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Falcon's ex charged in bleach-dousing tirade

Latia Terry

Latia Terry

— The ex-girlfriend of Atlanta Falcon Christopher Owens was jailed in Gwinnett this week for the same destructive behavior she'd blamed on her former beau two months ago, police said.

Police charged Latia Terry, 22, for a Tuesday tirade at Owens' Buford apartment where she reportedly destroyed NFL keepsakes and doused his clothing in bleach, according to documents obtained by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

In June, Terry implicated Owens in an alleged burglary at her Lawrenceville apartment that resulted in thousands in damages and ruined designer clothing, which was also doused in bleach.

Terry contacted various news organizations -- including national gossip hounds TMZ -- alleging that Owens, the father of her infant son, was responsible for ruining her designer clothing, which she claimed was worth $15,000.

Police never called Owens a suspect in that incident, and no charges have been brought.

This week, Terry allegedly smashed shadowboxes at Owens' Mall of Georgia Boulevard apartment containing footballs and an Atlanta Falcons jersey, destroyed picture frames and poured bleach on Owens' clothing and shoes in his closet, according to an arrest warrant.

Charged with felony criminal damage to property in the second-degree, Terry was arrested by Gwinnett police Tuesday.

Owens' attorney, Randy Kessler, said his client remains committed to the son he shares with Terry. They are sorting out custody in pending court matters.

"It's unfortunate that she's elected to act in this manner. (Owens) is doing his best to insulate his child from this behavior," Kessler said. "He'll continue to try to work with her through counsel (to co-parent the child). But this certainly has not helped matters."

Terry was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $2,400 security bond the day after her arrest. She could not be reached for comment Thursday.

In June, Terry had petitioned for a restraining order against Owens, 24, that mandated he stay at least 200 yards from her and their 11-month-old son.

Those restrictions were erased when Terry dismissed the case in a family violence hearing in Gwinnett Magistrate Court.

Owens, a defensive back, is entering his third season with the Falcons after being drafted in the third round from San Jose State. He was recognized by his team in December as the Atlanta Falcon of the Year for his community involvement.