Man charged in ATM robbery scheme
LILBURN - A 32-year-old Norcross man was arrested Thursday for allegedly bilking money from the bank accounts of unsuspecting ATM customers.
Police believe Jose Adan Oropeza-Espinoza placed a jamming device into a Lilburn ATM, then followed behind customers attempting to obtain cash to withdraw money from their accounts. Oropeza-Espinoza was arrested during an early morning raid conducted by Lilburn police, U.S. Secret Service agents, DeKalb County police and Atlanta police. He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a single felony count of financial transaction card fraud.
Man charged after sidewalk nap
NORCROSS - A homeless man was arrested Tuesday after falling asleep on the sidewalk outside Chevron gas station at 6399 Spalding Drive.
Marco Antonio Depriest, 27, allegedly became belligerent when he was awakened by an officer at 1 a.m., according to police reports. He kept saying "do you know who I am?," "I stepped on you, you snake," and "I control the world and you and everyone you know is going to hell," the report said.
Depriest told the officer he is homeless, but he does what he wants. He was jailed on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Driver accused of assaulting cop
NORCROSS - A Norcross man was charged Sunday with trying to run over a police officer with his car.
An officer responding to a fight call at Huntington Village Apartments on Forest Vale Drive was walking in the parking lot when he heard an engine roar, according to police reports.
The officer saw a blue Ford F-150 heading straight for him. As he tried to move, the driver reportedly steered toward him. The officer dived out of the way and the truck missed him, striking a tree.
The driver, Marco Saucedo-Campa, 36, of Norcross, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
Arson attempt suspected in Duluth fire
DULUTH - Police are investigating an attempted arson Tuesday at a house on Interloch Circle.
The victim smelled gasoline fumes about 1 a.m. and went outside to find a fire burning on the side of her house. The flames were doused before major damage was done.
The woman told police she had recently stopped dating a man because she had a "weird feeling" about him. The previous day, the man went to a neighbor's house across the street saying his car had broken down and asking to use the phone, the report said.
He then called her and asked the victim to come out and talk to him, but she refused. On the day of the blaze, the victim got a message from the man stating he was "going to take care of business," according to police reports.
No charges had been filed at the time of the police report.
- From staff reports