Police/fire reports

Man accused of drunken walk on I-85

•NORCROSS - Gwinnett County police arrested an allegedly intoxicated man Sunday who was walking on the side of Interstate 85 southbound near Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Nicolas Rosario, 23, of Norcross was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, pedestrian under the influence on the roadway and failure to obey pedestrian control signals. He is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

Rosario reportedly walked into the roadway several times and almost got hit by vehicles. A police report said Rosario "could barely stand by himself."

Armed men

rob restaurant

•DULUTH - The owner of a Philly Connection restaurant at 2400 Satellite Blvd. told police Saturday night two men with scarves wrapped around their faces robbed her store.

The store owner told police she was coming out of the restroom when a man put a hand on the back of her neck and told her not to speak. The man forced her to open the cash register, and he took about $250, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

Meanwhile, another man approached the owner's son, who was washing dishes. The man pointed a gun at the woman's son and told him to put his hands up and get on his knees.

Both the woman and her son were forced to go into the store's freezer before the men left.

Robber hits man, takes $11,000

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 28-year-old man told police he was robbed Friday night in the driveway of his Sterling Pointe Court home Friday after he returned home from cashing a check worth more than $11,000.

The Lawrenceville resident told police an unidentified man pointed a gun in his face and demanded money. When the resident told the gunman he had no money, he was struck in the head and face with the gun, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

The resident told police he then gave the gunman the money from the check he had cashed.

He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.

Man struck in head at apartment

•DULUTH - A Duluth resident told police he was robbed late Wednesday night and hit in the head twice with the butt of a pistol while he was looking at apartments on the 4100 block of Satellite Boulevard with his girlfriend.

The man, who talked to police from his hospital room at Gwinnett Medical Center, suffered a skull fracture in the attack. A doctor told police some bone matter was in the man's brain, and some brain was extruding from the man's skull.

The injured man told police he was approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette. When he returned to his car to get a cigarette, he was hit in the head, a Gwinnett County police report states.

The man said he was "passed out for some time." His girlfriend drove him home, and his uncle drove him to the hospital.

Woman and dogs displaced by fire

•LILBURN - A woman and her two dogs escaped an early morning fire Sunday after flames started unexpectedly at the Kinnett Drive home in Lilburn.

According to a press release issued by Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, the fire started in the laundry room and firefighters received the call around 12 a.m.

The woman was displaced but did not receive assistance from the American Red Cross. She was assisted by family and friends.


Woman has purse snatched in store

•WINDER - Bystanders retrieved a purse moments after it was reportedly snatched from a woman's shopping cart Feb. 1 at Quality Foods, 208 N. Broad St.

The woman told Winder police officers that while she was shopping, something dropped out of her pocket onto the floor. When she bent down to pick it up, a white man in his early to mid-20s grabbed her purse from the cart and ran off.

The woman began yelling that her purse had been stolen. Several store employees chased the man into the parking lot. Another man who was getting out of his car tried to grab and hold the robber, but failed.

The purse snatcher threw down the purse and ran across East Broad Street where he was picked up by a white woman driving a gold Chevrolet pick up truck. The driver went east on East Broad Street toward Statham. A store employee got the vehicle's license plate number, which came back registered to a Dodge Intrepid.

Police continue to search for the purse snatcher. He is described as slim, about 6 feet tall, early to mid-20s with dirty blond hair wearing an orange fleece shirt.

Car catches fire near Fire Department

•WINDER - A car caught fire just outside the Winder Police and Fire Departments at 95 N. Broad St. at 8:17 p.m. Friday.

No one was injured and Winder firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. Neither the driver nor firefighters knew what started the fire, reports state.

Tree catches fire

•WINDER - A woods fire behind an Emma Drive residence brought Winder firefighters out at 7:43 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters found a large, fallen tree burning and extinguished the blaze before anything else was damaged.

Chimney burns

•WINDER - Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services extinguished a chimney fire at 5:18 p.m. Sunday. The fire was contained to the top of the chimney. No one was injured.

- From staff reports