Police have arrested a Thomson man in connection with an assault on a woman that occurred on Christmas night.
In an unrelated case, meanwhile, police still are searching for the person who assaulted another woman earlier that same night.
Thomson Police Department Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle identified the man arrested as 45-year-old Mark Gibson Sr., of the 100 block of White Oak Street Extension. Mr. Gibson was charged with one count of battery, Lt. Whittle said.
The suspect still was being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson on Monday afternoon.
The suspect is accused of assaulting his girlfriend, Sheryl Hordens, of the 500 block of Old Milledgeville Road, Thomson. Ms. Hordens received two black eyes and severe bruising about her face, according to a report filed by Police Officer Adam Dye.
Authorities discovered the victim in a bedroom after her boyfriend finally responded to repeated knocks at the door by Officer Dye. Once inside, Mr. Gibson reportedly told Officer Dye and Officer Alston Brassell that his girlfriend wasn't feeling well and couldn't make it out of bed. Officer Dye later told the man that he had received a call from Ms. Horden's niece wanting police to check on her well-being and that he would need to see and talk with her himself.
Police were taken to the bedroom where they discovered that Ms. Hordens had been injured.
Her boyfriend reportedly told police that she was injured after falling over a television set. Minutes later, police arrested Mr. Gibson.
Police were called to White Oak Extension Apartments about 8:39 p.m.after receiving 911 dispatchers received a call from Mrs. Hordens' niece, Monique Lazenby, of Thomson.
In a separate case, Officer Brassell received a call shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Christmas night to a residence on the 600 block of White Oak Street.
Natasha Gant told the officer that a man came to her home earlier and punched her in the face. She received an injury to her lip.
The victim also named the man she said hit her. As of Monday afternoon, police had not made an arrest in that case.