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"Wig Wearing Bandits" Drive Bank Robberies Up

ATLANTA -- You might think there have been a lot of bank robberies from watching news recently. The FBI says you're right. What is troubling them most is the nature of those robberies. Many of them are violent with customers and employees being terrorized inside the banks.

On Tuesday, a man wearing a porcelain mask jumped over the counter at the Chase Bank on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. He had a gun and cleared out the teller drawers.

On Thursday, two men wearing hoodies stormed a SunTrust Bank on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings shouting orders and brandishing a gun. The FBI calls them "Takeover Robberies". They are the kind that grabs media attention and yours.

Buckhead Robber Thrwarted by Pistol-packing Cabbie

 

Imran Mehdi is a driver for Buckhead Safety Cab.  Stopped at a traffic light in Buckhead, a man he thought was a customer asked for a ride to Lenox.

"I picked him up and he said, 'take me to the ATM first,'" Mehdi told 11 Alive News.

"However when he got out of the cab, he went directly inside the bank," said APD Sgt. Tommie Collins.
 
"He went inside with a paper bag.  So that tipped me off," said Mehdi.
 

The cab driver says his passenger went into the bank and returned within seconds.   Brandishing a pistol, the cabdriver says the passenger forced his way back into the cab.

But the cabdriver had a weapon of his own.

Imran Mehdi says the passenger-turned-bank robber pointed a gun at him and told him to drive.  But Mehdi pulled his Ruger P-89 semi-automatic pistol, and the passenger made an abrupt exit from the cab.

 

New Course for 2010 Atlanta Half Marathon

The Atlanta Track Club announced a new course for the 2010 Atlanta Half Marathon that will take place on Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving Day.  The Atlanta Half Marathon, which previously started on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Chamblee and finished just outside of Turner Field on Hank Aaron Drive, will now boast a new course that starts and finishes outside of Turner Field and takes participants through areas of Atlanta including Downtown, Atlantic Station, Midtown and Cabbagetown. 

The new 13.1 mile course provides a taste of Atlanta as participants pass by well-known Atlanta landmarks such as Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park, Oakland Cemetery, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Georgia State Capitol and under the Olympic Rings.

“We are really excited about the changes that we’ve made to the Atlanta Half Marathon course,” commented Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.  “Not only will Atlanta Half Marathon participants

One Arrested in Buckhead Bank Robbery

ATLANTA -- Police officers responded late this morning to a reported bank robbery at a SunTrust Bank branch at 3020 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Eyewitnesses said gunfire broke out between the bank robbery suspect and a bystander. 11Alive's Doug Richards said they bystander was a cab driver who had stopped next to the bank.

It appears the bank robber wanted to use the taxicab as a getaway vehicle, and that the driver resisted - with firepower. Police took the robbery suspect into custody along with his weapon.

No injuries were reported.

 

World Cup In Atlanta? Maybe.

Atlanta, GA – Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of sports enthusiasts and community leaders gathered with international and national soccer officials in New York City on Monday to support the United States’ bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The group was also there to promote Atlanta as one of the potential 18 host cities.  Joining the Mayor in New York were Gary Stokan, Atlanta World Cup organizing committee chairman, Frank Poe, Georgia World Congress Center executive director and Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president. 

The U.S. Bid Committee hosted a reception in New York City to welcome the FIFA Inspection Delegation to the United States.  FIFA, the world soccer federation, visited New York City to examine America’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.  The United States is among 10 nations bidding for the World Cup.  The announcement is expected to come on Dec. 2, 2010.  If the U.S.

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.