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College Park Police said Officer Ivory Morris is in stable condition at Grady hospital in Atlanta after a teenager ran over him with a stolen SUV.

Morris told a WSB-TV reporter he looked directly into the teenagers eyes and chose not to draw his service weapon because he didn't want to kill someone's kid.

Morris said he was moonlighting at a part-time job at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he received alerts that a stolen vehicle was in his area.

"I said, 'If it comes back to College Park,' I said, 'We on it,'" Morris told WSB.

"I was looking in that kid['s] eyes. I was like, 'I don't want to hurt this kid.' I didn't want to take nobody's kid away from them," Morris said.

He went to the Hilton Garden Inn at Millenium Center and spotted the stolen automobile in the parking lot, WSB-TV reported.

Morris saw a 15-year-old boy standing near the SUV. When the boy spotted Morris, he walked away from the vehicle. The 17-year-old boy behind the wheel sped away in the SUV, as Morris struggled with the 15-year-old.

At some point, the 17-year-old returned, and the 15-year-old jumped on the hood of the SUV -- with Morris still holding him.

"When I was on top of that car, I had my other hand free to reach for the gun. But I said, 'I don't want to. I don't want to pull it,'" Morris told WSB-TV.

The driver jerked the wheel of the SUV, sending both Morris and the boy sprawling on the ground.

Morris said that's when the driver intentionally ran over both of them and sped off.

The officer suffered a fractured leg and other internal injuries. The 15-year-old boy was also injured and hospitalized.

Morris' supervisor said he had every right to use lethal force against the 17-year-old driver who hit him with the SUV, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Morris said he was willing to sacrifice his life so a mother wouldn't mourn her kid.

"I was thinking, 'These are somebody's kids,'" he said.

The 17-year-old driver is still at large.

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Atlanta mayoral candidate Antonio Brown was nearly killed Wednesday when four boys, ages 7 to 11, stole his Mercedes Benz in broad daylight.

The Atlanta city councilman was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony in northeast Atlanta around 12 noon when four boys jumped into his car, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.

The white Mercedes-Benz coupe had a keyless push-to-start ignition and Brown didn't realize the car had started, he said.

Brown struggled with the 11-year-old driver and held onto the door handle as the boy hit the gas. The Councilman was dragged one city block before he let go of the handle. He was not injured.

Brown doesn't plan to file charges against the kids, who he says acted out of desperation, Atlanta's WSB-TV reported.

"This is a generational poverty issue. These kids, it's 12:30 in the afternoon. Why aren't they in school? Why aren't we enforcing systems to ensure that if they are not in school, they're in recreational centers?" he said.

Young children are recruited to steal cars for car theft rings because they typically receive less jail time than adult car thieves.

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Brown voted earlier this year to withhold $73 million from the Atlanta police budget, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The news outlet aired video of the Councilman shaking hands with the overworked and underpaid Atlanta police officers who responded to his 911 call (see video below).

The Mercedes has not been recovered.

Brown is under federal indictment related to alleged charges in the years prior to him winning the council seat in 2019, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
 

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Update: AJC.com reports singer Akon's white Range Rover SUV was recovered after being stolen from a Buckhead gas station early Tuesday.

Akon told police he was still pumping gas when he noticed his SUV pulling away from the gas pump.

Surveillance video confirmed his story. The video footage shows a black four-door BMW sedan driving into the gas station at 11:37 p.m. and pulling alongside the Range Rover, according to the police report.

The singer's cellphone was still inside the car when it was stolen. He used a tracking app on the phone to follow the vehicle to Lawton Street in southwest Atlanta, but it was already gone by the time police arrived, according to AJC.com.

The vehicle was recovered in Forest Park Tuesday morning, said police spokesman Officer Steve Avery.
 

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Atlanta police are searching for musician Akon's SUV that was stolen from a QuikTrip on Sidney Marcus Blvd in Buckhead just after midnight on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old singer, rapper and music producer had just finished pumping gas and left his white Range Rover running while he went inside the convenience store, police say

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Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, is best known for his singles "Locked Up" and "Lonely" off his debut album Trouble (2004).

His second studio album Konvicted (2006) sold over one million records in the U.S. after only six weeks.

Konvicted spawned the hits "Smack That" (featuring Eminem), "I Wanna Love You", featuring Snoop Dogg, "Gringo" and "Don't Matter." The album eventually sold more than 5 million copies globally.

Auto thefts in Atlanta are up about 47 percent from this time last year, according to 11 Alive News.

Atlanta police urge residents to be vigilant and never leave their vehicles running. A similar incident happened to Atlanta rapper Ludacris last year when his Mercedes was stolen.

