Man charged in connection to 3 violent July attacks

Man charged in connection to 3 violent July attacks (Image 1)
Man charged in connection to 3 violent July attacks (Image 1)

A man was arrested in connection to violent attacks on three different victims in July, two of whom were shot.

Police said 36-year-old Antonio Batts was taken into custody Monday evening without incident after he was found in the 3900 block of Crouch Drive.

He is accused of shooting a man who was working on his car after Midnight on Monday on 14th Avenue North.

Batts reportedly forced the victim into the car at gunpoint, made him drive a short distance and robbed him of $14 before pistol-whipping him in the head.

He is also accused of shooting a man on 14th Avenue North on July 17.

The victim told police Batts asked to borrow money, but the victim advised he didn’t have any.

As the victim walked toward a residence, Batts allegedly pulled a gun and hit the victim in the head. The victim attempted to defend himself but was still shot in the stomach and leg.

The third incident was a shooting involving Batts’ cousin on July 7. The man reportedly refused Batts’ robbery demands and was shot in the leg.

Batts faces multiple charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and attempted murder, among others.

At the time of the crimes, Batts was free on $50,000 bond after being arrested in April on charges of aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession by a felon.

Authorities stated he has prior convictions for aggravated robbery, selling cocaine and aggravated assault.

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