MOULTRIE — Law enforcement is seeking a man accused of ramming an ex-girlfriend’s car with his work truck, driving it to Florida, getting a cab ride back to Moultrie, breaking into her house and then stealing the same vehicle he had struck the previous day.
The chain of events reportedly began at about 8 p.m. Friday when Sheena Gordon, 32, was driving on U.S. Highway 319 South and noticed that she recognized a Dodge Ram pickup truck behind her that was used by her ex. After he tried to force her off the road, Gordon called 911 and drove into the Sunset Elementary parking lot to wait for police to arrive.
She reported that the truck rammed her 2004 Jeep Liberty, hitting the spare tire on the rear and the door of the truck hitting the front end of the Jeep. She told the officer that she had left her previous residence after a violent incident with the man.
The Jeep had scratches on the front bumper and a blinker light was broken.
At about 9:30 p.m., a co-worker of Matthew Lamar Schwark called their boss and told him he was following Schwark in the Dodge Ram in Leon County, Fla. In Tallahassee, the employee reported, Schwark locked the keys in the truck and left on foot.
Early Saturday, Mehrez Lassoued, a Yellow Cab driver from Tallahassee, reported to the sheriff’s office that he agreed to drive a man to Moultrie, which was a $130 fare. The man asked him to stop at a single-wide mobile home on L.B. Nevels Road, and ran when the car came to a stop.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Gordon reported that Schwark broke in a residence where she was staying in the 100 block of Gordon Road, dragged her off the couch and then kicked her repeatedly in the face and sides.
He then took the keys to the Jeep Liberty and left, she told police.
When a deputy arrived he found that a dead bolt and wood around the lock were damaged. A coffee table was broken. Gordon had injuries to her face, scrapes and swelling on her arms and complained of pain around the ribs, sheriff’s reports said.
Sheriff’s Inv. Chris Robinson said that warrants have been issued charging Schwark with burglary, theft by taking motor vehicle and simple battery. He also has past convictions on charges on charges of possession of cocaine, aggravated assault, obstruction of law enforcement officer, theft of motor vehicle or part, arson and criminal damage.
Schwark is listed on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s sex offender registry, and was convicted of child molestation in October 1998, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
In another home invasion, the alleged perpetrator was captured in just minutes when he drove straight into a Georgia State Patrol road check point.
The sheriff’s office charged Ricky Bernard Grier, 26, of 20 Kingwood Garden Drive, with kidnapping and burglary a short time after the reported attack at a residence in the 400 block of Merritt Road.
Leroy Williams of Albany and the female victim reported that a man, whom they identified as Grier, beat on different parts of the house before breaking in through a carport door at about 11 p.m.
Robinson said Grier forced the woman, his ex-girlfriend, out of the residence.
Williams told police that Grier implied that he had a gun but he never saw one.
No weapon was found at the residence or with Grier, reports said.