"Any time you stop your vehicle and you leave your vehicle for just a split second, please turn your vehicle off and take your keys with you and secure your vehicle," Lt. Dorian Graham told 11 Alive. "We're having far too many vehicles stolen because we are leaving our vehicles running."

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A shocking viral video shows the final moments of a delivery driver's life after two teenage girls carjacked him in Washington, DC.

The 13- and 15-year-old girls have been charged as adults in the death of 66-year-old father-of-three Mohammad Anwar, who was killed when he was thrown from his speeding car.

Anwar, a delivery driver for Uber Eats, was working in the southeast section of D.C. when two girls attempted to carjack him.

Cell phone video footage shows Anwar leaning halfway out of his car, as a girl wearing an orange hoodie attempts to push him out of his car.

Anwar tells a bystander "they're kids", while holding on to the steering wheel of his car.

Anwar had put the car in park, but one of the teenagers shifted the transmission into drive and hit the accelerator. The car sped off -- with Anwar still holding on for dear life.

Two loud bangs are heard on the video as the open driver's side door impacted two metal light poles during the car's route.

Seconds later, the car lost control, overturned and crashed, leaving Anwar sprawled on the sidewalk near death from severe head injuries.

Several National Guardsmen are seen on the video helping the teenagers out of the wrecked vehicle.

As her victim lay dying, one of the teens is overheard saying, "Please, my phone is in there. My phone!"

Twitter users criticized CNN for calling the murder an "accident" -- and D.C. mayor Muriel Bower was dragged for appearing to blame the victim by reminding residents to lock their cars to prevent auto theft.

CAUTION: This video contains scenes of graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
 

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A 13-year-old girl was dragged for several miles when she tried to escape her family's SUV that had been carjacked from a parking lot.

According to the Wichita Police Department, Brianna Ibarra was sitting in an SUV that was idling outside a restaurant while her family was inside picking up food just before noon on February 6.

Brianna was in the back seat on the driver's side of the SUV when a man jumped into the driver's seat and drove off.

The frightened teenager became entangled in the seatbelt when she opened the rear passenger door to escape the fleeing vehicle.

A motorist witnessed a grey Ford Escape dragging a young girl who was hanging outside the vehicle "traveling westbound on Kellogg at Meridian".

The witness followed the SUV and called 911.

Officers who responded to the scene saw the suspect stop the vehicle at Kellogg and West Street and flee on foot.

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The suspect was captured by police and later identified as 34-year-old Kevin Palmer of Wichita.

Brianna was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is one of the saddest cases I have been associated with in my over 28 years of law enforcement," said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay in a press release. "WPD sends its thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and others affected by this tragic incident."

Palmer, who has a lengthy criminal history, is being held without bail at the Sedgwick County Jail on several charges, including felony murder, first-degree murder, and capital murder.

A GoFundMe account raised over $45,000 of a $75,000 goal for the "unexpected loss of a child."

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Atlanta police released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with multiple carjackings and robberies of women in the Atlanta area.

Police are investigating at least four carjacking incidents involving the same man that began at the end of September.

The man's latest victim, a woman who asked to remain anonymous, was punched and dragged from her car on Oct. 9, just after 4 p.m., outside the Dump, a furniture store in the affluent Buckhead neighborhood in northwest Atlanta.

The woman told 11Alive News she was sitting in her car near the store's entrance after loading a rug. A Black man opened the back door and asked if she and her mom were picking up furniture.

The victim politely said no, but the man did something unexpected.

"He climbed in the car, shut the door, and I just knew, oh my God," the victim told 11Alive.

The carjacker ordered her to drive off, threatening to kill her. But the victim was concerned for her 76-year-old mother in the passenger seat, so she resisted.

"My voice was shaky and I was like, 'This is my mother' and I'm like, 'Get out of my car!'" she said. "Then he grabs me, starts pulling me over the center console, my mom starts hitting him on the back to let me go."

The victim yelled for her mother to run inside the store to get help as she continued to struggle with the carjacker.

"He just throws a right hook into my left eye, just goes boom," she said. The man dragged her out of the car and drove off.

Police located her car days later at the Summit Condos in Sandy Springs, where the man carjacked another driver and forced that victim to drive him to an ATM.

Police believe the same suspect carjacked three women and forced them to drive to an ATM.

The Buckhead victim told 11Alive she felt lucky because she was dragged from her car.

"I cannot imagine how these women feel about complying and having to drive to these ATM machines," she said. "To be driving around and be scared to death for minutes upon minutes."
 

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A St. Louis woman fought back against an armed carjacker who attempted to rob her and drive away in her car.

