Gwinnett

Two men rob Sonic

LILBURN - Two unidentified men Sunday robbed employees at the Sonic restaurant at 396 Pleasant Hill Road.

The men threw a rock through the glass door of the business at 12:40 a.m. and entered while employees were preparing to leave, according to police reports. The men, who were wearing bandanas tied around the lower half of their faces, pointed a gun at the manager and waitress, demanding a night deposit bag.

The men fled on foot toward Brentwood Downs apartments with an undisclosed amount of money, police reports stated. The robbers are described as thin black men of about average height. One wore a red hooded sweatshirt, and the other a black hooded sweatshirt.

Georgia Department of Labor office broken into

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are investigating a break-in at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 1535 Atkinson Road, according to police reports.

Maintenance workers discovered the rear glass door had been smashed in on June 23. Several walls were damaged, gum ball machines were destroyed and fire extinguishers had been sprayed throughout the building.

There was significant damage to several walls and carpet in several rooms. The project manager was uncertain at the time of the police report whether anything had been stolen.

Man exposes himself to woman in Rugged Wearhouse

DULUTH - An unidentified Hispanic man followed a woman into the dressing room at a sportswear store Friday and exposed himself to her, according to police reports.

The woman told police she noticed a man following her around the Rugged Wearhouse at 3625 Satellite Boulevard at about 4:45 p.m. She selected some items to try on and went into the dressing rooms. The man followed her and exposed himself to her, police reports stated.

The woman began hitting the suspect to drive him away, then chased him out of the dressing room with her buggy, striking him. She chased the suspect out of the store to the corner of the building. He was last seen running toward Steve Reynolds Boulevard, the report said.

Barrow

Man arrested after allegedly attacking ex-wife

WINDER - A man was arrested following an alleged attack on his ex-wife.

According to a police report, William Harris, 41, of Buford was charged with family violence battery after he threw his ex-wife on the floor, choked her, punched her in the back of the head and kneed her in the face.

Harris told police the woman had been cheating on him, and that he had not touched her, the report said. The woman reportedly had some slight swelling over her left eye, and her neck was red.

Police came to the woman's home on Evergreen Lane about 2:50 a.m. Sunday after a third party called to report screaming, the report said. Police kicked in the door after no one responded to repeated knocking, the report said.

Woman with cuts on her wrist taken to hospital

WINDER - A woman who claimed to have both AIDS and hepatitis was taken to the Barrow Community Hospital after she allegedly cut her wrists.

The 39-year-old woman, who is homeless, reportedly knocked on the door of a trailer on Williamson Street in Winder and showed the resident there that she had cuts on her arms and was bleeding badly, according to a police report.

The woman appeared to be unconscious when police arrived at 12:18 p.m. Saturday, the report said, and had a good deal of blood on her clothing. Blood was also found on a wooden fence and on the ground leading to the trailer, according to the report.

The woman reportedly attempted to cut herself repeatedly with a piece of glass after police arrived.

Gas main break stops traffic on North Broad Street

WINDER - A gas main break on North Broad Street halted traffic Tuesday afternoon.

Cpl. Joel Lovinggood said construction crews working at North Broad Street and Williamson Street dug through a gas line about 2:10 p.m. Two lanes were closed on the road until the Fire Department could stop the leak.

Lovinggood said there was a good possibility that more leaks could occur as the Department of Transportation continues to work on the road.

"We anticipate more problems as they continue digging," he said. "It could be a repeat at any time."

Man attempts to escape police

WINDER - A man in handcuffs escaped from the back of a police car and fled on foot before he was apprehended again, a police report said.

Charlie Mahaffey, 38, of Atlanta reportedly ran from police after they pulled over the van he was driving in reference to a shoplifting incident at Dollar General in Winder.

Mahaffey was apprehended about 7:10 p.m. Friday, a police report said, and was held in the back of a police car while officers checked the licenses of four other people who were also in the van.

All five had suspended licenses, the report said, and one woman had a valid warrant for her arrest. Police reportedly located several items of clothing that had been stolen from Dollar General.

When he went back to his car, one of the officers noticed that the rear passenger door was open and that Mahaffey was no longer in the vehicle, the report said. Police chased Mahaffey on foot through several backyards, according to the report. He was reportedly able to jump several chain-link fences before he was caught again.

Mahaffey was charged with party to the crime of theft by shoplifting, escape, two counts of obstruction, driving on a suspended license and theft by taking for escaping while wearing the officer's handcuffs, the report said. He was transported directly to the Police Department and placed in a lockdown cell by himself, according to the report.

Berry Peters, 37, of Statham was charged with two counts of theft by shoplifting for incidents at both Dollar General and Ingles, the report said.

- From staff reports