Weird Police Stories: Pepper-Sprayed Burglar Flees Cops; Robber Kills the Lights
Recent strange happenings in crime in Cartersville include an aggressive driving incident that ended with a slap in the face, a stun gun robbery and a beating on a bridge.
Several recent police reports chronicling strange happenings in Cartersville and Bartow County caught our eye here at Cartersville Patch.
Those weird local crime stories include:
Pepper-Sprayed Burglar Flees Police on Foot, in Car
A suspected burglar fled police, first on foot then in a car, early Thursday after officers responding to an alarm deployed pepper spray, which had little to no effect on the man.
Authorities were called to the burglar alarm at Mack's Marathon Express about 1 a.m. and saw behind the store a man wearing a red-and-white bandana, which covered half of his face, and brown gloves, according to the Cartersville Police Department incident report.
They identified the man as Kelly Joe Rainey, 26, of Cartersville. He allegedly tried to hide from police, then fled the store on foot after a pursuing officer used pepper spray on him.
The foot chase continued over a fence and to a white Honda Accord parked near Anytime Fitness, where Rainey allegedly drove off and later eluded another police officer who attempted a traffic stop.
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A short time later, police found the Honda Accord, but Rainey was not inside. Authorities collected evidence in the alleged burglary, including the bandana, gloves and a crow bar found behind the store.
Authorities issued several arrest warrants for Rainey's arrest on charges including burglary, prowling, fleeing and obstructing police and possessing tools for the commission of a crime, in addition to traffic violations.
Woman Reports Stun Gun Robbery
Bartow authorities are investigating a suspected Wednesday robbery, the victim of which reported she was choked and Tased in the face.
The 27-year-old Cartersville woman said a man, who two days prior loaned her $40 for infant supplies, came to her apartment about 9:45 p.m. to collect the money, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report.
But before the victim had time to hand over the cash, the man she knows only as "Ed" or "Eddie" snatched her purse and phone, then choked her and zapped her in the nose with a Taser or some type of stun gun.
Aggressive Driving Incident Ends with Slap in the Face
An Aragon man traveling Highway 113 in Cartersville told sheriff's deputies he was forced off the road and slapped by an aggressive driver near Taff Road shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim, 32, who was driving a van, said a Dodge Ram approached his vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed and slammed on the brakes, then its driver pulled ahead and forced the victim's vehicle to stop, according to the report.
The driver of the cream-colored truck, who the victim said had been using hand gestures simulating a gun, got out of his vehicle, slapped the victim in the face and left.
'You Do Realize I'm Going To Kill You'
A holiday weekend incident on a bridge over the Etowah River in Cartersville turned violent and ended with an alleged threat.
Police about 11 p.m. responded to a call reporting an assault in progress on the Highway 113 bridge and found a Douglasville man, 49, with cuts, bruises and apparent shoe imprints, according to the CPD report.
The victim said he had accompanied a woman there to meet her ex-boyfriend, but the man mounted an attack, punching, kicking and striking him with an aluminum baseball bat the victim had grabbed to defend himself.
The woman, who told police she was fearful of her ex-boyfriend's behavior, said he fled on foot under the bridge after he said to her, "You do realize I'm going to kill you."
She said the two were meeting to talk following a previous argument.
Robber Kills the Lights, Flees with Money
A suspected thief left a Glade Road game store in the dark, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of money in a Sunday morning robbery on Aug. 26, according to the BCSO report.
The Game Depot clerk and a witness said the Acworth store's lights went out about 11:40 a.m., creating confusion, and the robber fled on foot, leaving an empty "money basket" in the office.
The store's surveillance system captured the suspect's image, but the hat he was wearing obscured images of his face.
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