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Warrants Issued over Domestic Fight about Gas Money

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

LaGrange Police have issued warrants for a local man accused of holding his girlfriend against her will after she refused to give him gas money for a ride to work.

Sunday night about 9:20 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department responded to the 100 block of Cross Creek Drive in reference to a domestic disturbance.

Officers arrived and spoke with the complainant, who stated her boyfriend, Myles Barber, had held her inside their home and refused to let her leave for work after an argument over gas money.

The victim explained that Barber had originally agreed to take her to work, but the two began to argue over gas money. She stated she then told Barber to she would find another ride to work and exited his car to find another ride.

According to the victim, Barber then followed her out of the car and the argument continued onto the front porch, where he snatched her cell phone to prevent her from calling for a ride.

She stated Barber then grabbed her by her shirt and forced her back inside, where he threw her on the floor telling her she wasn’t allowed to go to work.

The two then allegedly got into a physical altercation, causing injuries to the victim’s lip and knocking a mirror off the wall.

The victim stated Barber continued to block her from leaving until she was able to eventually get her phone back and call 911. Barber then fled the scene in his vehicle.

Police say that while they were speaking with the victim, Barber continued to call her nonstop. Upon answering, Barber immediately began asking the victim if she was going to press charges and asking her not to do so because he would get ten years in prison.

When Barber learned that police were listening, he denied putting hands on the victim. He then contradicted himself, saying he did push her, but was only pushing back. He then accused her of pulling a knife on him.

The victim told police that she had only grabbed a butter knife and she was trying to scare him to get him to allow her to leave.

Barber admitted that he snatched the victim’s phone from her. He also acknowledged that the argument started over gas money.

Police confirmed a cut on the victim’s lip that she stated occurred when Barber struck her in the face. The shirt she was wearing was also ripped open down the left side.

As result of the incident, warrants were issued for Barber’s arrest for False Imprisonment – Family Violence Act and Battery – Family Violence Act.

This incident is still under investigation.

If anyone has any information on this incident, please contact the La-Grange Police Department at 706-883-2603. Anonymous tips can be left with the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Tips may also be submitted to the LaGrange Police Department via Facebook.

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