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Crimes of Cobb: Man shoots mom in jaw ‘to put her out of her misery’

This is a roundup of recent crimes of note in Cobb County. It is based on arrest warrants, police reports and jail records. At this point, these are allegations by law enforcement.

Six apples in a day didn’t keep the cops away

A Marietta man was in Cobb jail on Sept. 11, after he allegedly broke into someone’s home four days earlier.

He went into a home on Prentiss Point, near Terrell Mill Park, about 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 through the back door, according to a warrant.

Once inside, the warrant said, he ate about six apples, took a shower and charged his phone.

He was still in jail on a $10,000 bond for his burglary charge, records show.


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Feel the burn

A man in his 60s was arrested for pushing another man in his 60s off a workout machine at LA Fitness so he could use the machine,  police said.

This happened about 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Roswell Road gym, according to a warrant.

The man who was pushed got a cut to his elbow.

The suspect, who is from Marietta, was arrested on a charge of simple battery against a person who is older than 65.

He spent about 10 hours in jail before bonding out for $1,000 plus fees, records indicate.


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Concrete evidence

An Atlanta man is accused of throwing and hitting a Cobb police car with a “softball-sized piece of broken concrete,” according to a warrant.

The cop was on Austell Road turning south onto South Cobb Drive about 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 6 when the man threw the concrete and hit the right side of the car, the warrant said.

When the officer stopped and asked the man if he was OK, he replied,  “Yea, I threw a brick at your car,” according to the warrant.

As of Sept. 11, the man remained in Cobb jail without bond on his charges of terroristic threats and damaging government property, records indicated.


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That isn’t for sale!

A man is accused of stealing a woman’s pick-up truck while she was shopping at a yard sale.

The woman had left her 2005 Chevrolet Silverado running, according to a warrant, when the man hopped in and sped off.

He crashed into a light pole, police wrote, got out and headed south on Austell Road.

Jail logs show the man, who is listed as homeless, was arrested at Austell and Windy Hill roads on a charge of hijacking a vehicle. He has been in jail since with a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, records indicated on Sept. 11.


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New green flavor?

A bad brake light led police to find numerous drugs, including THC-infused “fruit loops,” according to a warrant.

A south Atlanta man was driving on Cobb Parkway about 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 27 when he was stopped for a faulty center brake light, the warrant said.

Cops said the man didn’t have a valid license and, after searching him, police claimed they found the following: marijuana in his pocket, about a gram of cocaine, one gram of MDMA (ecstasy) and the two grams of the THC-infused cereal.

Jail records on Sept. 11 showed that he remained without bond on his drug charges and traffic counts.


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‘To put her out of her misery’

A man is accused of shooting his mother in her jaw “to put her out of her misery,” said Officer Scott Luther, Kennesaw police spokesman.

She survived.

The 21-year-old skipped his evening class on Aug. 30, parked his car down the street to make it seem as if he wasn’t at the apartment and waited upstairs for an hour before his mother got home, police wrote in a warrant.

He shot her with a pistol in the lower right part of her jaw, almost hitting an artery, according to the warrant.

The woman called 911. When cops arrived, the woman answered the door in a shirt covered in blood, according to an arrest report.

An ambulance took her to a hospital. Luther said Sept. 7 that he didn’t know the woman’s condition.

“He said he couldn’t live up to her standards and wanted to put her out of her misery,” Luther said about the son’s motive for shooting his mother. 

The man remained in jail without bond as of Sept. 11 on charges of aggravated assault, jail records showed.


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