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Investigators Continue Looking for Man Who Used Christmas Tree as Weapon

Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies are still looking for a local man accused of breaking a Christmas Tree to use as a weapon during a violent domestic assault.

While most of us were just settling down for the long Christmas weekend, Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies were called out for emergency service in reference to a fight that was reported to be a violent assault.

Deputies responded to Hines Road and met with the complainant who stated she was traveling in her vehicle on Willowood Road at the intersection of Hines Road when three children came screaming for help at a nearby residence.

The children, including one of her own, advised that Anthony Morris Duke was beating up a female at a residence they had just been at for a birthday party. The complainant then gathered up the kids and called 911.

Deputies arrived and found the female victim resting on a couch and she had numerous visible injuries from an obvious physical altercation. The female had swelling and cuts to her face as well as welt marks on her arm and neck. The female’s elbow was also visibly swollen and she stated she felt as if her arm was possibly broken, so paramedics were called to the scene.

When asked what happened, the female stated Anthony Duke had attacked her. The female victim explained she and Duke had been dating for about two years and they have been living together for six months. She stated that they had a birthday party for Duke’s son earlier in the evening and he left for awhile.

She stated Dukes called her when he was on the way home and she joked that she was leaving. She stated she was just kidding with him and that she couldn’t leave because she had three children to watch.

The victim stated when Duke returned to the residence he began to punch her in the face and he dragged her from her chair by her hair. He then pushed her against a wall and she fell through a glass coffee table.

The victim stated Dukes went so far as to break their Christmas tree and used the Christmas lights to hit her. She stated Dukes also poured some Dr Pepper and a beer on her and he threw the bottle at her.

Three children, all under 12 years old, were present and witnessed the incident. Deputies spoke with all three children separately and they all stated Duke entered the house and immediately started punching the female victim in the face and choked her. Two of the kids stated they saw him hit her with a bottle on her head.

All three children also stated they heard Duke tell the victim he was going to kill her.

The victim’s 8-year-old daughter stated her mother whispered for her to run and get help, so all three children climbed through a bedroom window and ran from the residence toward Willowood Road where they made contact with the adult female who reported the incident.

Duke had fled the scene long before deputies arrived, but another female on scene stated Duke had been calling her phone asking to speak with his son. While deputies were on scene, Duke called again and she put the call on speaker phone. During the call, Duke made statements admitting that he had struck the female victim.

The victim was transported to the Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center for further treatment.

Sheriff’s Investigators attempted to make contact with Duke to verify his side of the story, but he appears to be actively avoiding them at this time.

Duke is currently wanted for two counts of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, three counts of Third Degree Cruelty to Children and Interfering with an Emergency Call.

Sheriff’s Investigators are currently looking for Duke, but they say he is currently in the wind.

If anyone has any information on this incident or the whereabouts of Duke, please call 911. Information can also be left anonymously at the Troup County Sheriff’s Office at 706-883-1616 or with the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-8121000.

Information leading to the arrest of wanted suspects is often eligible for a cash reward.