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Old 05-30-2006, 10:24 PM   #1
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unarmed citizen against a gang of robbing thugs (well, he had a pocket knife)

A former Marine who police say killed a woman that attacked him during a gang robbery attempt told reporters Tuesday he acted only to save his life.

"My first instinct was to run," said former Cpl. Thomas Autry, 36. "Those kids were younger than me. They caught me and cornered me. It was about life preservation."

"I'm sorry this whole thing happened. I hate this world has gotten to the point where it is predatory," said a shaken Autry.

The pack of would-be robbers, including a 17-year-old woman, might have mistaken the tall, thin, waiter for an easy mark, said police. But, the bandits picked the wrong victim, said Atlanta police homicide Detective Danny Stephens. The former Marine, cornered by his pursuers on Penn Avenue at 4th Street, fought back with a pocket knife in a deadly melee that left the young woman dead and a man in his late teens seriously injured at a hospital.

Autry suffered minor injuries, including a cut to his hand.

The woman, identified as Amy Martin, had just had a birthday May 10, said Investigator Mark Gilbeau with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. An autopsy was expected to be completed Tuesday. "Cause of death will be stab wounds, but we don't know how many yet," Gilbeau said.

Early reports were that Martin was pregnant, but the autopsy concluded otherwise, said the Fulton Medical Examiner's Office.

The teenager lived in an apartment at 3000 Stone Hogan Connector in southwest Atlanta, south of Greenbriar Mall near East Point, Gilbeau said. A young man also stabbed in the robbery attempt remained in critical condition, he added.

The identities of the surviving suspects, who Stephens said are believed to be linked to "a lot" of pedestrian robberies in Midtown and Virginia-Highland, were not released. They face aggravated assault and robbery charges, police said.

Autry will not be charged, Stephens said. "It was a clear case of self defense."

Stephens said Autry had left his job at the Jocks & Jills restaurant in Midtown and was walking along Penn Avenue when a blue Cadillac pulled alongside and three men, one armed with a shotgun, and the woman jumped from the car.

"This group had robbed two men on Piedmont earlier Monday night, taking a video camera and a cellphone," Stephens said.

"Autry takes off running, and they chase him. During the chase, Autry's trying to get into his backpack to get a pocket knife, which slows him down," Stephens said.

During the chase, Autry repeatedly yelled "fire, fire," which Stephens said attracted nearby residents' attention.

Grabbing the knife from his backpack, Autry managed to kick the shotgun from the man's hands and stabbed the woman in the chest, fatally wounding her. Stephens said. In the melee, Autry also stabbed one of the male suspects. Another suspect attempted to shoot Autry with a .380 pistol, which misfired, Stephens said.

The suspects ran back to the Cadillac and drove to Atlanta Medical Center, where police arrested them.

Autry, honorably discharged in 1992 after serving in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, spoke to a gaggle of reporters from the porch of his apartment about six block north of the King Center in downtown Atlanta.
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Old 05-30-2006, 10:31 PM   #2
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i luv stories like this, kick their man!! kick it! harder! yeah!!! but they kept calling that chick a woman... thats deff a girl, shes not even 18 yet!
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Kids these days just get caught up with the wrong crowds just to be so called "accepted". It really is sad.
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Too bad he couldnt stab all of them. And take their Caddy, that would be AWESOME! "I STABBED YOU IN THE FACE AND STOLE YO CAR!!"
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picked the wrong target didnt they!? Bastards and Im sure theres a slew of evidence in his defense. I woulda picked up that shotgun and gone DUKE on there !! add a few more to the morgue!
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i hope she died thinking ----- i didnt plan on this-----getting stabbed hurts, i hope she suffered, thieving ****s----i hope his survives and gets to maybe walk around the rest of his life with a colostomy bag strapped to his waste so he can smell his own and know that it stinks
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Well I AM a bit sorry that a young woman like that died in this, However the evidence is a bit too strong against them all. If she had stayed in the car she would have probably been fine. Course the news is ONLY reporting this because shes a minor. Im sure there are a few who would gladly spin it to make that exmarine look like a killer. "Oh how could he do that?" and other things are sure to be said, still if she runs with criminals she should be TREATED like one! I beleive in equality for women in EVERYTHING, do the crime you may sufer the consequences.
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