Decatur residents are on edge this holiday weekend after a recent rash of armed robberies.
Will Godfrey has one heck of a story to tell on this Fourth of July.
"When he pulled the trigger, I felt like it surprised him," Godfrey said.
He got a black eye this week when a thief punched him in the face and tried to steal his laptop while he was sitting in a chair in his front yard.
"Right when he gets to me I hit him in the face with a beer bottle and then he punches me in the eye and then I just squarely kicked him in the groin, I mean as hard as I possibly could and so he falls down at that point," Godfrey said.
Godfrey said it all began when two young men approached his house on Second Avenue in Decatur and asked for directions.
"The two guys started walking down the sidewalk and they get right to the end of the driveway and he says 'Hey man, do you know where the Edgewood MARTA station is?' I was like, 'yeah it's right down the street,'" Godfrey said.
Minutes later, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired the weapon, but that didn't stop Godfrey from fighting back.
"It was fight or flight and fight and flight we're all kicking in together," Godfrey said.
A day later, a similar incident happened up the street at Oakhurst Park. Two young men approached a group of women, fired a bullet into the air, then stole a cell phone and a car.
Cary Kennedy and her daughter, Olivia, heard the gunshot from their home next door to the park.
"It's just really scary. I let her go out and play on that playground all the time and it's ridiculous," Kennedy said.
To make matters worse, about an hour after the incident at Oakhurst Park, a woman was shot in the thigh and had her cell phone stolen at Gilliam Park in Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood. Godfrey says the suspects must be caught.
"I took the punch because he was going for the laptop, so he hit me on one side and he was trying to get the laptop so I swung around because he was right here to pull the laptop away from him," Godfrey said.
The Decatur Police Department plans to attend two neighborhood association meetings next week to discuss the crime wave. One at The Solarium at 7 p.m. on West Hill Street and the other at the Decatur Recreation Center on Sycamore Street at 7 p.m.
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