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In late March 2017, a woman was in Midtown paying for parking when a man slashed her throat, according to the Atlanta Constitution Journal.

The woman was standing at a pay station at 5th and Juniper Streets when the man tried to snatch her purse from her shoulder. This according to Atlanta Police. She resisted the man’s attempts to take her purse.

The victim claims the man told her that he would hurt her if she did not give him the purse. She continued to hold her purse.

The man allegedly took out a knife and cut her throat. The cut was approximately 5 to 6 inches deep.

He then grabbed her purse and ran.

A witness to the attack told police he ran out of the man and made him dropped the purse, according to the report. That is when the man turned the knife on him. He was not injured.

The robbery victim received 17 stitches. She’s expected to recover.

Police have no suspects and have made no arrest in the case.

Another witness claimed to see a man jump the Kindred Hospital’s back fence. She offered to help him after he fell. She learned about the attack on the woman later. It is not known whether the man who jumped the fence was the same man who attacked the woman in Midtown.

A Robbery Charge in Atlanta is Larceny Done with Force, Threat or Intimidation

Larceny is the intentional taking of property belonging to another individual. The person who takes the property does so with the intent to permanently deprive the victim of the property.

Larceny is commonly called theft. Larceny becomes robbery with it is done with force, threat of force or intimidation. In Atlanta, the penalty for robbery is one to 20 years in prison.

Armed Robbery is a Separate, Harsher Criminal Charge in Atlanta

According to Section 16-8-41 of Georgia’s Penal Code, robbery can be increased to armed robbery. Armed robbery occurs when a person intends to commit theft, or larceny. The take property of belonging to another person by using:

  • An offensive weapon
  • Device having the appearance of a weapon
  • Replica or article that could be a weapon

The penalty for armed robbery could be 10 years to life in prison. Depending on the facts of the case, the penalty could increase to life in prison or death.

Defenses to Robbery in Atlanta

Anyone accused of robbery or armed robbery have a variety of defenses available to them. Their specific defense depends on the facts of their case. Some common robbery defenses include:

  • actually innocence
  • Involuntary Intoxication. Involuntary intoxication occurs when a person drugged or slipped alcohol without their knowledge.
  • Duress. Duress occurs when a person is forced to commit the crime against their will. If they do not, they or their family will be harmed.

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