Pedestrian hit and killed by vehicle in Douglasville

A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in Douglasville, the city’s police chief said Saturday.

The woman, who has not been identified by police, was standing outside the Ashley Oaks townhomes complex when she was allegedly hit by another woman driving a vehicle shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack said.

The woman suspected of hitting the victim was in police custody Saturday and charges are pending, Womack said. Her name was not released.

Witnesses told police the suspect was in a heated argument with her ex-boyfriend at the complex and sprayed him with pepper spray. She then got into her vehicle to leave the complex and allegedly ran into the other woman, who was an innocent third party not involved in the domestic dispute, Womack said.

3 girls struck by hit-and-run driver in Atlanta

Three girls were struck by a hit-and-run driver Friday evening in Atlanta, with two of them suffering serious injuries, police said.

The girls were walking along Westmeath Drive S.W., between Stokes Avenue and Emerald Avenue, about 7:30 p.m. when a vehicle struck them from behind, Atlanta police Officer Kim Jones said in an emailed statement.

One of the girls, Cedria Johnson, told police she and the two other victims were able to stand up momentarily in order to get out of the street. But then the other girls, 15-year-old Mariah Key and 14-year-old Dajah Malcom, both collapsed on the side of the road.

Johnson told police she saw a silver 4-door vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu, stop just before Emerald Avenue, where she saw a black male wearing a red shirt exit the driver’s side of the vehicle. She said he looked at the girls, then got back into his vehicle and sped up Emerald Avenue toward West Ontario Avenue.

The girls were brought to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Key was conscious and breathing early Saturday. Malcom was not conscious and had been hooked up to a machine to help with her breathing, police said.

Police have not released any other details and do not have a suspect.

Man charged after standoff in Villa Rica

A man was arrested after allegedly firing at police officers in Villa Rica, authorities said Saturday.

Lorenzo Crowder, 36, of Carrollton was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a number of other charges, police Capt. K.L. Shaddix said.

Shaddix said police were called with a report of shots being fired on Berry Drive about 8 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, police found two men standing by a car while Crowder stood in a nearby wooded area.

Crowder refused to identify himself and produced a gun and turned it on the officers, police said. The police then began firing shots at Crowder, who started running away from officers.

Police were able to locate him in a nearby neighborhood, where there was a brief standoff before Crowder gave himself up. No one was injured.

2 sought in fatal shooting at restaurant

Fulton County police need your help finding two people who sped away from an Old National Highway restaurant moments after a fatal shooting.

About 3:50 a.m. Saturday, a woman was shot and killed in the parking lot outside El Nopal Mexican Restaurant, Fulton police Detective Melissa Parker said in an emailed statement. Two unidentified men fled the scene in a silver or gray Pontiac Grand Am with a broken front passenger’s door window, she said.

Those men, who were captured on restaurant surveillance cameras, are persons of interest in the shooting, Parker said.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 31-year-old Tequilla Laye.

Police have not yet released any other details about the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective R. Peace at 404-613-9181.

Marietta police search for missing woman

The Marietta Police Department is looking for a 43-year-old woman with “severe diminished mental capacity” who has not been seen since she got in a man’s vehicle early Saturday.

About 2:30 a.m., Camellia Serena Warren walked to the Shell gas station at 2001 Windy Hill Road with her daughter, Marietta police Officer David Baldwin said in an emailed statement. At the station, a man who frequents the area of Windy Hill and Hawthorne roads allegedly coaxed Warren into a black older model Crown Victoria with a chrome grill, tan interior and sporty rims.

The man, who goes by the nickname “New York,” drove eastbound on Windy Hill Road toward Cobb Parkway with Warren inside the car, Baldwin said. Warren, a 5-foot-2, 130-pound black woman, was wearing a pink sweater, black pants and a white- or cream-colored hooded jacket at the time, Baldwin said.

Authorities located the vehicle, but not Warren or the man, he said.

“If left in an unknown location, Warren would not know how to get help, use a phone or find her way home,” Baldwin said. “Her condition could be life threatening if dropped off outside and left exposed to the elements.”

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911, Detective Shane Merritt at 770-794-5324 or the Marietta police anonymous tip line at 770-794-6990.

Rodney Thrash

Body found in vehicle in DeKalb

A body was discovered Saturday morning inside a vehicle on Moreland Avenue near I-285 West, according to DeKalb police.

Just after 8 a.m., authorities received a call about a traffic accident, police said. But when officers arrived on the scene, they found a vehicle in a ditch. A body was inside, police said.

No other details were available.

Rodney Thrash