CPD seeks info in Kay Jewelers diamond robbery
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The Cartersville Police Department is asking for help in identifying a suspect involved in a recent robbery at the Kay Jewelers, 450 E. Main St. in Cartersville.

On Oct. 31 around 6:30 p.m., a man walked into the store and asked to look at diamond rings. He asked to see a 1-carat Leo ring in particular. When he was handed the ring, which was valued at $7,000, the suspect took the ring and fled the store. According to a CPD press release, the man was seen driving a silver, four-door sedan.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing black jeans, a white T-shirt, black jacket and square-frame glasses.

CPD believes the suspect recently committed similar crimes at other Kay Jewelers stores in East Point and Snellville, as robberies at those stores also involved a man asking to see a 1-carat Leo diamond ring and fled when he had possession of it.

At the other two locations the suspect said his name was Mike and he wanted to get engaged before Thanksgiving.

CPD asks for anyone with information concerning these incidents to call the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 770-387-5690.

Suspect attempts to punch CPD officer

A CPD officer defended himself with pepper-spray and police baton the night of Nov. 2 when responding to a fight in progress.

When the officer arrived at 1400 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Room 133, the officer saw the suspect, Brandon Eric Rains, allegedly hitting a white female in the left side of her face while standing outside the room.

The officer approached Rains and told him to put his hands on the wall. Even though the officer told him several times to put his hands on the wall, according to the incident report, Rains said he was not going to do anything and said “Take some of that” as he approached the officer and swung a clinched fist in “a combative manner.”

Rains continued to threaten the officer with physical violence while the officer told him to get down on the ground. The suspect refused to comply and reportedly said he did not care if he was sprayed with pepper spray.

When Rains clinched his fists and started walking toward the officer again, the officer sprayed him in the face. However, Rains continued attempting to punch the officer in the face. The officer grabbed Rains and pushed him over the hood of his patrol vehicle. While holding him by the neck, the officer pulled out his police baton, as Rains was still attempting to punch the officer.

The officer struck Rains in his right thigh, according to the incident report, but Rains would not comply with the officer’s orders and continued trying to hit the officer. In response, according to the report, the officer “struck Mr. Rains in the face with a closed fist a couple of times.”

Rains continued to resist after the officer struck him and then began twisting his arm. A second CPD officer arrived and the two officers were able to handcuff Rains.

In the report, witnesses at the scene said Rains had been attempting to fight with them as well before the officer arrived.

Rains was arrested and charged with simple battery, felony obstruction of an officer and public intoxication.

Assault suspect struck by car

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to 741 Barnsley Road in reference to simple assault. While en route, 911 told the deputy that the suspect had been hit by a car near Rock Fence Road and Barnsley Garden Road.

When he arrived at the scene the deputy saw that the suspect was lying in a ditch and was covered with a blanket. As the deputy approached, the suspect tried to stand up and flee. While the deputy was able to get the suspect on the ground, the suspect became combative by pulling his arms away from the deputy.

The victim arrived at the scene and said the suspect was at his residence when, according to the incident report, he began to “act strange by saying he was God.” The victim also said he thought the suspect was under the influence of some type of drug.

The victim had told the suspect to leave his residence when the suspect became irate. The suspect tried to punch the victim, so the victim said he picked up a golf club to defend himself. He struck the suspect on the back with it several times, according to the report. The suspect then left the area by walking down Barnsley Garden Road.

Bartow County EMS said they were airlifting the suspect due to his injuries. They transported him to the Barnsley Gardens Resort.

According to another deputy, the driver who struck the suspect said he was lying in the roadway at the time. She said he “raised up and looked at her and then raised his feet and shook them at her.”

No charges were filed as the victim did not wish to press charges.

Cartersville Electric team to help with hurricane relief

Cartersville Electric System is going to join crews from Albany, Crisp County and LaFayette to offer hurricane recovery assistance in New Jersey, according to a Cartersville press release.

The team left the morning of Nov. 3 and included Tim Shepherd, Greg Sharpton, Tim Storey, Taylor White, Rocky Diddle, Matt Haynes and Stuart Lee, all employess of CES.

They will assist First Energy in restoring electric service.