A Moultrie man suspected in a Sunday pistol-whipping of a woman was chased down after he matched the description of a Walmart shoplifter who fled the store Monday on foot.

Police have charged Anthony Lamont Edmonds, 34, Northside Drive, in connection with both episodes.

On Sunday, Jerri Pero, 43, reported that Edmonds pointed a pistol at her and hit her in the head with the gun at about 2 a.m. The alleged assault occurred at an apartment in the 400 block of First Avenue Southeast, Moultrie Police Department reports said.

Edmonds was not arrested by police that night, but at about 2:51 p.m. Monday police got a report that a shoplifter ran from Walmart, 641 Veterans Parkway N., toward nearby the nearby Paradise Apartments.

An officer patrolling the area for the shoplifter found Edmonds, who matched the description of the shoplifter they were seeking. When taken back to Walmart, employees identified him as the person who stole merchandise valued at $25.

Edmonds told police that he fell while running from Walmart employees and possibly broke his finger. He was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center for treatment and then to Colquitt County Jail.

The hospital had no record of treating Pero, and police reports did not indicate that she received medical treatment at the scene.

Edmonds was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Sunday morning incident. He was charged with theft by shoplifting and criminal trespass from the Monday incident.

In other arrests

Moultrie Police

• Shaun William Johnson, 25, 1808 Overlook Drive Lot 4, was charged Monday with two counts of failure to appear.

• Kaleesha Reese, 27, 148-B East Mulberry St., was charged Monday with theft of services.

• Michael Awtwyann Davis, 22, 129 Lewis Road, was charged Monday with theft by shoplifting.

• Kiya Nycole Martin, 58, 2145 Hwy. 133 N., was charged Monday with probation violation.

• Carl Leon Huntley, 36, 940 10th Ave. N.W., was charged Friday with probation violation.

Berlin Police

• Jesse Duane Hutchinson, 35, 506 Clarence Jones Road, was charged Tuesday with public drunkenness.

Sheriff’s Office

• Robert Lee Chancey III, 59, 192 Weeks Ave., Norman Park, was charged Saturday with use of fighting words.


Moultrie Police

• Harrell’s Auto Electric, 620 W. Central Ave., reported Monday the theft of a multicolored beach umbrella valued at $20.

• Rufus Pits, 51, Moultrie, reported Tuesday that his driver’s license was stolen out of a shirt he left in his truck while working in the 700 block of Sixth Street Northwest.


Sheriff’s Office

• Kristin Wardlaw, 300 block Yogi Bear Road, Norman Park, reported Monday that a male acquaintance choked her during an argument.

Property damage

Moultrie Police

• Bobby King, 600 block 12th Street Southeast, reported Monday that a 2000 Ford Mustang was damaged while the car was parked in the 800 block of East Central Avenue.

• David Null, 200 block Zion Grove Church Road, Meigs, reported Monday that windows were broken on three vehicles on his property that belong to Tommy Keister.

Two juveniles admitted the vandalism, sheriff’s reports said, and their parents discussed restitution for the damage with Null. No arrests were made.

The damage was estimated at $3,000 to $4,000.


Sheriff’s Office

• Mary Draughon, 2200 block Sylvester Drive, reported Monday that someone used her personal information to open a fraudulent cell telephone account to which charges of $1,836 were made.

Other investigations

Moultrie Police

• Police were dispatched at 8:51 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of a child wandering down the street in the 900 block of South Main Street.

• Ruth Wilson, 100 block Old Doerun Road, reported that a man who called to ask for payment by debit card in order for her to claim a large sum of money became irate and used vulgar language when she refused.

Wilson told police the man then told her that he worked for the West Palm Beach, Fla., Police Department.

• Kakenisia Daniels, 1300 block U.S. Highway 319 North, Norman Park, reported Monday that a juvenile female family member threatened to stab her in her sleep.

The girl, who was taken to a youth detention facility in Thomasville, told officers she did make the threat because she was “tired of Daniels telling her what to do” and that she had to sleep on the floor because there was no bed in her bedroom.

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