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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

Fayetteville woman becomes 'upskirting' victim

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Fayette County woman says she is outraged after becoming the latest victim of a troubling trend called "upskirting" -- in which someone uses a camera or cell phone to snap lewd photos under a woman's dress.

Audra Puckett says she was shopping in a JCPenney store when the suspect crept up behind her.

"I turned my head and I saw that there was a man behind me with his hand up my skirt," she said.

According to the police report obtained by 11Alive News, the man placed "an object under her skirt." Puckett then said she "observed a flash," as if "a picture had been taken."

Puckett says she confronted and chased after the man who tried to walk out of the store.

"I grabbed him," she said. "And I had my hands digging into him as he was trying to get away."

Man falls through ceiling while trying to burglarize Kroger pharmacy

Man falls through ceiling while trying to burglarize Kroger pharmacy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police are looking for a suspect accused of trying to steal pills from a Kroger pharmacy.

The attempted burglary happened at around 9 p.m. Sunday at the store on Glynn Street.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said the suspect got in the closed pharmacy by climbing into an air vent inside the men's restroom. He crawled across a suspended ceiling and fell through it, landing in the pharmacy.

Whitlow said the suspect grabbed two bottles of pills and tried to leave through the door, but couldn't get it open. He crawled back into the ceiling to return to the bathroom, and left the store without the medications.

The suspect is described as a white man dressed in khaki shorts, a black polo shirt and tennis shoes. He was last seen getting into a black Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a second suspect.

Fayetteville teen charged with stabbing uncle to death

Fayetteville teen charged with stabbing uncle to death

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A Fayetteville teenager has been charged with fatally stabbing his uncle.

Mustafa Mahdi, 17, was charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of David John Quincy III.

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Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said Quincy was stabbed at around 8 p.m. Monday after getting into an argument with Mahdi at a house on Sylvan Loop, just off West Fayetteville Road.

Responding officers found Quincy bleeding from several stab wounds, according to Whitlow. He was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators arrested Mahdi after collecting evidence at the scene and speaking to witnesses.

Man charged with robbing CVS

Man charged with robbing CVS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with robbing a Fayetteville drugstore late last year.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said Michael MacConaugha is responsible for a robbery at the CVS on North Glynn Street on Dec. 24, 2013.

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MacConaugha, of East Point, demanded money from a CVS cashier and mentioned he had a gun. He ran from the store after receiving cash, according to Whitlow.

The suspect was eventually caught and booked in the Fayette County Jail on charges of robbery and obstruction.

Whitlow said police believe MacConaugha did not act alone. They are now working to identify more suspects and determine whether MacConaugha is behind other robberies in the area.

Conviction upheld for man who murdered wife

Conviction upheld for man who murdered wife

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the conviction and life prison sentence of a Fayette County man who murdered his wife in front of their three children.

Jesus Ojeda Jimenez stabbed Liliana Ruiz to death inside their trailer at the Landmark Village mobile home park on Jan. 20, 2012.

He was convicted of murder, cruelty to children and possession of a knife, and was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison.

Jimenez appealed, arguing that insufficient evidence was shown at his trial. But a Supreme Court of Georgia justice wrote in an opinion Monday that "the evidence was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find Jimenez guilty of all of the crimes of which he was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt."

On the day of the murder, one of the couple's three sons called 911 and said Jimenez began attacking his mother when she returned home from the grocery store.

Man charged with assaulting BP clerk during robbery

Man charged with assaulting BP clerk during robbery

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A Fayetteville man has been charged with beating a convenience store clerk and then running off with two cash drawers.

William Robert Paul, 33, is the suspect in a robbery at the BP station on North Glynn Street.

The incident happened at around 1:20 a.m. Monday. Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said investigators believe Paul demanded money from the clerk; when the clerk refused, Paul beat him in the head and face with a metal pipe, then stole the two cash drawers.

Roughly three hours later, Paul tried to rob a Fulton County Waffle House and was arrested, Whitlow said.

He is being held in the Fayette County Jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery.

The clerk was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is in good condition.