2 retired NYPD officers stop woman allegedly throwing gas on MLK Jr.’s birth home in Atlanta
Two retired NYPD officers detained a woman allegedly attempting to throw gasoline on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home in Atlanta.
Police say the 26-year-old woman, dressed in all black, was pouring gasoline on the home’s front porch, windows, and bushes around 5:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the historic Auburn Avenue Historic District.
That is when two tourists from Utah spotted her and intervened, asking the woman what she was doing.
Two more men then held her until Atlanta police arrived. They told responding officers they were retired off-duty NYPD officers visiting the historical landmark.
The retired officers, brothers Kenneth and Axel Dodson, joined Eyewitness News Extra Time after returning from Atlanta, Georgia where they had been visiting family. They described how they apprehended the suspect.“We caught the tail end of it, so she starts walking away, she was all the way down the block, we hopped in the car and went after her, chased her in the backyard and the driveway and got her out,” Axel Dodson said.