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Victim cell phone video tracking down robbery suspect

ATLANTA -- After he was punched in the head, an Atlanta man captured video that could be the clue that lands his assailant in jail.

On March 7 just before 9 p.m., James Reed and his partner, Bryan Long, were standing on the corner of 11th and Juniper streets. The men heard continuous honking from a BMW. The men say the passenger jumped out of the cart, yelled a derogatory slur, and punched Reed in the back of the head. Reed fell into the Juniper Street traffic, but the men were able to capture the suspect's getaway on a cell phone. According to an Atlanta Police report, the incident was also captured on a Midtown Blue camera.

The suspect was described as a young light-skinned man wearing a red shirt and an Atlanta Braves hat. He got into a silver BMW driven by another man; their video clearly captures the license plate of the car. Atlanta police tracked the driver down, but he said he didn't know his passenger.

Reed and Long turned down 11Alive's request for on-camera interviews, but Long sent us this statement:

Ten months ago, my partner and I were victims of a violent assault while walking in Midtown Atlanta.

We filmed a video of the two suspects in their vehicle and immediately called 911. In the days and weeks after the assault we worked actively with the Atlanta Police Department to provide them with information -- including the suspects' license plate number -- that we thought would be valuable to their investigation and assist in apprehending the attacker.

We are thankful for recent media coverage that has raised the profile of this case and alerted the public to the fact that this case is still unsolved despite the fact that Atlanta Police has talked to the driver of the car.

I firmly believe that the criminal justice system can and should do more to resolve this case. I have no doubt that the driver of the car knows the name of his passenger and can help the police bring this case to a close and achieve justice for me and my partner.

Atlanta Police and Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta are releasing the video in hopes of tracking down the suspect. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the man in the video. Tips can be submitted anonymously at (404) 577-8477 or online.