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4 teens arrested in PTC armed hijacking

Four teens from Palmetto, Union City and Atlanta have now been arrested following an armed hijacking Saturday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot in Peachtree City.

Peachtree City Police spokesman Mark Brown said Zaviaire Baitley, 16, of 2281 Country Club Drive in Atlanta, will be held at a regional youth detention center under the charges of felony attempt to elude, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, participation in a criminal street gang, illegal drug possession and numerous traffic charges.

Investigators on Saturday night arrested 16-year-old Demetrious Watson, of Shaggy Hickory Trail, Palmetto, and Nathan Gullatte, 16, of Phipps Road, Palmetto. Both were charged with armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and participation in a criminal street gang, Brown said.

Michael Long, 14, of Lower Dixie Lake Road in Union City was arrested July 7 and charged with armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and participation in a criminal street gang, Brown said.

Brown said the armed hijacking occurred as the driver of the vehicle was exiting her car. The driver remained at the scene after the hijacking and was unharmed, Brown added. A preliminary investigation revealed that the offender was armed with a pistol and confronted the victim in the parking lot demanding her property and vehicle, said Brown

Brown said officers responded to the report of an armed hijacking in the Walmart parking lot on Saturday at approximately 2:30 p.m. As officers responded to the scene other officers set up a perimeter at the major intersections of the city.

Minutes later officers located the offender driving the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on Ga. Highway 74 from Ga. Highway 54, Brown said. The vehicle failed to yield to the officers and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. With the assistance of the Tyrone Police, Fairburn Police, Fayette County Sheriff, and the Fulton County Police, the suspect was pursued northbound on Hwy. 74 to Interstate I-85.

Brown said the offender avoided "Stop Sticks" deployed by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office in the area of Hwy. 74 at Milam Road continuing northbound on Hwy. 74. From I-85 northbound, the pursuit continued on Interstate 285. The suspect was involved in a motor vehicle collision while exiting the interstate at the intersection of Cascade Road and I-285 where he was taken into custody, said Brown.

Brown said investigators worked through the night to locate the vehicle the offender and the other suspect arrived in just prior to committing the robbery. The suspect vehicle was identified as a light gray 2002 Toyota Camry four door bearing North Carolina Tag ZVW-2181 with damage to the center of the bumper.

The Peachtree City Police Department thanked the Tyrone Police, Fairburn Police, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, and the Fulton County Police for their assistance in apprehending the suspect. If anyone has information that would assist the police department in this or any other incidents please contact 770-487-8866 or submit an anonymous tip at
www.peachtree-city.org/police "Crime Tips".

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Really earning their pay this week. Great job.

What's up with all these armed robberies / carjackings?

Same old, same old..... Obama told these thugs that they have been wronged by the Whitey that 'didn't build that'. The enabling race hustlers give them a pass time every time. No one wants to hold the diarrhea responsible for the 70 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate that plagues the community.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Must have been some witnesses to have license plate and description of the other car. Should be fairly easy to track down the other guy.
2:30 on Friday afternoon. Strange time to be out hijacking cars. Then he drives right towards his country club community? Very odd.

Live free or die!

You've got this all wrong! Don't you watch the news? Obviously, Zaviaire and his homies are members of a Tea Party youth group. They probably acted out because they're disheartened by the prospect of a second Obama term, government controlled health care, the Benghazi/IRS/gun-walking/NSA scandals, SCOTUS rulings on gay marriage, etc. Sadly, this incident will likely prevent them from attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. And I haven't heard comments from their fathers yet, but I'm certain that they are completely shocked and devastated. Ahem.

RKS's picture

[quote=Joe Kawfi]Same old, same old..... Obama told these thugs that they have been wronged by the Whitey that 'didn't build that'. The enabling race hustlers give them a pass time every time. No one wants to hold the diarrhea responsible for the 70 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate that plagues the community.[/quote]

You have access to info the rest of us do not have...you know they are people of color and you know that the President mad3 ea call to them.

What exactly are you smoking?

I hold parents of minors responsible for this stuff and I would like to see them held accoutable as well. I don't care what color they are, clearly the "village" failed to raise them right and the "village" should be held accountable for the children who did this.

kcchiefandy's picture

...as I agree the parents are mostly at fault here. Children are often a reflection of the environment of where they were raised and the values they were taught, so..., well, you do the math.

I'm not shocked... Great job to all LEO involved and glad to hear no injuries were reported... Was surprised to see his name released considering he is a juvie... Now go get the other "bad guy"...

live(d) on Country Club Drive in the Atl., eh? Such a cushy sounding address, isn't it?

Right in the lap of luxury, directly across from the Greenbriar Mall. Had not heard much about that place in a while, so checked out their website. Man, It's beeeyouuutiful.

Headline: Greenbriar Mall, Southwest Atlanta's Family Shopping Center.

Nice family oriented place. Well, until you read down the page a few inches and you have the mall headline events listed.

First up? Pregnancy Mobile Clinic! 2nd Thursday of every month 12 noon to 8pm.

Then, a few events down, right after "Be a Mall Walker", comes the ever popular and in demand Free HIV/AIDS Testing..every 2nd Friday of the month from 11am to 3pm at the MAIN ENTRANCE!

Must have taken a wrong turn, these 2, and ended up in our little alternate universe here by mistake. Who would EVER want to leave all that behind?

To be redundant, but can't be said enough. Thank you to the law enforcement who deal with this shoe-scraping dirt every day.

Wish the report listed what kind of car they took. I am curious as to what kind of vehicle attracts these kind of thugs or was it the fact that it was a woman.....

G35 Dude's picture

[quote]I am curious as to what kind of vehicle attracts these kind of thugs or was it the fact that it was a woman.....[/quote]

I'm sure that both factors as well as the fact that she was alone played a role in this person being chosen.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

all 3 charged with "Participation in a Criminal Street Gang" added to the list of other charges.

Seems little Zavi squealed like a pig. Guess you do that when you trying to be a member of 'da club.

Get Smart's picture

A future of multiple stays behind bars.

Now that all the people who decided to abandon shopping in Fayetteville in favor of the "safety" of Peachtree City have learned that criminals look for opportunities everywhere, they will have to do all their shopping from the safety of their home computer. Oh wait - that may not be secure either!

G35 Dude's picture

There is no "safe" place. Even if you stay home you could be the victim of home invasion. That is why I laugh at the gun control people when they say things like "I just won't go anywhere I'd need a gun." With Shannon Mall gone and Southlake going under these thugs need a place to go hang out and commit their crimes. They took Clayton and we're next.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

How ridiculous! My point is that no matter where you go, there is a chance something could happen. People looking for a "target" are all over the world. The lesson to remember is to be aware, use common sense, and don't assume that you are "safe" because you are in a nice area. An acquaintance of mine was raped 30 years ago in a very nice area in Asheville, N. Carolina. Mary Shotwell Little disappeared after being abducted from Lenox Square when it was a sleepy open-air shopping center in still undiscovered Buckhead.
I'm tired of people saying "they took Clayton and Fayette County is next" because they refuse to stand up for their communities instead of running. It seems to me that many places across the country that were "taken" are now homes for a new generation of singles and families. They are showing that people can live in racially diverse places and live happily. We need to look up from our smart phones and pay attention to our neighbors around us as we go about our business every day.

How ridiculous! My point is that no matter where you go, there is a chance something could happen. People looking for a "target" are all over the world. The lesson to remember is to be aware, use common sense, and don't assume that you are "safe" because you are in a nice area. An acquaintance of mine was raped 30 years ago in a very nice area in Asheville, N. Carolina. Mary Shotwell Little disappeared after being abducted from Lenox Square when it was a sleepy open-air shopping center in still undiscovered Buckhead.
I'm tired of people saying "they took Clayton and Fayette County is next" because they refuse to stand up for their communities instead of running. It seems to me that many places across the country that were "taken" are now homes for a new generation of singles and families. They are showing that people can live in racially diverse places and live happily. We need to look up from our smart phones and pay attention to our neighbors around us as we go about our business every day.

G35 Dude's picture

[Quote] See posts above. [/Quote]

LOL I guess this is what I get for trying to agree with you?

[quote]I'm tired of people saying "they took Clayton and Fayette County is next" because they refuse to stand up for their communities instead of running.[/quote]

At the risk of being chewed out again, I agree!!! LOL

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

[quote]They took Clayton and we're next.[/quote]

Not with an observant citizenry and our outstanding law enforcement! There are communities within range of the areas where criminals reside - and they are relatively safe because of their own actions and law enforcement (public and private).

It's time to leave and let them have the county, Clayton has no more room so the bleed over is coming to the once fabulous county that we loved so dear. I myself after 35 years in the county have gave in to the crime and left the state all together. Good luck to all the law enforcement in the county they will need it.

Lets look up the crime stats and compare...me thinks you may be surprised

You are a coward.

brooksdad's picture

So if a law abidiing tax paying citizen chooses to use his/her means, which they earn, to move out of an area for what ever reason...you have the nerve to call them a coward? The cowards are the trash that terrorized this lady and took her car. What is a greater shame is she was not packing, and he or they are not on a cold metal tray, breathing no more.

PTC Observer's picture

Leave if you like but consider this, the robbery high jack was not a home grown crime, it could have happened anywhere in the Atlanta area. The fact that it happened here was random but it illustrates what an involved citizenry can do to catch perpetrators.

