Police Blotter: Hixson Jogger Beaten By Men With Sticks; Women Attacked By Women At Chocolate City

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Veronica Grimes
Veronica Grimes

A frequent jogger in Hixson said he encountered several men who beat him with sticks.

Raymond Garner said he was running on Old Hixson Pike when he was approached by two black males. He said he began to get apprehensive when they split up.

He said he tried to run between them, but one of them ran at him with a large stick and hit him on the knee. The second man also approached with a stick.

The jogger said he was able to get the stick from the second man, but in the meantime, the first man was beating him with his stick.

He was able to get away and run toward Gadd Road. One of the men was following him, though he was only walking.

He said he was close to Vandergriff Park when he encountered a third man, who came up and tried to hit him.

The jogger hurried on toward Highway 153.

Police said he had minor scrapes all over his body.

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Two women told of getting beat up by other women at the Chocolate City nightclub on W. 19th Street.

Corneshia Stamper said she was approached by her sister-in-law, Kari Crutcher, and other females. She said they argued and Ms. Crutcher hit her in the face.

She said she was pushed to the floor, then dragged around by her hair, stomped on, punched and bit.

Police said she had bite marks on her left forearm and cuts on both hands as well as scratches on her neck, a cut right earlobe and two fingernails that were ripped off.

Police said a warrant was being taken against Ms. Crutcher.

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In another Chocolate City incident, Erika Hudson said she was making her maiden voyage there.

She said a female she does not know got upset at her and hit her in the left side of her face with a beer bottle. The bottle broke, causing a large laceration to her left ear.

She said she was attacked outside by the same woman and multiple others. They stomped, bit and scratched her.

A friend took her to the hospital.

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A clerk at Extended Stay America on Airpark Drive said Amber Argenbright rented room 210, but she had not seen her since. However, she said plenty of others were using the room and she suspected drug activity.

Officers checked the room and found Veronica Grimes asleep. In the room were several TVs, laptop computers and cellphones. Police said there was no indication the items were stolen.

Also in the room were crack pipes. 

Ms. Grimes, 20, said she was staying there with her boyfriend, Timothy Sims. She said she knew Amber Argenbright.

Police asked to search the unit and found two scales, a grinder, three small bags of marijuana and a small bag of crystal meth.

There was a torch next to a night stand. The fire alarm had been disconnected.

Police said they would be charging the couple with possession of drugs for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A man told police he was at the corner of Duncan Avenue and Buckley Street when he heard gunshots. He ran to take cover behind a car that was parked nearby.

He said a black male who was a rear passenger in a gray or silver sedan that was driving by extended his hand out the window and displayed a silver handgun. He said he saw him fire shots at a house at 2410 Dunan Ave.

Then, Lakeshia McAfee ran out of the house, saying, "I am tired of this."

She told police she did not think her house was hit, but officers found where a bullet had struck a window. Five .22 shell casings were retrieved from the street.

Ms. McAfee said she did not know who was shooting at her residence or why.

The shooter was described as wearing a black ball cap and with braids extending out from the cap. He was 18-20.

The driver, believed to be 16-18, was a black male wearing a red ball cap.

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A woman told police she left her purse containing $5,000 cash at Moe's on Highway 153.

She called and employees said they had found the purse in the bathroom.

The $5,000 was gone. 

   


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