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Athens man foils armed robbery attempt by slamming car door on gunman's arm

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man foiled an attempted armed robbery last month by slamming his car door on the gunman’s arm, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The man reported the incident at his wife’s urging on Saturday. He told police he hadn’t previously reported it because the robber did not steal anything, and he did not think he would be of much help in identifying the suspect.

The 43-year-old Oglethorpe Avenue resident said that early the morning of April 19 he was driving to work when he stopped at the Shell gas station on Tallassee Road and went inside to buy something, according to the report.

After exiting the store, he said he was approached by a male who asked for help in starting his broken-down truck, but the male “gave him a funny feeling” so he said he could not help because he had to get to work, according to the report.

The man reportedly said that when he got into his car the male appeared at the driver-side door pointing a handgun at him and demanding the man’s wallet and money.

“(The man’s) immediate reaction, since he was sitting all the way in the car was to slam the car door hard on the male’s arm, which he did twice, and the male backed out” allowing to man to quickly drive away,” according to the report.

The man told police he probably would not be able to identify the face of the suspect, who he said was “an average looking guy.”

However, he described the suspect as a Black male in his mid-30s who was at least six feet tall and of average build, police said, possibly wore a white hoodie and black “stylish” jeans, with rips, tears and fading.

He described the suspect’s truck as a “ragged-looking” 2000 or 2001 white Ford F-150 pickup with a lot of mail strewn about the dashboard, police said.

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