GPD: Man charged in City Park kidnapping, aggravated battery

Marcus Waller


An arrest has been made in an alleged kidnapping and assault in Griffin’s City Park that left one woman badly injured.

According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Terene White on March 20 sought treatment at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital for extensive injuries including a fractured nose, other injuries to her face and multiple injuries to her body.

White reported to investigators that a friend dropped her off at City Park to pick up her vehicle. She said her ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Marcus Waller, appeared and confronted her in the park.

She alleged that Waller assaulted her both as she was standing and on the ground.

Waller allegedly dragged her by her hair across the pavement, forced her into his truck and continued to beat her once inside the vehicle.

White said Waller told her he would take her to the hospital for treatment of her injuries if she agreed not to tell anyone what happened.

Authorities say Waller then dropped off the victim at the hospital, which is adjacent to City Park.

Investigators located Waller’s truck in City Park but could not locate the suspect.

His truck was impounded, and officials say items inside Waller’s vehicle corroborated White’s report.

Arrest warrants for Waller were obtained, and officials say Waller on March 25 communicated through his attorney his intention to turn himself in.

Waller turned himself in to the Spalding County Jail the following day, where he is being held on charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery, damage to property, false imprisonment, battery, simple battery and disorderly conduct.


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