The sudden end to the whack-o called “the Granny Bandit” was yet another confirmation , to me at least, that we’ll always need newspapers.
We first learned as early as Tuesday afternoon on AJC.com, the Web version of my journalism alma mater, that the weird criminal who held up convenience stores and fast food joints in the metro area and died in a shootout with cops who had chased the bandit’s gold jeep, was no grandma.
Nope. Roxanne Nicole Taylor, dead at age 57, was no woman, either.
He was born Donald H. Ellis Jr. in Alabama. Efforts to find relatives in the Huntsville area as of late yesterday had been unsucessful, the AJC reported.
A pilot of small planes and helicopters, Ellis had lived under the name Roxanne Taylor since sometime in the 1990s, AJC.com reported, but had no further details. The gun play erupted after the bandit, whose gold jeep was spotted in a DeKalb County hamburger joint drive through, was chased down along Druid Hills Road.
His puffy face, caught frequently during the crime spree by surveillance cameras, resembled that of a middle aged woman.
And in each holdup, police and witnesses said,the culprit wore a UGA. ball cap.
To which I can say only: Go Gators!