Man suspected in four gropings is also charged with assault
A Grovetown man punched a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy in the Evans Walmart parking lot and crashed into another officer’s vehicle while fleeing the store on Dec. 23, authorities said.
Javantroi Perez Walden, 34, who has been charged with groping at least four women since July at Walmart stores and a Sonic restaurant, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other charges.
According to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris, Sgt. David Heaton saw an unoccupied car in the Walmart parking lot with the engine running around 1:55 a.m. Dec. 23.
As Heaton was running the license plate, Walden walked out of the store toward the vehicle. While Heaton was trying to question him, Walden punched Heaton in the neck and drove off, Morris said.
While Heaton was chasing the car, Deputy Eddie Moseley was at the traffic light at Belair and Washington roads. Walden rammed into Moseley, causing extensive damage to both cars, Morris said.
There were no injuries and no other vehicles involved, Morris said.
Walden was out on bond from a Sept. 17 arrest on charges of groping three women at two Columbia County Walmart stores. Walden was also arrested July 3 and charged with two counts of sexual battery, accused of grabbing the breasts of a 21-year-old woman at the Martinez Walmart and a 17-year-old server at Sonic on Belair Road.
All charges are still pending.
In Sunday’s incident, Walden was charged with aggravated assault, willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer, failure to maintain lane, a safety belt violation, driving in violation of conditions of a limited permit, reckless driving, fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer for felony offense and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Morris said no incidents of groping were reported at the Evans Walmart early Sunday but that Walden is a suspect in a Friday groping at the store. Charges are pending.
The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman arrested after stabbing her husband
Columbia County authorities arrested a Grovetown woman on Dec. 22 for stabbing her husband with a butcher knife.
The couple’s neighbor called the sheriff’s office at about 2:13 a.m. after the woman’s 59-year-old husband ran to his door on Silver Run Falls seeking help.
He told the neighbor that his wife stabbed him in his right leg with a butcher knife as he slept.
When deputies arrived at the residence, the husband told them that his wife had locked the door and was cleaning up blood.
Blood was visible on the man’s pants. Authorities also saw a blood trail and pools of blood on the front porch.
The husband said he had just returned home from a trip and went to sleep in a separate room from his wife. He awoke to her stabbing him in the leg.
Sylvia Ann Collins, 45, was charged with aggravated assault and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center. She remained incarcerated on Thursday, Dec. 27, with bond set at $25,100.
Collins initially refused to open the front door to deputies but later came outside to speak with them.
Collins, who was intoxicated, said her husband was verbally abusive toward her when he came home. She said he grabbed her hand and stabbed himself.
Collins’ husband was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment of two cuts on his right leg.
The couple’s son was asleep in the home during the incident.
Three arrested for drugs during traffic stop
Three Augusta men were arrested on drug charges Dec. 22 during a traffic stop in Evans.
Troy Brenton Castleberry, 23, Christian Ben Lowe, 24, and Jimmy Lee Berrian, 22, were charged with possession of schedule IV drugs with intent to distribute in addition to other offenses Deputies pulled over their Dodge Magnum for suspicious activity.
When a deputy walked to the car he saw Lowe eating pills from a plastic bag in the back seat. All three men were told to step out of the vehicle.
Upon searching the vehicle, the deputy found a digital scale, 175 Xanax pills and a bag of broken Xanax pills that contained more than 13 grams. He also found a rifle, a pistol, three magazine clips and several bullets.
Castleberry told authorities the rifle was his. He was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in addition to the drug charge.
Lowe, who was taken to the hospital for evaluation, admitted that the pistol belonged to him. In addition to the drug charge, he was charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Berrian, who initially gave the deputy a fake name, was charged with giving a false name to police, commission of a crime by a felon through use of a firearm as well as the drug violation.
Lowe was being held on $17,800 bond, Castleberry on $13,800 and Berrian was being held without bond for a probation violation in Richmond County.
Dog struck on head dies
A Grovetown woman said her dog was killed on Dec. 21 after being hit on the head near her home.
The 48-year-old said she that when she called for her dog at about 2:30 p.m., it ran from the backyard of a residence on the 5800 block of Jaime Drive. The woman heard a loud noise coming from the backyard before the dog appeared.
The dog fell to the ground in the front yard and didn’t move.
The woman picked up the dog and carried it back to her house. It died in her arms on the way home.
Masked assailant stabs man
A man told authorities on Dec. 21 that he was attacked in Martinez by a masked assailant.
The 45-year-old said a man wearing a camouflage face mask stabbed him with a knife at about 1 a.m. on the 300 block of South Belair Road.
The man kicked his attacker and punched him in the face before he ran off.
After realizing he’d been stabbed in the upper chest near his right arm, the man drove himself to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.
Man chases off burglar
A Martinez man chased off someone who was breaking into his neighbor’s car late Wednesday.
The man said he pulled up to his house on Wakefield Lane in Martinez at about midnight and saw someone trying to use a crowbar to open the passenger door of his neighbor’s car.
The man jumped out of his car and chased the person into the woods. The suspect fell, got back up and ran toward the Cambridge subdivision.
The man stopped chasing and notified his neighbor.
He described the suspect as wearing a black hoodie with a “LAX” symbol and two lacrosse sticks. He also had on a pair of black gloves with a white design.