Teens arrested in Duluth carjacking

DULUTH - Three 16-year-olds were arrested Tuesday after allegedly carjacking a vehicle in Duluth and then crashing it several hours later in Lilburn.

Authorities said three teenagers were caught breaking into a car when the vehicle owner and his friend returned to Sweetwater Apartments off Club Drive at 3 a.m. The men grabbed one of the suspects, an unidentified girl, but a male suspect brandished a gun and fired two shots at them, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The two male teens then carjacked a 2001 Ford Explorer belonging to the victim's friend and fled the area, leaving their 16-year-old female friend behind, police said. Police later learned that the suspects might be at a residence on Mockingbird Trail in Norcross. They located the stolen vehicle there, but the teens managed to flee again, and officers were forced to call off the pursuit for the public's safety, Moloney said.

As the suspects continued to flee, they lost control in a curve on Tug Road where it dead-ends into Rockbridge Road. They allegedly ran a stop sign and drove the car straight into the open carport of a one-story house at 695 Rockbridge Road. Three residents who were at home were not injured, Moloney said.

The two remaining suspects were arrested after a foot chase. Hector Miguel Arellano and Jon Jacob Charles, both of Lawrenceville, will be charged as adults with armed robbery and aggravated assault. The woman will be charged as a juvenile.

Dog bites children

NORCROSS - An unleashed dog on Friday attacked a 4-year-old boy and his teenage sister walking on Edgemoor Drive in Norcross.

The sister noticed the neighbor's dog, Chicken, running up to the 4-year-old, so she picked the boy up to prevent the dog from jumping on him. The dog instead jumped up on the sister and bit the boy on the top of his head, according to police reports. The dog, of unknown breed, then bit the sister on the leg.

The 4-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics, and his sister was uninjured. The dog's owner, 24-year-old Ho Long Le, told police Chicken usually is kept in a fenced-in yard, but the fence had a hole in it. Le was issued three citations by Animal Control for failing to properly restrain the dog.

Gas station robbed

NORCROSS - Three unidentified men on Saturday robbed the BP gas station at 6360 Jimmy Carter Blvd.

The suspects entered the store about 4 a.m., walked up to the counter and pointed a gun at the clerk, according to police reports. They demanded all the money in the cash register. Witnesses said the robbers ran to the parking lot and fled in a dark blue Ford Explorer.

The suspects were all black men wearing black T-shirts, the clerk told police. One was armed with a handgun.


Men reportedly ram vehicle into car

WINDER - Two men reportedly followed a former classmate around a store before intentionally ramming their car into his unoccupied vehicle.

A 19-year-old Winder resident told police he was being followed around the Super Wal-Mart on Atlanta Highway on May 7 by two men identified as Jonathan Fountain and Jacob Metcalf. The man said Fountain had a baseball bat and was making threatening comments toward him, according to the report.

Witnesses saw the pair enter a car, then drive over a curb and hit the man's unoccupied vehicle, denting the bumper.

Man defrauded

BETHLEHEM - A man sent more than $13,000 to someone who said he needed help entering the country, then called police when the person did not arrive at the airport.

The man, who is originally from Croatia but has been in the United States for 20 years, said he received a call May 6 from a Croatian man in Aruba who said he needed $700 to get into the country, according to a police report. The man sent the money via Western Union, then sent a total of $13,278 when calls kept coming, the report said.

The man said he did not know the person he was sending money to but that he liked to help people, the report said.

Woman bites fiance

WINDER - A woman was charged with battery, simple battery and third-degree cruelty to children after she allegedly bit her fiance.

Jennifer Garcia, 28, of Bethlehem reportedly told her fiance that she has fantasies about her boss before getting mad at her fiance when he told her he had fantasies, as well.

According to a police report, the two began to fight, and Garcia scratched and bit her fiance. The fiance told police their 1-year-old daughter could hear them fighting. The argument occurred

May 9.

- From staff reports