Wednesday December 21st

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 2:32 p.m., LaGrange Police observed a Marcus Martez Durham in the breezeway of one of the buildings within the Tall Pines apartment complex on Turner Street.

Officers were familiar with Durham and aware he had an active Criminal Trespass Warning banning him from the property. Police attempted to make contact with Durham in the breezeway and attempted to take him into custody, but he ignored officer’s commands and fled into an apartment to evade arrest.

Police followed Durham into the residence and he continued to attempt to avoid capture by darting into a bedroom. After giving Durham several verbal commands to come out of the back bedroom, Durham eventually complied and walked outside where he was taken into custody.

As a result, Durham, age 25, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Obstruction of Officers and Criminal Trespass.

• Friday afternoon about 12:42 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 200 block of Auburn Avenue in reference to a Residential Burglary.

Officers arrived and made contact with the female complainant, who advised sometime between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., unknown persons entered her residence and stole her 65 inch LG flat screen TV, valued at $922. The victim explained that she believes the suspect( s) entered her residence through a rear window due to it being unsecured.

The suspect(s) appeared to have gone through the entire residence ransacking it. Many drawers and cabinet drawers were left open and items were strewn throughout the bedroom and living room floors.

The victim advised the only thing that appeared to be missing is the TV.

The suspect(s) are believed to have exited the residence through the back door due to numerous items being removed from in front of the door to allow access.

Officers processed the scene for fingerprints and canvassed the area for any potential witnesses. One neighbor advised seeing two or three black males near the residence earlier in the morning, but didn’t actually see them enter the home.

This incident is still under investigation.

• Friday morning about 9:43 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Dollar General on Vernon Road in reference to Shoplifting in progress.

While en route, officers were advised that the suspects had left the area in a black in Honda Accord with significant front end damage, headed toward Lee’s Crossing Apartments.

Police arrived in the area and found a vehicle matching this description on Old Airport Road, which they followed to the apartment complex and made contact with the driver, Catherine Dana Harvey.

Immediately upon making contact with Harvey, officers observed her to have slurred speech, droopy eyes, and a frail appearance. They also observed Harvey move a Dollar General bag from her lap to the center console area.

Upon advising her of the reason for the contact, Harvey advised that she and her aunt had just gone to buy some drinks. The other female in the vehicle advised that she purchased the items in the Dollar General bag and provided police with a receipt matching those items. Officers asked Harvey if there was anything within the vehicle from Dollar General that had not been purchased, but she insisted there was not.

Both females were then searched with consent, but no stolen property was found on their person.

The aunt advised police that the two had both entered the store at the same time, but they had separated within the store and exited at different times. She stated she only went to purchase the drinks and food items, which she had paid for. She also claimed to have not known what Harvey may have been up to.

Harvey claimed she had not stolen anything and allowed police to search vehicle, insisting there was nothing illegal in the vehicle.

During the search, police located a Vibe brand LED box stereo within the front of the vehicle, which appeared to be brand new.

While police were searching the vehicle, additional officers conducted a battery of tests on Harvey due to her appearing to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic and she was ultimately determined to be unsafe to drive.

More officers responded to Dollar General and reviewed security video that showed Harvey walking out of the store with the stereo without paying. Both females were also seen concealing more items in their purses, but officers were unable to identify the merchandise.

Harvey was then taken into custody for Theft by Shoplifting and almost immediately she admitted to taking the item. She claimed to have left the store without paying for it, but only because she had was mistaken the stereo to be the strap handle of her purse. Police say she repeatedly made this claim while speaking at Dollar General in hopes of them dropping the charge. Harvey was later determined to only have one prior shoplifting conviction.

Harvey also agreed to a blood test, stating she has a prescription for Xanax and she had not done anything wrong.

Harvey was transported to the West Georgia Medical Center, where she signed consent paperwork for blood testing. Police say after several attempts were made at drawing her blood, Harvey began to fall asleep as a result of being under the influence. At this point, nurses noticed Harvey’s arms, hands, and neck to be riddled with ‘track marks’ as if she had been using drugs intravenously. Blood was drawn, but due to the degree of sleep and medical intervention needed, Harvey was admitted for treatment.

Police say the nursing staff suggested that it is possible that Harvey may have overdosed. Due to the extent of her condition, she was cited for Theft by Shoplifting and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and released to the hospital for extensive medical care.

The other passenger in the vehicle was not charged officers were unable to verify that she had actually shoplifted.

• West Point Police a responded to an incident of Simple Battery which was reported in the area of 1100 block of East 11th Street.

• West Point responded to an incident with an unruly juvenile which was reported in the area of 1400 block of Avenue K.