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Assault cases keep police busy

Multiple assault cases have kept Thomson police busy during the past several days, injured at least three persons and put some behind bars.

In one of the most recent cases, police discovered a suspect lying in a bathtub, apparently hoping he would not be found.

One of the assault cases led to both parties being arrested and charged, according to Thomson Police Department Investigator Capt. J. Bridges.

The investigator identified those arrested in that case as Latrisa McNair, 35, of the 100 block of White Oak Extension Apartments and Kevin Sallywhite, 26, of the same address.

Ms. McNair and Mr. Sallywhite each were charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, Capt. Bridges said.

The assault case occurred shortly after 6 p.m. on Aug. 11. A 911 dispatcher received a call from a person in reference to a man with a knife threatening people, according to a report filed by TPD Officer Clay Hammond. The officer said Mr. Sallywhite told him that he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument.

Mr. Sallywhite admitted that both of them had knives and that when a struggle ensued, he retrieved the knife she was holding. He told police that Ms. McNair cut herself on the wrist while trying to break free from him.

Mr. Sallywhite received minor lacerations above his right eye.

Ms. McNair was taken by private vehicle to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson. She later was transferred to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta. She is now recovering from her injuries and since has turned herself over to authorities on the criminal charge she faces, Capt. Bridges said.

Sgt. Scott Whittle responded to the hospital and talked with the victim about what had happened to lead to her being stabbed. At first she told Sgt. Whittle that she had poked herself with a steak knife while washing dishes. Once Capt. Bridges arrived, she changed her story, saying she and her boyfriend argued.

Ms. McNair told police she got a knife from the kitchen and went to the bedroom with the intention of cutting Mr. Sallywhite.

In a separate assault that occurred on Aug. 8, a 38-year-old Warrenton woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle under the Family Violence Act.

Sgt. Whittle identified her as Elizabeth Hall, of the 200 block of Brown Circle. Ms. Hall also was charged with criminal trespass, records show.

Following her arrest, she was the taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

The crimes happened on the 700 block of Cardinal Street shortly before 3:30 a.m.

Sgt. Whittle responded to a call that involved a woman attempting to assault her husband while she was driving a Chrysler 300 near the dumpsters of Southern Villa Apartments.

The victim was identified as Mario Hall. He managed to escape injury.

Web posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010

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