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String of racial hate crime attacks in Atlanta


They are walking down the street, often in the middle of the day with friends, when out of nowhere; they are knocked to the ground by someone punching them as they walk by.

Midtown Blue Security Patrol sent a warning Tuesday of at least four attacks. They included a mug shot of a man they say could be behind the crimes, which Atlanta police asked

“He never looked up. He never made eye contact or anything. His right arm shot out, hit my friend in the face,” the witness said.

He spoke to Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri by phone Tuesday. He said on Jan. 5, he and a colleague were walking along Crescent Avenue when a man passed by and punched his friend. He was knocked to the ground.

I spoke to a man by phone Tuesday night who says on Jan. 5 he and a colleague were walking on Crescent Avenue when a man passed by and punched his friend, knocking him to the ground.

“The guy just kept walking on. He didn’t even run, he sauntered away. Like it was nothing. Wow, yeah, it was cold,” he said.

“There was no chance for this person to protect his head or even himself so the chance for injury could be even greater in this case,” Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said.