Man avoids carjacking

•SNELLVILLE - A Snellville man narrowly avoided being carjacked by a homeless man Sunday at Citgo Food Mart at 2595 Highpoint Road.

The victim was using a pay phone when he was approached by a "bum" who asked him for a dollar, according to a police report. When the victim said "no," the homeless man got into the victim's 1998 Honda Accord, which was parked and running next to the phone booth with the driver's door open.

The victim was able to fend off the homeless man, but not before receiving about four punches to the face, the police report stated. The suspect is described as a black man between 40 and 45 years old of medium height and build with a bushy Afro and unkempt facial hair.

Man charged with beating wife

•NORCROSS - A 25-year-old Norcross man was arrested on the Fourth of July after his roommates apparently got fed up with him beating his wife.

Residents at the Lindsey Court home told police that Armando Calderon beats his wife every day and everyone in the house is tired of it, according to a police report. Two to four families live in the house, the officer noted.

The residents stated that Calderon came home on the Fourth of July drunk "as he usually does," hit his wife in the face and kicked her in the legs and buttocks. The officer saw scratches on the wife's face and fresh and old bruises on her arms and necks.

She reportedly refused to be photographed or give a statement, telling officers she was afraid Calderon would kill her if she talked to them. Calderon was charged with battery. While being led away from the house in handcuffs, Calderon allegedly threatened to kill his brother once he got out of jail. Police filed an additional charge against him for terroristic threats.

Police arrest three in gunfight

•TUCKER - Three people were arrested on the Fourth of July after a gun battle erupted on South Norcross Tucker Road.

An officer heard multiple rapid-fire gunshots coming from townhomes at 6354 South Norcross Tucker Road and observed a group of people standing outside near a pickup truck. Upon seeing police, Nigel Greenridge, unknown age, of Tucker, allegedly threw two AK-47 assault rifles under the truck and ran toward the woods.

He was captured, but not before he managed to swallow an unknown amount of cocaine, according to a police report. Greenridge was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a sawed-off shotgun or automatic rifle, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

Two others, Shaykele Howell, 27, and Jacurry O'Neal, 20, were charged with discharging a gun on a public street. When questioned about the incident, Howell allegedly told officers "everybody was shooting," the police report stated.

- From staff reports