When police officers arrived at the scene, they made contact with the 49-year-old male victim, who stated that he had gone to Hudson Grocery to get a drink from the vending machine.
As he was getting his drink, the victim was approached by a black male who told the victim to “get in the car,” according to a GPD incident report.
The victim further stated that when he entered the vehicle, several people started beating on him. When those people were done, they threw him out of the vehicle, the victim added.
The report noted that the victim had a swollen left eye, a swollen lip and a cut on the palm of his right hand. The victim stated he was unable to see the faces of the people beating him, nor did he know any reason why someone would jump him.
In another incident, Griffin police were patrolling along Meriwether Street Friday at around 3:50 p.m. when officers noticed a black male — later identified as 31-year-old Jeremy Barkley, of Griffin — walking behind the building of Haddox Grocery.
When officers drove up to Barkley and asked him what was going on, he ran away from them.
According to a GPD incident report, officers pursued Barkley as he was running across the railroad tracks and then south on English Street, where officers were able to catch him and place him in handcuffs.
When asked why he ran away from police, Barkley stated that he had warrants for his arrest out of Clayton County. After officers confirmed the warrant through dispatch, Barkley was placed under arrest for his outstanding warrant and for obstruction.
Barkley was transported to police headquarters on Poplar Street for processing and later taken to Spalding County Jail.