The convenience store robber was captured in a similar way.

No sparerib, our problems will not go way by running away from them, in a civil society based on law the citizens must be involved. Diligence and enforcement go hand in hand when confronting evil, no matter from where it comes. The fact that we are capturing criminals in PTC and Fayette sends a strong signal to those that dare break the law in our community. We should demand that the Fayette County Commission put before the voters a SPLOST, to fund greater law enforcement efforts. If we want to live in a safe and viable community we will have to pay for it and we should send a clear message,"not in our house!"

One other idea, let's post at all entrances to our county and cities the estimated % of gun ownership with a % of the citizens that have a conceal carry permit. Forget about seatbelt percentages, let's just send the criminal element the message of risk in doing "business" here.

[quote]No sparerib, our problems will not go way by running away from them, in a civil society based on law the citizens must be involved. Diligence and enforcement go hand in hand when confronting evil, no matter from where it comes. The fact that we are capturing criminals in PTC and Fayette sends a strong signal to those that dare break the law in our community. We should demand that the Fayette County Commission put before the voters a SPLOST, to fund greater law enforcement efforts. If we want to live in a safe and viable community we will have to pay for it and we should send a clear message,"not in our house!"[/quote]

Excellent reply.

SPQR's picture

What you would do if you were armed and saw this going down in a Wal-Mart parking lot?

Robert W. Morgan's picture

If he had a gun in his hand and was pointing at another person -2 shots to his knee. Then if he turned toward me with his gun - 2 shots center body. These predators do not deserve to live among us.
I trail my wife when she shops (never at Wal-Mart, of course) and am fully armed and there has never been a problem. Tempted to go the Pavilion to go hunting, but the wife won't go. Nor should you. Maybe the POPO should troll for these scumbags undercover and take them down.

Actually cameras are the solution. That's how they caught the very first white convenience store robber in Fayette County.

Live free or die!

G35 Dude's picture

A knee is too easy to miss. And gives him a chance to shoot her or you. Dead center right from the start.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

or maybe a hip. After all if he's facing away from you, you don't want to shoot him in the back - if you kill him that way, he will morph into an innocent little teenager who just got in with the wrong crowd and you'll be the one in jail. The knee or the hip disables him and might save other people.

But if he turns and starts pointing at you -center mass - 2 shots. Then 2 more.

Live free or die!

Cyclist's picture

Good question.

If I was armed and was going to intercede I would analyze the situation without getting caught-up in the rush to do something immediately. Realizing that pistols are great to dispatch one of these POS thugs targeting, however, can be a little problematic beyond 20 feet for a "pea shooter" or 40 feet for a .45 ACP (a real handgun).

As always, a 9-1-1 call and keeping "eyes" on the incident is an option.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

[Quote]As always, a 9-1-1 call and keeping "eyes" on the incident is an option[/quote]

That action could prevent a 'trial'.

Cyclist's picture

If only that was the case. But now we have a trial that - as I write this - Piers Morgan is describing that it's all about race, guns and culture. You know, if the police were involved at the get-go then the headlines would have been far different. Oh well, it's in the jury's hands now.

BTW, hello from Singapore.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

wow! Do you bring home great buys for your wife? Great shopping. (Bet you don't have the time.) This Zimmerman Trial/Travon Martin is so sad. I agree with you. If the police had arrived before the observing began outside of the car - Travon would probably be alive. The law is interesting regarding this situation - but I wonder if Travon had survived, would his defense be the same as Zimmerman's? Have a safe trip back!

G35 Dude's picture

[quote]If the police had arrived before the observing began outside of the car - Travon would probably be alive. [/quote]

I don't think I've heard before, what was the police response time?

[quote]The law is interesting regarding this situation - but I wonder if Travon had survived, would his defense be the same as Zimmerman's? [/quote]

Very interesting question.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

I've been glued to the TV! We'll see tomorrow or sometime soon. I don't think the police thought it was an emergency from Zimmerman's calls - but from the 911 calls that came in from the residents. Zimmerman called the non-emergency number - and at one point told the operator that he did not see the 'suspect'. The operator thought Zimmerman was in the car. Fascinating case.

Cyclist's picture

Yes, Singapore is all about shopping. It's geared to higher end life style then say Hong Kong. But honestly, I pack light for these trips. Not a lot room for "stuff."

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

I hope to return soon - before my shopping legs give out!!!

kcchiefandy's picture

...as no crime was being committed; only a person being watched by a neighborhood watchman, due to recent criminal activity in the area. Then, two young people made two bad decisions - Zimmerman to follow & question Martin; Martin to confront and attack Zimmerman, resulting in a tragic ending.

