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Man who shot attempted carjacker won't be charged

Man who shot attempted carjacker won't be charged

SMYRNA, Ga. – The man who shot an attempted carjacker at a Smyrna car wash said he warned the suspect several times before firing his gun.

On April 3, police say a 15-year-old boy approached a woman washing her car at the Fast Track Car Wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive and Highlands Parkway. The boy then jumped in the woman's car, locked the doors and tried to drive off.

The woman jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Seeing what happened, a Smyrna city employee pulled out his gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

The Good Samaritan told 11Alive's Valerie Hoff by phone on Monday that he repeatedly yelled for the carjacker to stop and he fired his gun because he thought the woman's life was in danger.

The man was back at work in the city of Smyrna's IT department on Monday, and is not facing any charges.

Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) -- An attempted carjacking was thwarted by an armed Smyrna city employee Friday afternoon at a car wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive at Highlands Parkway.

Police said it happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the Fast Track Car Wash. Smyrna Police Officer C.D. Graeff says a juvenile male approached a woman washing her car at the car wash, jumping into the car and tried to drive off. The victim, Graeff said, jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Graeff says that the city employee, seeing what was happening, pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

"She was on the hood. I saw the guy shoot the carjacker. Then I saw him fall out of the car and he was shaking, just holding his chest. Then he falls on the floor and that's when all the cops start pouring in," said Chris Roberts, an employee at the car wash.

Woman convicted of shoplifting with 13-year-old son

Woman convicted of shoplifting with 13-year-old son

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- An Atlanta woman has been found guilty of recruiting her teenage son to help her shoplift at Cumberland Mall.

Last week, a Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced 34-year-old Kizzy Shekivus Jenkins to 10 years -- two in prison and the remainder on probation. It was her fourth shoplifting conviction.

The crime happened Dec. 20, 2013, at the mall's Macy's department store. Loss prevention officers watched as Jenkins' 13-year-old son picked up boxes of Chanel lotion, perfume and shower gel, while his mother took a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

When the two tried to leave the store without paying for the items, the officers stopped them. Jenkins dropped the sunglasses and claimed her son took all the items, according to prosecutors.

Women sentenced for hot oil attack

Women sentenced for hot oil attack

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County women will spend time in prison after being found guilty of throwing hot cooking oil on a group of people.

Zawadi Athenails Clark, 22, of Marietta, pleaded guilty last week as her trial got underway. Myzelle Chantel Armstrong, 19, of Smyrna was convicted Friday of two counts of aggravated battery and eight counts of aggravated assault.

The attack, which happened in February 2013, was sparked by an argument between two groups of women over photos and messages posted on Instagram. One group challenged the other to a physical fight.

The fight was scheduled to take place at the Cumberland Glen Apartments in the 2300 block of Cobb Parkway. Prosecutors said when the four challengers arrived, they found the defendants armed with baseball bats and pots of hot oil.

Subway robbers pistol-whip clerk

Subway robbers pistol-whip clerk

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County police are searching for two suspects who robbed a sandwich shop and pistol-whipped an employee.

The robbery happened Wednesday at around 10:30 p.m. at the Subway in the 3600 block of Vinings Slope.

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According to police, a Subway employee was cleaning in a back room when two masked suspects burst in and demanded money. The victim struggled to open the business safe, causing the suspects to become even more aggressive.

The victim told police the suspects hit him in the face with a handgun and forced him into the restaurant's freezer. The two suspects then grabbed cash and ran from the store.

Man sentenced to life in prison for robbing Firehouse Subs

Man sentenced to life in prison for robbing Firehouse Subs

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man has been sentenced to life in prison for robbing a Cobb County restaurant last year.

Joel Stephen Easley, 31, was convicted after a three-day trial. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.

Prosecutors said Easley robbed the Firehouse Subs on Camp Highland Road near East-West Connector last Feb. 17. He grabbed an employee from behind, put a knife to the victim's throat and demanded money.

The robbery only netted Easley $255 in cash, according to the investigation.

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Easley was no stranger to the restaurant. The victim testified that Easley visited the sub shop twice before robbing it, both times for ask for food.

Man charged after driving off Cobb overpass

Man charged after driving off Cobb overpass

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A man has been charged with reckless driving after causing a multi-car accident in Smyrna Monday morning.

David Wayne Ballard, 46, is being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The wreck happened at around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Atlanta and Windy Hill roads.

Smyrna police said Ballard was driving west on Windy Hill Road when he lost control of his Mazda RX8. The car left the road, went airborne and landed on top of three other vehicles waiting at a red light.

Four people were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital after the wreck. Police said one of the patients is still in critical condition.

The accident is under investigation.