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Teen charged in violent carjacking, armed robberies in Atlanta

Atlanta police have charged a 17-year-old in two carjackings and armed robberies that happened in July and August.
Atlanta police have charged a 17-year-old in two carjackings and armed robberies that happened in July and August.
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A teen was arrested Thursday in connection with several armed robberies and violent carjackings in which at least two of the victims were assaulted in Atlanta.

Steven Spigner, 17, was charged with two counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, two counts of robbery by force, aggravated battery and two counts of battery, according to Atlanta police. The teen was charged in four incidents, three of which occurred only days apart, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said.

The following details were obtained from police report:

The first incident happened around noon on July 5 at 1275 Caroline St., police said. An officer responded to the scene to find the victim crying inside the Target and holding an ice pack to her face. She told police she had parked her vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, in the parking deck and had walked to the rear when she was suddenly punched in her head. She had fallen to the ground when her attacker took her purse and car keys while threatening to kill her if she moved.

The man got into the car and placed the car in reverse, forcing her to roll out of the way to avoid getting hit by the speeding vehicle. The woman said she injured her head during the incident, police said.

The second incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. on July 7 at 380 East Lake Blvd., police said. The woman told police she was getting some items from the trunk when a man jumped out of black Mercedes SUV and punched her. The woman fell to the ground and the man grabbed her purse then jumped back into the vehicle and sped towards Memorial Drive.

The third incident happened shortly before 9:50 p.m. on July 12 at Long John Silver at 450 Moreland Ave., police said.The victim said she had left her vehicle, a 2014 Ford Escape, running while she walked over to the passenger side of a friend's vehicle. The woman then saw her vehicle backing up and jumped on the hood, police said. The driver pulled out onto Moreland Avenue and drove through the teller lanes of Bank of America where the man threatened to shoot her if she did not get off the hood.

She complied and watched as the man headed east in her vehicle.

The fourth incident happened on Aug. 4 near Phipps Plaza on Peachtree Road, police said. The responding officer arrived to find the victim lying on the ground, according to the police report. She told police she had just left a restaurant and was walking to her vehicle when she was approached by two men, one of whom began punching her while the other yelled profanity and demanded her car keys. The men took her purse, jumped into her car, a BMW 5301, and drove off.

It's unclear if any of the victims who were assaulted had to be taken to the hospital.

Police have not said how they were able to link Spigner to the crimes. He was transported to the Fulton County jail, police said.