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Cops say battery suspect caused coma with one punch

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Scuttlebutt around the neighborhood is that it all started over a piece of candy.

Whatever the impetus, Lawrenceville police say 19-year-old Jamaree Priest punched another teen so hard this month, the victim ended up in a medically induced coma.

Police are still searching for Priest, who is charged with aggravated battery by disfiguring in the May 5 incident on Honeysuckle Drive in Lawrenceville. He allegedly walked up and decked 15-year-old Damon McQueen so hard it knocked him unconscious and caused his brain to swell.

McQueen's mother, Shaleesha Hollis, of Lawrenceville, said Wednesday that her son continues to take anti-seizure medication after suffering multiple seizures after the punch. McQueen was in a medically induced coma for longer that 24 hours to allow swelling in his brain to subside. More scans are pending, but Hollis said surgeons have told her that her son may struggle with seizure for the rest of his life.

"He is recovering, slowly but surely," Hollis said of the Moore Middle School eighth-grader, whose injuries kept him from completing the school year.

Another teen with Priest at the time said Priest lashed out because the victim "had been messing with one of (Priest's) friends," the report states.

Hollis said her son does not recall the incident and does not know Priest. A fried with McQueen at the time witnessed the assault and identified Priest as the culprit, according to a police report.

Word around the neighborhood is that Priest was initially peeved about a piece of candy, and things escalated from there, Hollis said.

"It could have been mistaken identity, or he-said, she-said stuff," Hollis said. "Evidently someone told this (Priest) guy something."

Lawrenceville police spokesman Capt. Greg Vaughn said leads have run out as to Priest's whereabouts. Police spoke with Priest's godmother in Buford, who told them he stays in Gainesville at times and with his mother in California.

"She stated that he comes and goes and lives from place to place," an officer wrote in the report.

Priest is described as a black male, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall with a slim build and puffy hair.

Comments

roaads1 1 year, 10 months ago

So one person had candy and the other person wanted to take the candy from the person that owned the candy by force ? Sounds like the federal government's system to me. You know, fair share and all.

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BurritoJones 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow. Did you really just draw a parallel between a savage assault and the government making you pay taxes? Never missing an opportunity to express your outrage at having to live in a civilized society, right? You know, Kuwait has 0% income taxes. Have you considered moving to that sanctuary of freedom and opportunity?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 10 months ago

GREAT response - Dacula didn't get it either.

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roaads1 1 year, 10 months ago

Burrito-That's what you got out of my post ? Nowhere in it did I talk about zero taxes. I simply made an accurate connection between Mr Priest thinking he was entitled to what others had and our government thinking others have a right to our stuff. I am willing to pay for services that are necessary for a civil society. Nothing wrong with that. My complaint is government that takes from the successful, hard working people that actually planned well in life through saving, working hard, and not having more family than they can afford isn't something we should get behind. Your comment "Never missing an opportunity to express your outrage at having to pay taxes" shows your ignorance of what my attitude towards taxes are. I don't want to pay for your food or housing. If you disagree then find someone that won't work, plan, or try and feed them yourself. If that sounds like I hate taxes to you then you're a fool.

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Jackson 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow. So, a person can be knocked unconscious with one punch (by an "unarmed" attacker) and have brain swelling and ongoing seizures? Hmm.

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Jackson 1 year, 10 months ago

Actually, according to the FBI UCR, in 2010, 745 persons (5.73% of homicides) were committed with only hands, fists, feet, etc. as the weapon used.

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Dacula 1 year, 10 months ago

If Barack Obama had a son, he would look like Damon McQueen.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 10 months ago

Similarly, if your parents had walked upright you might have been able to show some intelligence.

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roaads1 1 year, 10 months ago

Cleanupguy. I guess you are the superior being on this forum. Being an Obama worshiper in Gwinnett must be hard for you. Sorry man, I'll try to write slow so you can keep up. The picture is of a sponge. Again I wrote slow so you have a chance to understand the joke.

Government sponge.

Government sponge. by roaads1

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