Man stabbed with beer bottle

BUFORD - A man was stabbed in the arm with a broken beer bottle after a dispute Sunday at Lanier Townhomes on East Jackson Street.

The victim told police he walked up and started chatting with a group of Hispanic men in the parking lot whom he had never met. At some point, one of the men told the victim to leave, according to police reports.

The victim and the men got into an argument which escalated into at least two of the suspects breaking beer bottles and threatening the victim with them. Julio Avila, 25, of Buford, is accused of stabbing the victim in the left arm, a wound which later required stitches.

Avila was jailed on a charge of aggravated assault and providing a false name to police. Azael Martinez-Solis, 21, of Buford was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Woman thwarts purse snatcher

NORCROSS - A 41-year-old woman thwarted a purse snatcher who attacked her near her Four Seasons Apartment home Sunday.

The victim, who is a waitress, was walking to her door at 3 a.m. when an unidentified black man with a hood over his face demanded her purse. The man forced her to the ground and held a knife to her throat, but she refused to let go of the purse because it contained all her tips, according to police reports.

The robber then banged the woman's head against the building, but she continued to scream and refused to let go. A neighbor heard the shouting and came outside, scaring the suspect away.

Police brought out tracking dogs; however, they were unable to find the robber or any other evidence.

La Quinta Inn robbed

NORCROSS - Someone robbed the La Quinta Inn at 5945 Oakbrook Parkway on Thursday.

The suspect, described as a black man who is about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 220 pounds, entered about 11:30 p.m., according to police reports. He walked into the office and put a knife to the manager's side. He then demanded that the manager open the register.

The thief stole an unknown amount of cash and left on foot.

Snellville Waffle House robbed

SNELLVILLE - Two men robbed the Waffle House at 3309 Centerville Highway on Friday.

The suspects came into restaurant at 5:20 a.m. and went straight to the restroom. They emerged wearing black hooded sweatshirts with their shirts pulled up to cover their lower faces. One suspect appeared very nervous as he shakily kept his finger on the trigger, an employee told police.

He then pushed the woman out of the way and threw the register onto the floor to open it. The robbers fled in a new silver Volvo, according to police reports.


Winder residents escape armed-robbery attempt

WINDER - Two gunshots were reportedly fired during an attempted robbery last week.

A Deer Walk Drive resident called police at 9:50 p.m. Aug. 17 to report a burglary in progress, according to a police report. The two residents who were home at the time ran out the back door to a neighbor's house, the report said.

When police arrived at the scene, there was no one at the home, but the front door frame was damaged as if it had been kicked open, the report said, a shell casing was found on the stairs and a bullet hole was found in the side of the kitchen counter.

One witness told police a black man with a red bandanna covering his face had kicked in the door and was wielding a silver gun. The investigation is ongoing.

Police find man robbing home

WINDER - A man was charged with burglary after he was found in a home with objects that belonged to the owner, police said.

Melvin Jones, 36, of Winder was found inside the King Street home Monday at 12:27 p.m. according to a police report. Several items from the bedroom were found in the kitchen and bathroom, and Jones had a ring in his pocket that belonged to the resident, the report said.

- From wire reports