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Men Robbed Outside Executive Park Hotel at Gunpoint

Two men staying at the Courtyard Marriott were robbed in the hotel parking lot early Saturday morning.

Two South Carolina men said they were robbed outside an Executive Park hotel at gunpoint early Saturday morning, according to DeKalb County police. 

The men, 28 and 26 years old, were staying at the hotel at 1236 Executive Park Drive when they walked to their car in the parking lot to get some personal items at about 4:40am, the police report said. 

A first suspect approached them and asked one of the men for a cigarette, attempting to make conversation. Two other suspects approached the other man, and the first suspect punched the first man in the chin. A second suspect pointed a rifle in his face and demanded his wallet, the report said. 

The second man ran, and the third suspect chased him. 

A hotel employee told police that the victims returned to the hotel and told her what happened, but she did not see suspects running toward the street. A responding officer also said both victims were intoxicated.

About $150 in cash, a driver's license and miscellaneous cards were in the first victim's wallet.

The first suspect was described as a black male wearing a gray hat backwards, a white T-shirt and black pants. The second suspect was also a black male wearing a black bandanna, long, dreadlocked hair and black clothing. The third suspect was a black male, unknown clothing.

BurningBridges September 07, 2012 at 01:07 PM
When will people learn? Valet Parking or a taxi. Just write it off when you get home.
Brett September 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Really? That's the answer? I'd rather bring our troops home and station them in our larger cities with orders to shoot to kill people that commit these crimes. You shouldn't have to worry about being robbed in a hotel parking lot, and we have a right to safety.
BurningBridges September 07, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Agreed about the worry part, you absolutely shouldn't have to worry. But being a realist, I know that you DO have to worry about these kinds of things. Having had a unique perspective into Dekalb County Law Enforcement, things have in my opinion gotten a lot worse in Dekalb in the last 20 years. I'll modify your idea just slightly. Take the troops you want to bring home, give them discharges first and hire them as police officers. You know, it's that whole pesky posse commitatus thing...
Brett September 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I agree things are getting worse. I live in a nice neighborhood in Dekalb but there are robberies, break-ins, car thefts, and occasional home invasions all around my area. I am unaware of a single one of these crimes where the culprits were either seen or caught that wasn't a black male. I have black friends and that comment is not intended to be racist. It's a simple fact - politically incorrect or not.
BurningBridges September 07, 2012 at 02:40 PM
But what's your point? Ok, so they're black? Black people (even the ones who live there, like my next-door neighbors) are already unconsciously profiled by you, me, our neighbors and the police when they enter our neighborhoods (since we're both reading the NDH patch, then we both probably live in similar neighborhoods.) It's human nature to highlight the one that doesn't appear to belong. In my experience however, when the ladies in my neighborhood send out their e-mails (they see everything) Hispanic individuals seem to be id'd more often than not. Regardless of our perception, when you look at the statistics of peoples race vs. criminal behavior and control for the same income strata, you'll find very similar levels of criminal activity. Unfortunately race is often the most readily identifiable characteristic of these suspects. I try to blame the individual rather than the race. My family may look white, but it has black, American Indian and hispanic in it, and from all income strata, I make sure my kids know that too, not to judge a person by their skin color or income, but by their words and deeds. I don't know what the answer is. It does make for interesting reading though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States
Brett September 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Your link didn't open for me but I believe I understand what you're trying to convey. But I have to ask what's your point? That people with better incomes, education, and opportunities are less likely to cause crime regardless of skin color? I would say that's indisputable, and I wasn't implying people have a predilection for committing crime based on skin color. I believe it's far more complicated than that, and has everything to do with income, opportunities, and most importantly - education. Do blacks generally get the short end of the stick in those areas? Yup, but hopefully that will improve as we continue to become a more integrated, multi-cultural society. In the meantime, I'm simply trying to raise a family in a safe environment and some young black males (no doubt of low income and education) make that difficult. I have black friends and know black high school kids that know this is true. They are the ones being screwed by those that offer absolutely nothing to society. It's a cultural thing and change needs to come from within. Raising the children they father would be a good start, as would acquiring the skills to be self sufficient, instead of feeding off the taxpayers in one way or another. If you like statistics, you might review the % of crimes committed by race. Or the % of young black men in prison vs. college. More needs to be done for the black community. In the meantime, it's a damn shame we have to be so concerned about where we park.
BurningBridges September 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
My point? I'm truthfully not sure where I was going with my point. I guess my radar went off when I saw your initial comment about the young black males. Based on your subsequent comments (of which I don't have any particular disagreements) I was probably hasty in my initial judgement of the direction of your comment. (There I go profiling, hah!) Thanks for the interesting comment thread!
Change and NOT in a good way September 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The source, nexus, and reason rests solely with the Section 8ing of the apartments across the street from Loehman's Plaza. In less than two years, that entire area, including the robbery location, has seen a incredible increase in transient, aimless, wandering people with no more purpose in life than to live off someone else.
Lucy Mauterer September 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Does Marriott Courtyard have no security whatsoever? I thought all hotels did.
Brett September 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I sincerely doubt the hotel pays for security. Even if they did, this occurred outside of the building and I can't imagine they'd incur the cost of that kind security. I've stayed in many hotels throughout the country and I don't believe most offer much in the way of security.

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