Bang, bang, bang, bang no knee shot.....just dead center left side of chest.

same here.....no wing 'em in the knee shots from me or the others in my immediate family who also carry.....multiple shots to the widest part of their body, dead center. Maybe the punk thugs will figure it out and go back to Clayton & Henry & Fulton counties.

Anybody wanna complain about seeing cops all over the west corridor anymore? I couldn't be more proud to call this place home. Thank you guys and girls of the PD for all that you do for us. Anybody else notice that not too many major crimes go unsolved in this city?

the car they used to get to WalMart had been stolen earlier the same day in Clayton County.
There is also a 14 year old they have not found yet who was part of this.

Multiple calls to 911 from witnesses in the parking lot got the PD onto this very quickly, according to the report.

Kinda got out of the habit of carrying now that there's not much reason to visit downtown Fayettedale.

Guess this is a game changer.

brooksdad's picture

Here is proof positive they (yes they) are as stupid as they look!

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/22770448/georgia-carjacking-suspect-sl...

motyam's picture

Astounds me that these thugs made it as far as they did. I mean its 25 miles from where the vehicle was hijacked to where he was finally stopped. I'm sure the police never lost sight of the vehicle and I'm sure they were being cautious because there were hundreds of cars they passed along the way that could have gotten caught up in this crime if the police had not been smart in the way they handled the pursuit.

While I've always "felt" pretty safe in this particular Walmart because it is set so far off the road, surrounded by many other businesses and only 1 direct way of egress from the area, the bottom line, boys and girls, is that nothing substitutes for diligence, observation and general awareness of people in your surrounding area. This, alone, is a good reason to stay in your car until you finish a cell phone call because you cannot pay full attention to your surroundings while you're talking, texting, checking internet prices, etc., etc. on your phone. (And, yes, I have been guilty of all of the above, but I think it is time to stop inattentive behavior.)

Only positive comment I can come up with is that the thugs committed the crime in Fayette County, hopefully will be tried as adults and spend the rest of their days behind bars. Where were the parents of these juveniles? Do they have a father? Mother? Surely the parents if they have any knew they were members of a gang. Their parents now know they are members of a gang.
Could we ask the NAACP to concentrate on stopping gang violence instead of getting so worked up over district voting. Seems their priorities are in the wrong place

naturegrl

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Focus the NAACP on stopping gang violence. Seems like that would do a lot more to help the community instead of forcing district voting upon us. Maybe we could work out a trade - district voting will be allowed every year that there is no violent crime committed by blacks in Fayette County. They can't be penalized for the white guy last week That just wouldn't be fair.

If these NAACP people ever have the courage to come out in public - let's ask them that question. I mean even though the C and the P stand for Colored People, one could assert that keeping colored people (their term, not mine) out of gangs, out of jails and not letting 16 year olds carry guns would be some type of Advancement - that's what the A stands for - Advancement.

That being said, the kid must be a pretty good driver to avoid those stop sticks and getting as far as he did. Shows everybody can excel at something.

Live free or die!

G35 Dude's picture

The NAACP is a business. They survive only if enough people pay dues to keep them going. Therefore they must address/create the issues that the black masses will pay for. That means District Voting not putting pressure on their own to clean up their act. Even when people like Bill Cosby or Herman Cain speak on this issue they become ostracized by many other blacks.

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

The idea that blacks or "colored people" would keep the whole racism thing alive is very repellant to me. We have gone through all the punishment - reparations, affirmative action, great society, welfare, food stamps, etc. What else is expected? They want a completely black President or something? Enough already. We are done giving. Take some responsibility.

Rick Perry vs. Hillary in 2016. Either is fine with me. Just keep Joe Biden away.

Live free or die!

G35 Dude's picture

I do not want to paint a whole race of people with the same brush. But I do believe what I said about the NAACP. Once racism is really dead what do they do? Go out of business.

I'm seeing a lot of Rand Paul stuff. It feels like the Republicans may be trying to position him for a run. Personally, I'd like to see Huckabee go again. But I'm not opposed to Rick Perry. Hillary could well be the democratic nominee but I think that she is such a polarizing figure that her chances of winning would not be good.

Actually this is the last year for the "G" series. In 2014 Infinity's G37 becomes a Q50. But it'll probably be a "Z" series before I can afford another one. LOL

You can't use logic with an illogical person.

Bill Cosby has not been ostracized. (Nor has Herman Cain - who is very active in his church which is culturally African- American.) Just saying. Bill and Camille Cosby continue to be honored by the black community for their many generous contributions to Historically Black Colleges - especially Spelman (a college organized for 'black' women) which is located in Atlanta, GA. - and his outstanding TV program which shared with/and exposed America to the life of a middle-class black family. Those 'blacks' who speak against Cosby or Cain, I just want to make clear - do not represent the 'black community'. They are entitled to their opinion - and 'blacks' have different opinions and ideologies like most Americans. Thanks.

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