At 5:12pm on August 16, Athens Clarke County Police officers responded to a “Man With A Gun” call on Sycamore Drive.
They met with two victims, a woman and a man, both with West Broad Street addresses. They told the officers they had been walking their dogs when they encountered another man who was also walking on Sycamore Drive.
As they came toward the man, the guy with the dog told police that his dog started to approach the man but couldn't because a leash restrained him. At that point, the man drew a pistol, pointed it at the two people and threatened them.
The armed man then walked away to an apartment building on Sycamore Drive. Officers were able to make contact at the apartment with the suspect, who claimed that the dog had jumped on him and torn his pants.
He admitted to having the gun and said he was afraid of dogs. Officers recovered the pistol, a 9mm semi-automatic. It had been hidden in a dishwasher.
Both victims identified the subject. Solomon H. Gatline, 49, Upson Street, Lexington, GA, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault.