Woman reportedly followed home, badly beaten during robbery attempt


The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged strong arm robbery at a Magnolia Drive residence that was reported Wednesday night.

According to the report filed by SCSO Deputy Nick Bruce, the victim, Shirley Newman, was assaulted and injured during the incident.

“Upon my arrival I met with Shirley Newman. She advised me that when she got out of her car to enter her residence, a black male approached her from behind demanding money. She advised me that she told him that she did not have any and he began hitting her,” Bruce stated.

Newman had a large amount of blood on her face and back of her head.

“She (Newman) advised me that when he struck her, she fell down and was not able to fight back,” he said.

The victim reported she had earlier left home to go shopping at Wal-Mart followed by Bowen’s Pharmacy where she noticed a man in a vehicle beside hers.

“She stated a small dark green car pulled in beside her. She advised the driver was a black male with a sock hat on. She stated that she retrieved her paper and went home. She believes this subject followed her home to assault her,” Bruce reported.

Newman was transported to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Hospital.

The victim reported nothing was stolen during the incident.

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