North Fulton crimes: Man armed with Nerf gun arrested after threats

This is a roundup of recent crimes of note in north Fulton County. It is based on arrest warrants, police reports and jail records. At this point, these are allegations by law enforcement. For crimes in Sandy Springs, some of these reports are from Capt. Steve Rose’s “Weekly Wrap-Up.

‘Just a hustle’

Two men in Sandy Springs were arrested for fraud and soliciting on Feb. 27. A Sandy Springs police detective spotted the two men soliciting donations outside of Office Depot and Five Below on Mt. Vernon Highway. Police said the men had flyers for a fake AAU basketball team they were trying to promote. One man told police “it’s just a hustle,” and said they came to Sandy Springs on MARTA to “dupe” people, according to police. One man was on probation in Clayton County for theft by recieving, and the other man was wanted in Tennessee for prescription fraud. Both men were taken to a Fulton County jail.

Armed with a Nerf gun

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Police were called to a Sandy Springs bowling alley, Stars and Strikes, on March 1 about a person causing a problem, according to a police report. The man had already been given a criminal trespass warning, and came into the bowling alley drinking his own alcoholic beverages. He was asked to leave, and did, but came back inside and made “threatening remarks” to a bowling alley employee, police said. The man fled the scene but was later found. Police searched his backpack and found a Nerf gun wrapped in electrical tape. Police said it was “used as a show to support the threat.” The man was arrested.

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Stopped by a fence

On March 1 around 2 a.m., a Sandy Springs police officer made a traffic stop near the 7700 block of Roswell Road. The suspect did not stop his car,  and instead kept driving towards an apartment complex. The man eventually stopped his car and ran. He attempted to jump a fence, but got his feet hung up and fell to the ground headfirst, police said. He was arrested, treated at a hospital and then transported to jail. A handgun and marijuana were found in his car. The man was charged with speeding, driving with a suspended license, marijuana possession (less than an ounce), obstruction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Waking up to a robbery

A man told police that he and his girlfriend were sleeping at their Glenridge Drive apartment on Feb. 26 when someone knocked on the door. He checked through the peephole, saw no one, but heard another knock. On the third knock, he opened the door and was confronted by a man with a gun who demanded money, according to a police report. The victim gave the man $500 in cash. The man then pushed the victim down a set of stairs and ran. Police said the suspect was dressed in all black and wore a mask.

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