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Police search for attacker

A Thomson woman was attacked in her apartment on Monday night.

Although no one had been arrested as of late Monday, authorities were searching for a man, believed to be the victim's boyfriend, in connection with the beating, The McDuffie Mirror learned.

Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson, identified the victim as Becky Ann Fountain, who lives in the 500 block of Pine Court Apartments, which runs off Martin Luther King Street. Ms. Fountain is believed to have been struck repeatedly on the head with an object shortly before 9 p.m., according to authorities.

A little girl reportedly witnessed the assault, but was not injured.

The 52-year-old Ms. Fountain was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Thomson Fire Department. She later was taken by ambulance to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Agent Nicholson said Ms. Fountain was conscious Tuesday morning, but remained hospitalized.

The man being sought for questioning in connection with the crime fled. Police officers along with deputies from the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department searched for him throughout the night and early into the next day.

As of Tuesday afternoon, local and state authorities still were searching for the man's whereabouts, Agent Nicholson said.

Police Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle requested the assistance of the GBI. Crime Scene Specialist Steve Foster arrived shortly before 10:30 p.m. to process the crime scene. GBI Special Agent Charles Kicklighter is working with Lt. Whittle on the case.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact the Thomson Police Department at (706) 595-2166.

Web posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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