Warrants Issued After Suspect Strikes and Abandons Female Along Roadway

LaGrange Police have issued arrest warrants for a local man after he reportedly punched a female while driving and then abandoned her when she fled for help.

Late Wednesday night about 10:33 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police responded to the Lee’s Crossing Apartments on Old Airport Road in reference to reports of a rolling domestic disturbance.

Officers arrived and spoke to the female victim, who advised her boyfriend, Maurice Tucker, had struck her while riding in her vehicle and he abandoned her along the roadway when she sought help.

The victim explained that she and Tucker hand gone to a gathering at a friend’s house. She stated they had been drinking and at one point she stated she felt trapped in the relationship with Tucker, while talking at the friend’s residence.

She stated they left shortly afterwards with Tucker driving her vehicle and they began to argue on the ride home. Tucker reportedly became physical during the argument and hit her twice in the face, busting open her lip. She stated she then defended herself and jumped on top of Tucker, grabbed his face, and yelled for him to stop the car as they drove down the roadway.

Tucker eventually finally stopped the car near the intersection of New Airport Road and Vernon Road, which gave the victim the opportunity to escape the vehicle. She then ran to another motorist and asked to use their phone to call 911. Tucker then reportedly turned her vehicle around and came back, demanding that she get back in the car. When she refused and advised she was calling police, Tucker left with her vehicle, which contained her purse, cell phone, keys, and other belongings.

The victim stated she was then given a ride back by the two strangers who had allowed her to use their phone to call 911.

When she arrived home, she found her Dodge Charger parked outside her residence with her keys and purse inside, but her cell phone had been taken.

The victim advised that she has lived with Tucker in the past, but he no longer resides with her. She also stated Tucker has struck her and chokedher in the past as well, but she has not followed through with prosecution. The female told police she now has now had enough of Tucker’s violent behavior.

After checking the residence to ensure he was not hiding inside, officers secured warrants for Tucker’s arrest for Battery – Family Violence Act and Theft by Taking.

This incident is still under investigation.