According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the pair was walking to the Collins Point apartments between Lowes and Rue 21. The girlfriend, speaking through her boyfriend as she could not speak enough English to make a statement, said she saw a young black male with a camouflage bandanna on his face standing at the corner of Lowes near the trail leading to the apartments. She said she was suspicious because of his bandanna and how he was looking back and forth as though he was seeing if anyone else was coming.
The girlfriend said the man allegedly pulled out what she thought was a black revolver and pressed it against her right side. He reportedly demanded her purse. The suspect allegedly took both her purse and her boyfriend’s mother’s purse before fleeing the scene on foot toward Felton Road.
After the robbery, the two women went back to their apartment and talked to the complaintant. He said he ran back to the scene but he could not find the suspect.
However, according to the report, the complaintant found an older man walking around with the women’s purses under his arm. When the complaintant confronted the man, he said he found them lying on the ground roughly 50 yards from where the robbery allegedly took place.
The complaintant took the purses back, but the suspect took his girlfriend’s wallet from her purse and $55 from his mother’s purse. The girlfriend said her wallet contained $300 cash and her Mexico Consulate card when it was stolen, according to the report.
The deputy searched area where the suspect fled, but did not see any items of interest. The suspect, still at large, is described as a black male 6 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, in his 20s, with a short haircut and wearing a black T-shirt, dark blue jeans, black athletic shoes and a camouflage bandanna.
Child found wandering hallway, mother later arrested
A 4-year-old child was found wandering the hallway of a Cartersville hotel Sunday morning, which led to his mother’s arrest.
A Cartersville police officer was called to the hotel, but when he tried to speak with the juvenile, the child refused. The desk clerk said, according to the incident report, the child’s mother was possibly in room 314.
The officer found the room and attempted to make contact with the guest, but did not succeed after approximately 20 minutes. The manager reportedly used his room key to open the door for a welfare check.
Once inside, the officer saw a 6-year-old juvenile on a pull-out sofa in the living room area. In the bedroom, Jason Edge and Haley Welch were found asleep on the bed. According to the report, the officer saw a small, clear plastic corner baggie of suspected methamphetamine in plain view on the left side of the bed. Next to the baggie, the officer reportedly saw a glass pipe containing suspected meth residue.
After several attempts to wake Edge and Welch, the deputy was able to question Welch on how many children she had. Welch said she had two sons. When asked where they were, Welch said they were not with her. After the officer pointed out the 6-year-old juvenile in the room, she said she did have her children with her, but she did not know where her 4-year-old son was, according to the report. The officer placed Edge and Welch under arrest.
As he was gathering Edge’s clothes so he could get dressed, the officer reportedly found a baggie of suspected marijuana in the right front pocket of his shorts.
Welch was charged with possession of meth, possession of drug-related objects and reckless conduct. Edge was charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of drug-related objects.
Both Welch and Edge was transported to the Cartersville Police Department and later the Bartow County Jail without incident.