law to remain at the scene. They should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency and advise them of the traffic accident. An officer would be dispatched to the scene to file an accident report.

“However, if motorists feels they are in danger, they should contact 911 immediately and advise them of the circumstances. The safety of the motorists is always a priority. If motorists feel they need to move to a safer location they need to maintain contact with authorities. The dispatcher will advise the motorists what to do and the responding law enforcement officer will be made aware of the situation.”

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