|Published: 9:38 AM, 09/25/2013
||Last updated: 9:39 AM, 09/25/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-Two Georgia men were
arrested Friday evening after they allegedly assaulted a Sweetwater
man over a $35 debt, breaking his leg in the process.
Sweetwater Police Officer Tommy Jones
said it was around 6:30 p.m. when he talked with Caleb Smythia, who
said around 10 p.m. Thursday he was walking on Cannon Avenue, near
Sweetwater Junior High when a truck with eight people in it pulled up
Smythia said the subjects jumped him
and threw him in the backseat of the Ford Ranger. Smythia said a
Zachary James Penland, 19, Crumbly Road, Chatsworth, Georgia, held
him down by his throat and they were driven to an unknown location
off New Highway 68.
Smythia told Jones Penland and another
man named Calvin McArthur Moses Jr., 18, Morning Mist Way,
Fayetteville, Ga., pulled him out of the truck and beat him for two
hours with a baseball bat and their fists.
Smythia also said Penland held a knife
to his ear and said he would cut it off.
Jones said Smythia suffered cuts and
bruises and a broken leg from the assault.
The two suspects weren't hard to find
as Jones drove to Cannon Avenue and found them in the truck. Both
were arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated
robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Detective John Scruggs said the
investigation is ongoing and others suspects will likely be charged
in the case.
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