Arrest made in Phipps Plaza, Edgewood carjackings

A teenage suspect arrested for the Aug. 4 beating of a woman during a carjacking outside Phipps Plaza is also being charged with a string of area robberies and carjackings, Atlanta police said Thursday afternoon.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said that in addition to the Phipps Plaza carjacking, 17-year-old Steven Spigner has also been charged with the July 5 beating and carjacking of a woman at the Edgewood Retail District on Caroline Street, a July 7 robbery on East Lake Boulevard in which the victim was hit in the face and robbed and a July 12 carjacking on Moreland Avenue where the victim was threatened with a gun.

On July 5, a woman was punched in the head in the parking deck of the Target store in the Edgewood Retail District on Caroline Street at Moreland Avenue by a man who then stole her Mercedes Benz ML350. That victim was taken to Piedmont Hospital for treatment of head injuries.

In the July 7 robbery, Spigner was driving the vehicle taken in the Caroline Street carjacking, Lyon said.

In the latest carjacking, Michelle Wing told police that she was leaving the Twist Restaurant & Tapas Bar at Phipps Plaza just before midnight Aug. 4 when she was assaulted by two men who beat her for about two minutes before taking her keys and purse and driving away in her 2007 BMW 5 Series.

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Wing sustained “severe bruising as well as swelling and lacerations to her face,” police said. She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

Wing’s stolen car was found earlier this week.

Lyon said Spigner has been charged with two counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, two counts of robbery by force, one count of aggravated battery and two counts of battery.

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