According to KSDK News, the victim told police she was robbed and carjacked after stopping to get her paycheck at a business in the 1000 block of North Vandeventer.

She said an armed robber approached her as she returned to her car in the parking lot. She jumped into her car, grabbed her own gun and shot the robber as he drove off in her car.

Moments later, police responded to a 911 call about an accident with injuries in the 3700 block of Finney Avenue, about a half mile away from the scene of the carjacking.

Police found the victim's stolen car with a man inside who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The carjacking victim was treated for a leg injury, which she told police happened after she fell from her car during the carjacking.

The victim was not charged.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is still searching for the car 19-year-old Vanita Richardson and 31-year-old Truvenia Campbell were riding in hours before they were killed and thrown off a bridge in northwest Georgia.

The GBI is asking for the public's help to locate Richardson's 1997 gold Toyota Corolla with Georgia tag: RTJ 6295.

A road crew discovered the bodies early Wednesday, May 13, on the banks of the Etowah River under the east bypass bridge in Floyd County.

The woman had plastic bags over their heads and their clothes were torn. Investigators believe the killer misjudged the water's edge because it was still dark out when the bodies were dumped.

Police believe there are 2 killers. Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Brian Johnston says the GBI is working around the clock to develop and follow leads in the case.

Johnston told Channel 2 anchor Justin Wilfon that agents believe the two women knew their killer or killers and it wasn't a random act of violence.

Family and friends attended a vigil on Monday night. Richardson and Campbell were half sisters. They shared the same father and different mothers.

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The stepsisters were always together -- inseparable. Truvenia Campbell had epilepsy since birth. Richardson kept a close eye on her.

"They were very, very close. Very, very close," said Campbell's mother, Donna Campbell. She pleaded with mourners to space themselves 6 feet apart at the vigil outside Campbell's home in Rome.

The sisters were last seen on Tuesday night, May 12. Richardson left her home, presumably to go pick up Campbell for a night out.

The coronavirus restriction had been lifted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and residents were cautiously venturing outside after being cooped up inside their homes for 2 months.

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Richardson was set to graduate from high school on Saturday, May 23.

Before she left, Richardson's mother, Vanita Allen, called out to her. "She pulled out of the yard and I said, 'You better make it back in tonight.'"

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Rapper Pop Smoke was arrested for allegedly stealing and transporting a $375,000 Rolls-Royce from California to New York.

The 20-year-old, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, was arrested on Friday, Jan. 17, at JFK airport after arriving on a flight from Paris, France where he attended Paris Fashion Week.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce was found parked outside his parents' home in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn. The license plate had been changed and the windows had been tinted, authorities say.

The rapper told police he "borrowed" the car for a music video, according to an indictment.

The Brooklyn native is accused of arranging to transport the Rolls-Royce cross country on the back of a flatbed truck.

A photo posted on Instagram shows him posing in front of the stolen luxury vehicle at a gas station. The image has since been deleted from Instagram, but it can be viewed on Facebook.com.

Jackson is charged with interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, a felony. The car has since been returned to its rightful owner.

Thanks to NY state's no cash bail reform, Jackson was released after a court appearance on Friday. He is best knowns for his rap singles "Welcome to the Party" and "Dior" off his debut mixtape Meet the Woo.

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A teenage boy wearing a wig and feminine attire has targeted 5 Metro Atlanta gyms to steal credit cards, identifications and even a truck.

Police say Tarquinnious Mack, 17, is wanted on multiple charges including robbery and auto theft. He has targeted gyms in Holly Springs, Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Cherokee counties.

Mack and a crew of similarly dressed individuals target gyms after the holidays - when most people are working on their New Year's resolutions.

According to Channel 2's Sophia Choi, Mack has committed robberies in Atlanta since November 2019. Police know he lives in Atlanta, but they are having trouble catching up to him and his crew.

"He's been very active the last few weeks," Covington police capt. Ken Malcolm told Choi.

Malcolm said Mack gains access to the gyms by telling staffers he lost his membership card. Once inside the locker rooms, he steals credit cards and IDs from lockers. At one location, he stole a credit card and went next door to Walmart where he used it to buy gift cards. He then left the scene in a stolen pickup truck.

After Choi tweeted her story about Mack on Wednesday, Donna Liggins tweeted that the "low life" stole her husband's truck from a gym in Forsyth County on Nov. 11. She said the vehicle was recovered on Dec. 11.

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Police hope the public will call in with tips on Mack's location. In the meantime, police have advice for gyms and members to avoid becoming victims.

"The gymnasiums have to be vigilant in making sure that any individual that comes in is an actual member," Malcolm said.

Police also recommend gym members bring their own locks if they use a locker.