Grovetown man seriously injured after police chase
A Grovetown man remained hospitalized Thursday after he wrecked his motorcycle while trying to elude the police Monday.
Robert Blake Purdue, 26, of Reynolds Farm Road, was in critical condition at the Georgia Regents Medical Center on Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
A Thomson police officer attempted a traffic stop on a 2011 Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle ridden by Purdue at about 6:45 p.m., according to Thomson Police Department Chief John Seay. Purdue tried to elude police while speeding on Georgia Highway 221. Seay said Purdue lost control of the motorcycle, which was reported stolen in Grovetown, about 2 miles east of the Thomson Bypass. Purdue was airlifted to the hospital.
Georgia State Patrol is investigating the wreck.
Seay said Purdue will likely face several charges including theft by receiving, driving on a revoked or suspended license and fleeing and attempting to elude police.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Batteries stolen from company work trucks
Several Martinez businesses called authorities Tuesday after discovering batteries stolen from company trucks.
A Grayco Window and Door Center employee said Tuesday morning that someone stole the battery from a box truck parked in the company lot at 3833 Martinez Boulevard the previous night.
Someone also stole batteries from a panel van parked behind The Wicker Barn at 3910 Washington Road. The employee said the batteries were not under the hood, but under the body of the truck and were stolen overnight.
An employee of Baker Distributing Co. at 111 Commercial Blvd. said he was unable to crank a company truck at about 10 a.m. The battery was missing from the truck, which was parked at the business overnight.
On Wednesday, an employee of Performance Plus Transmissions at 4014 Washington Road said all vehicles were secured in a locked area on Tuesday evening. When he tried to crank a work truck Wednesday morning, he discovered the battery was missing. He also found several other vehicles had been tampered with and batteries and other parts were stolen.
Couple harassed with racial threats
An Evans woman said a man has harassed her and her husband for more than a year.
The 26-year-old woman said Monday that over the previous week, a man harassed her and her husband. She said he has done the same thing several times over the previous 18 months. She said on June 8, the man walked by her house while she and her husband were washing their vehicle in the driveway. The man yelled, “Death to Americans! Allahu Akbar!”
On Monday, the woman said she was at the intersection of Hebbard Way and Ansley Way when the man approached her on a black bicycle. The man told her, “Death to Americans and your family,” as he made a slashing motion across his throat. He then rode away. The woman said she felt the man was threatening her and she feared for her safety.
The woman said she saw the man in a green Buick Century earlier that day. A deputy ran the tag, which came back to a home in the same subdivision. The deputy found the man at his home and saw a black bicycle in the garage. The man said the bicycle belonged to his friend who lives on the same street as the couple. The deputy went to the home, but the man’s friend wasn’t home.
Woman reports online threats
A Martinez woman recently said she began receiving threatening messages days after purchasing an iPhone online.
The 30-year-old woman said she purchased an iPhone through an ad on www.craigslist.com on June 6. While trying to set the phone up on Monday, the woman said she discovered it had no SIM car. An employee of the AT&T store she took it to said the phone was likely stolen or lost and still had a phone number assigned to it.
The woman said that on June 8, she began receiving text messages from someone who said they saw she responded to an ad on www.craigslist.com. The author of the messages said he was a hit man sent to kill the woman’s husband or boyfriend. The author wrote in the messages that he would dismember the woman’s significant other, fry up the body parts and serve them with rice and butter.
The woman said she believes the purchase of the phone and the text messages are connected. She doesn’t recognize the number from which the messages were sent.