Gwinnett

Man choked with chain after trying to repossess car

SUWANEE - A man was choked with a chain after trying to repossess the offender's car Tuesday.

The victim said he was kneeling down to secure a tow chain onto the vehicle he and the complainant were repossessing off Holly Meadow Drive at 8:30 p.m., when Napoleon Russ, 39, of Suwanee came to him, grabbed a chain and wrapped it around the victim's neck, according to reports.

The complainant said Russ had grabbed the chain from the van the victim and complainant were in and wrapped it around the victim's neck. He said Russ' wife came out of the house with a shotgun and said, "Who wants to get blown away first?," according to police reports.

The complainant said that was when Russ released the victim and went into the house with his wife.

Officers knocked on the door of the home and while knocking, the wife walked by the door and up the stairs. Russ opened the door and told officers that the victim had a chain with a hook in his hand and he was "only trying to defend himself," according to police reports.

Russ said he had a lawyer's letter stating he was bankrupt, but Russ could not present the document or identification. Neither could his wife. The wife said the shotgun the complainant saw actually was a crowbar.

Based on the consistency of the victim and complainant's reports, Russ was charged with aggravated assault, according to police reports.

Traffic stop turns up meth, marijuana

NORCROSS - Drugs were found after an officer pulled over a man at 11:30 p.m. May 7.

The officer had turned left onto Indian Trail Road from Interstate 85, when a white Suburban vehicle made a quick lane change from left to right, cutting off the officer, in an attempt to get on the I-85 South ramp, according to police reports.

Upon stopping the driver, David Paul Wilson, 42, of Villa Rica, the officer found that Wilson had a suspended license. The officer searched the vehicle and noticed a "small plastic baggie with a tan powdery substance" on the floorboard. The substance later tested positive as methamphetamine, according to police reports. The officer also discovered a marijuana pipe and case on the floor.

Wilson was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and having a suspended license, according to police reports.

Woman charged with theft, battery

DULUTH - A woman allegedly tried to bite a loss- prevention officer after he detained her for shoplifting Wednesday.

Danielle Barnhardt, 43, of Clarkston was seen putting clothing items in a plastic garbage bag and then attempting to leave a store off Pleasant Hill Road at 7:15 p.m., according to police reports.

When the loss-prevention officer approached her, Barnhardt dropped the bag and "got belligerent," according to the report.

The loss-prevention officer said he grabbed her arm to lead her to the office, when she began to swing her arms, trying to scratch and bite. Barnhardt told the police officer who responded that she "wasn't going anywhere with the officer" and that she was waiting for police, according to police reports.

Barnhardt was charged with theft by shoplifting and simple battery.

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Man flees from police into kudzu

FORT YARGO - A man reportedly lost police in a patch of kudzu when he ran to avoid arrest.

Lebron Smith III, 22, of Winder asked police why he was being followed when he was approached leaving Fort Yargo at 11:18 a.m. May 14, according to a police report.

When an officer who had tried to serve Smith a warrant at his home told him he was under arrest, Smith ran, the report said.

The officer reportedly got a hand on Smith but could not bring him to the ground before he lost him in a patch of kudzu. Smith later was arrested behind the Bush Chapel Church on a warrant for two counts of battery and one count each of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. He also was charged with obstruction for fleeing.

Woman allegedly assaulted by former sister-in-law

WINDER - A woman told police her former sister-in-law assaulted her when she went to her father's house.

The woman, who saw the former sister-in-law at her father's house on Atlanta Highway at noon May 10, said the sister-in-law called her a home wrecker and cursed at her before pushing her into her car, according to a police report.

The former sister-in-law was married to the woman's brother, but the brother divorced her when the woman told her brother she was having an affair, the report said.

According to the report, he two began to fight when the former sister-in-law kicked the woman. The woman's father separated them.

- From staff reports