For more than a decade, people living in one Metro Atlanta community said they’ve been taken advantage of by a man claiming to be their neighbor in need of help.
When we began to investigate this so-called friend, we found he’s nothing more than a career criminal.
On Carter Road in Decatur, Anne Barr is on a mission. She and her dog, Roxy, are on the lookout for a man who is more than just a neighborhood nuisance.
The man’s name is Edward Jackson, better known as Jumper Cable Jerry.
“He said, ‘I need your help, I need you to jump my car off,’” Barr said. “I said I can do that, and then he said the car is up at the auto parts store so I had to give him a ride up there.”
“He’s threatened to kill me,” Jonathan Moore said.
Moore is also one of his victims who called Jackson on his bluff.
“So the next thing you know, he walks to the ditch and grabs a stick that’s six-feet long and comes waving at me with this stick and says ‘You better back off me white MF. You better back off, I’m going to F you up,’” Moore said.
Jumper Cable Jerry has been at it for years, and there’s surveillance video to prove it.
“The doorbell rang, I went and opened the door and this man was standing at my door and he said ‘Hey, I’m your neighbor. You know me, I live right over there and I wanted to borrow some jumper cables,’” Moore said.
“He was very convincing and he said ‘Can you please loan me $120 until 5 p.m.,’ so I did because I thought he was a neighbor,” Barr said.
“He goes into the parts store acting like he’s going to buy a part and then he throws his hands up and starts being all upset and comes back out to the person that brought him and says ;They told me it was $80 on the phone, but now it’s $160. Can I borrow some money because if not, I’m not going to be able to fix my car and my wife’s going to lose her job,’” Moore said.
It’s the same old spiel which most have heard about now, and Becky Stovall has even written a song about it.
“He sparked my attention,” Stovall said. “It was the historical figure of our songwriting group, and that’s who I chose as my historical figure,” Stovall said. “He’s been here since 1991 as far as I know.”
We looked into Edward Jackson and found he is no stranger to the law. DeKalb County Police have arrested him 14 times in as many years for theft, DUI and lying to officers.
And after getting out of jail last July, another warrant was issued for Jackson after he failed to appear in court on a battery charge.
“And yet, he remains at large,” Moore said. “It’s unacceptable.”
“We hang up signs and he comes right behind us and he pulls the signs down,” Barr said.
We went looking for Jumper Cable Jerry. It turns out police found him in Atlanta two months ago and took him back to DeKalb County Jail.
[Video footage of Jackson's arrests]
“We have enough to get a successful prosecution, but it’s going to be up to what the prosecutors present,” DeKalb Co. Police Maj. K.D. Johnson.
In court, victims sounded off on Jackson and the judge ultimately denied his bond. But Jumper Cable Jerry has already left his mark.
His victims will not feel comfortable until he’s locked up for good.
We were unable to reach Jackson while he’s incarcerated, but we did speak with his brother who said he has mental issues. The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office told us that Jackson has been indicted by a grand jury on felony aggravated assault, battery and theft by taking. He is also being held in jail on a probation violation.
His case will now go to trial in Superior Court.
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