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Monday September 5th

Police & Sheriff’s Reports

The individuals listed have been cited/arrested/charged in Troup County. However, this is not an admission of guilt. All parties are considered innocent until proved guilty.

• Wednesday afternoon about 12:08 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to shoplifters who had fled the store.

While en route officers detained a male near the exit towards Valley Ridge apartments, but a second black male suspect wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants continued running through the apartment area.

Officers searched the area for the second suspect, but had negative contact.

In the meantime, police relocated with the first suspect, Terence Pierre Carston, to Walmart where officers were able to review security video of him serving as a lookout for the other male, while he staged a bag filled with stolen clothing items, valued at $41.36. The other male and Carston then returned to pick up the items and proceeded to different exits.

Carston was later determined to have no prior convictions for shoplifting.

Police were ultimately unable to locate the second suspect, who had fled from officers.

As a result, Carston, age 17, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500 and Criminal Trespass.

Carston was later released from the Troup County Jail on $2,000 bond.

• Wednesday afternoon about 1 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to Guardian Insurance on Commerce Avenue in reference to a disturbance.

Officers arrived and made contact with a female for the second time that day. She stated that her husband, Julio Alexander Martinez, arrived at the business drunk and uninvited while she was at work.

The female, who police say was visibly upset, advised that she told Martinez to leave in order to prevent an incident, but he refused. She stated that as Martinez entered into the front door he began accusing her of being unfaithful and having a relationship with a subject in one of the neighboring businesses.

The victim stated he then walked towards the back office, but Martinez followed and grabbed her around the neck, pushing her. The female stated she then forced Martinez’s hands from around her neck. Police did observed marks on the victim’s neck, but she refused any medical attention.

The female stated she was on the phone with during the altercation. She advised her children also witnessed the incident, which caused her six-year-old to become upset and begin yelling.

Police spoke with the victim’s 12-year-old son, who confirmed his mother’s statements. He stated that his father was the primary aggressor and that Martinez grabbed his mother by the neck, and pushed her into the door. The older son stated he then called 911.

Police later located Martinez at a residence on Dixie Street and he was taken into custody. Martinez was given an opportunity to explain what had happened, but he claimed to have been home asleep and denied having any altercation at his wife’s place of work.

Officers say Martinez was then transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office and he was angry and used vulgar language while en route.

As a result, Martinez, age 35, was booked into the Troup County Jail and charged with Simple Battery – Family Violence Act. At press time, Martinez is being held under $2,000 bond.

• Wednesday evening about 6:03 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 400 block of Colquitt Street in reference to a Residential Burglary.

Officers arrived and made contact with the complainant, who advised that between 5:25 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., unknown person(s) illegally entered her residence.

She stated that all of her exterior windows were let down at the time and a spare key was missing from her residence. There appeared to be no forced entry through the front door, which had been left open after the incident.

The victim stated several items were missing from her bedroom including: a pair of Louie Vuitton pair shoes, valued at $1,258, a pair of black pump shoes, valued at $75, a pair of red pump shoes, valued at $75, and loose change totaling about $9.

Officers processed the location for fingerprints and canvassed the area for potential witnesses, but no one reported seeing anyone entering the residence.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Wednesday night about 8:16 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 1800 block of Murphy Avenue in reference to bank card fraud.

Police arrived and made contact the male victim who stated that his former girlfriend had made an unauthorized transfer from his debit card to one belonging to a friend of hers.

The victim stated he checked the balance on his account earlier that morning at around 9 a.m., to confirm that his disability money had been deposited, but discovered it was $250 short. He then contacted customer service for the card and learned the $250 had been transferred to another card earlier in the morning.

He then learned from the service agent that the money was sent to a card allegedly belonging a female known to be a friend of his ex.

The victim stated he did not authorize this transaction, but stated he had often given the account information to his ex when they lived together because he is wheelchair bound and it is hard for him to get around. He stated she must have copied down the banking information before they were separated.

The victim stated the banking institution is conducting a fraud investigation and they asked him to file a police report. The account has since been flagged and they are in the process of issuing him a new card number and PIN.

This incident is still under investigation.

• West Point Police responded to an incident of Theft which was reported on Spruce Street.

• Devendra Ledarius, age 24, of Valley, AL was arrested by West Point Police for Driving while Unlicensed.

• LaKeisha Davis Brewer, age 32, of LaGrange, was arrested by West Point Police for Driving without a License and Knowingly Driving a Motor Vehicle on Suspended, Canceled, or Revoked Registration.