FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lyle V. Harris
April 27, 2011 404.848.3982
MARTA Police today have announced the arrests of three additional juvenile suspects in the April 16th assault on two customers aboard a southbound train and are searching for an adult who was also allegedly involved, according to Police Chief Wanda Dunham.
As part of an ongoing investigation into the incident, police have arrested three males, ages 12, 14 and 16 who are being held in the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center in Atlanta. The juveniles, whose names are being withheld because of their ages, are charged with robbery by force, attempted robbery by force and aggravated battery.
MARTA Police have also posted a “BOLO” (“be on the lookout”) for David George Watkins, 19, of Atlanta who is being sought on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and attempted robbery and is considered dangerous (see attached). Anyone with information into the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the MARTA Police Department at 404 848-4911.
The latest arrests mean that a total of six suspects are now in custody in connection with the incident during which both victims received minor facial injuries and one was robbed of his wallet. The suspects arrested previously are Zantavious Sanchez Scott, 20, his brother, Jarquez Scott, 19 and another 16-year-old male whose name is also being withheld. The adult suspects are being held in the Fulton County Jail.
According to accounts from the victims and witnesses, the incident occurred shortly after Atlanta Police dispersed a large group of young people who had been attending a party at a club near Downtown. An unknown number of those patrons boarded a MARTA train a few blocks away at Garnett Station.
As the train headed south, several suspects confronted the two MARTA customers who were en route to the Airport Station. During the assault, the victims received minor facial injuries that did not require immediate medical attention. Their assailants exited the train at Oakland City station and fled.
MARTA Police will provide updates as the investigation progresses.
NAME: David George Watkins
RACE: Black GENDER: Male Eyes: Brown
HAIR: Black HEIGHT: 6’1 WEIGHT: 179 AGE: 19
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The above pictured suspect has active warrants in reference to an Aggravated Battery / Robbery that occurred on April 17, 2011 aboard a southbound MARTA train that departed from West End Station. Watkins is wanted for the following charges: Robbery by Force, Aggravated Battery, Attempt Robbery and Aggravated Assault. If anyone has knowledge of this suspect whereabouts notify MARTA Police.