ATLANTA — The Atlanta Police Department is promising to step up patrols around the Georgia Tech campus after seven students were robbed in aggressive incidents since the start of the new year.
11Alive spoke to one of those robbery victims, Gauthier Husson, who said he was approached by two suspects the night he was robbed. Husson said he was walking toward 10th Street when a car came from behind him. That's when two men got out of the car, one armed with a gun, and demanded everything he had.
Hear the student describe the armed robbery in his own words:
Husson said he didn't get a glimpse of either suspect because they had their faces covered, because he was focused on the gun at the time.
The student, from France, told 11Alive that he had walked his usual rout before, but chose to take 10th Street that night because it wasn't as dark as the other route. When 11Alive asked whether he'd seen any police cars on the street before, he said "No, I've never seen any police man or police car in this street."
But that will soon change after Atlanta Police promised to step up patrols in the area. The department's cheif, Erika Shields, held a news conference Thursday afternoon to outline APD's plan to protect students. In the coming days, the department will mobilize more patrols and use their network of 10,000 cameras to help them track down the people responsible for the string of robberies.
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She also admitted that the department didn't do enough sooner to curb the crime. “Quite frankly, it should’ve never have reached this point,” said Shields on Thursday afternoon. “We will reign this in; we are going to make arrests; and we are going to change the narrative in this area.”
As for increased lighting in the area, Georgia Power said it will assess the area to see if improvements need to be made.