Salesman arrested for soliciting

BUFORD - A salesman was arrested Monday for allegedly going door-to-door without a permit on Ellesmere Way in Lenox Park subdivision, according to a police report.

A homeowner called police to report that a salesman came to her house at 4 p.m. peddling magazines. She said she wasn't interested, and the salesman replied, "I didn't ask you if you were interested," a police report stated. The women then told the salesman to leave and threatened to call police.

As he walked away, the salesman reportedly plugged both his fingers in his ears. An officer found the man, identified as 20-year-old Nickolas Juan Young, walking down the road a short distance away. When questioned, Young said he hadn't seen the "no soliciting" sign posted at the front of the subdivision.

Drunk man flees police

BUFORD - A drunk man in handcuffs fled from police who were trying to arrest him Monday on Buford Drive.

An officer spotted an intoxicated pedestrian walking in the area of Buford Drive and Satellite Boulevard with his pants unbuttoned. Abelodo Baldess, 18, could not recall where he lived, but he became upset when the officer would not give him a ride home, according to a police report.

After the officer handcuffed him, he was looking through Baldess' wallet for identification. Baldess allegedly took off running while still handcuffed. The officer caught up to Baldess in the middle of the road and grabbed his arm, but Baldess fell down.

The officer had to drag him onto the sidewalk, the report stated. Baldess then allegedly kicked the officer twice in the leg. He was charged with public drunkenness, felony obstruction and escape.

Robbers stopped by Arby's manager

DULUTH - Two bumbling burglars were thwarted in an attempt to steal cash Monday from the Arby's restaurant at 3645 Club Drive.

The manager told police that two men entered the restaurant at 8:40 p.m. One of the men paid for food with a $20 bill. While the cashier was getting his change, the man's friend snatched the petty cash bag.

The thief took off running while his friend stood there awkwardly for a few moments, then left the restaurant. The manager followed them out to their silver Ford Explorer and put his foot under the tire to prevent them from leaving. The manager said he wasn't moving until they gave the money back.

The friend made the robber return the cash. The manager tried to write down the suspect's tag number, but the suspect snatched his pen and then sped off. The suspect who took the money is described as a slender, dark-skinned black man with dread locks, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing all black clothing.

- From staff reports