Man escapes robbery attempt

NORCROSS - A man escaped being robbed Monday in the parking lot of the Bank of America at 5813 Jimmy Carter Blvd.

The victim told police he went to the bank about 12:45 p.m. to get a cashiers check for $21,000. He was about to enter the bank when an unidentified black man sprayed him with something and tried to take his money, according to police reports.

The victim clenched the money in his fist and was able to hold onto the cash. The suspect fled on foot toward Brookhollow Parkway, police reports said.

Loganville man reported missing

LOGANVILLE - Authorities are searching for a 59-year-old man who disappeared after leaving his Loganville residence to visit relatives in Florida.

Juan Cruz Claudio, 59, was last seen Monday. He is a diabetic with a history of high blood pressure, said Rachel Rawlins, spokeswoman for the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

Claudio is described as a Hispanic man, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 185 pounds.

5-year-old girl struck by SUV 'going to be fine'

SNELLVILLE - A 5-year-old girl who was struck by a sport utility vehicle while attempting to cross the street is "going to be fine," a police spokesman said Thursday.

The girl suffered only a broken leg in the collision Wednesday evening, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. The 5-year-old and her two brothers, ages 18 and 12, were standing on the opposite side of Grayson Parkway from their Falcon Ridge subdivision on Falcon Ridge Drive when the 12-year-old boy darted across the street. The girl followed her brother and was struck by a four-door Honda SUV.

Moloney said the children were walking home from a QuikTrip convenience store on Grayson Parkway when the collision occurred.

Apartment fire displaces tenants

NORCROSS - A fire in a bathroom at Park Colony Apartments temporarily displaced residents from five units Wednesday.

An apartment maintenance person was soldering a plumbing pipe in the bathroom when a fire accidentally started in the wall. Firefighters were able to limit damage to the bathroom wall. However, five other units in the same building sustained smoke and heat damage, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

- From staff reports