published Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Dalton police look for female suspect in assault, robbery at Zaxby's

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The Dalton Police Department is looking for a suspect who yelled at a family in a restaurant parking lot, punched one of its members, then stole a purse before driving away, police said.

On Sept. 27 shortly after 5 p.m., one of the victims arrived at the Zaxby’s on Airport Road to pick up a woman who works at the restaurant, Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said in a news release.

As the employee got into the van, the suspect pulled up next to the car and began yelling. The victims speak Spanish and could not understand what the suspect was yelling, Frazier said.

The suspect then exited her car, hitting the passenger side of the van with her door, Frazier said. She tried to reach into the van and take the keys out of the ignition, but one of the victims stopped her, Frazier said.

That victim got out of the van to confront the suspect, and the suspect punched him in the face, Frazier said.

The other victim ran into the restaurant to ask someone to call 911, Frazier said. While she was inside, the suspect reached through one of van’s windows and took her purse, which that contained multiple items, including about $300 in cash, Frazier said.

The suspect then got back in her car and drove away.

The victims described the suspect as a heavyset white woman with shoulder-length red hair and a piercing in her bottom lip, Frazier said. One witness told police the suspect’s hair was “bright red, almost pink.”

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a blue or possibly green “boxy” car, with a partial license plate of “998 YV,” Frazier said. The victims told police they didn’t think the license plate was from Georgia, and one witness told police the car had a Tennessee tag.

Anyone with information can call Dalton Police Detective Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, ext. 168.

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Abe said...

TFP reporters: Please learn that there is a difference between a suspect and a criminal. It's Journalism 101.

You write, "That victim got out of the van to confront the suspect, and the suspect punched him in the face."

No, the suspect didn't hit anyone. In fact, as the story develops, police don't have a suspect. There is no suspect -- the police as of yet don't have a specific person they're looking for.

The assailant hit the victim.

The suspect didn't begin yelling. The assailant did those things.

Why does it matter? Because people are innocent unless proven guilty. Police tend to forget this, and police call every evil-doer a suspect, because to a police officer everyone accused of a crime did the crime -- so police fail to preserve this difference.

But journalists should know better.

Suspects don't rob banks. Bank robbers do.

October 5, 2011 at 5:14 p.m.
Echo said...

The "victim" of this crime is you and I, because we are paying the taxes for our police to respond to and file police reports for the benefit of non-English speaking, non-residents.

Did the Dalton police check to verify that the Spanish only speaking driver of the vehicle had a valid driver's licence, auto insurance, and a visa, or green card, or U.S. passport?

No. Because they are too busy pulling me over after tailgaiting my motorcycle in heavy labor day traffic with a 3000 lb police cruiser, in an effort to intimidate me to the point of making me run 10 feet into an intersection, then pulling me over to make me take a field sobriety test at 3 PM in the afternoon to justify the lack of probable cause for pulling me over to begin with.

Then the Dalton police officer starts asking to look in my knapsack which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment (answer - no, you may not search my bag), and all for a guy in full motocross gear just wanting to buy a tank of gas and go home.

Q. How much alcohol can you drink and still ride a dual sport motorcycle in the woods? A. pretty much none at all. It's hard work like running, and does not lend itself to getting loaded. That's what Harleys and quads riders were made for.

The people who work and pay taxes are getting tired of the lack of law enforcement of illegals. If you have the time to hassle a sober, two-job dad, on his only recreation day in three weeks for over an hour, you have the time to run a check on a obvious illegal alien. They load up our hospitals, health clinics, jails, prisons, and ruining our country politically and economically. Maybe the Mayor of Dalton should be replaced by someone who can refocus the police on people who don't belong in the country and not just people with out of state plates. Attention motorcyclists - It will be a long damm time before I ever buy another tank of gas, meal, or anything else in Dalton, Georgia. Don't stop here on the way to Daytona Bike Week. Avoid.

October 6, 2011 at 1:21 a.m.
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