Mother applies for arrest warrant against Griffin Skate Inn security guard

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Monica Evans, the mother of a 14-year-old girl involved in recent dispute at Griffin Skate Inn, has submitted a criminal warrant application in Spalding County Magistrate Court seeking an arrest warrant for simple battery against 63-year-old Tommy Scott.

Scott, a former security guard at Griffin Skate Inn, is accused of slapping the 14-year-old girl across the face after she admittedly struck his hand, knocking his cell phone to the ground.

“I got a call from my daughter (name redacted) stating that the security guard had slap her to the ground that works at the Griffin Skate Inn. She stated that she hit the phone out of his hands and then he slap her. Witness stated that the person indeed slap her (sic all),” Evans stated in her warrant application.

Evans warrant application was signed by Magistrate Judge Sam Parks.

The incident report filed by Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Deputy D.J. Porter cited a cell phone video recording Scott produced that depicted the juvenile girl approaching him and saying, “I don’t give a f*ck about you recording,” before she slapping his hand.

Porter additionally stated the 14-year-old girl “appeared to be the primary aggressor in three incidents”  July 24 at Griffin Skate Inn, including one in which she allegedly spat on the skating rink owner, 52-year-old Bill Weatherup, and another in which she allegedly threw a rock, breaking a van window.

Porter said the juvenile said she threw the rock after the van’s occupants first threw objects at her.

The teen girl has been criminally charged in the incident. She is facing charges of simple battery and criminal trespassing.

Maj. Dwayne Jones on Thursday confirmed the SCSO investigation of this incident is ongoing.

“It would be premature to say at this point if she’s going to be facing additional charges, but we are looking into the totality of the incident,” Jones said. “We haven’t made a determination if any additional charges or any other person is going to be charged in the incident.”

The Magistrate Court hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 11 to determine if a criminal arrest warrant will be issued against Scott.
Griffin Skate Inn has been closed and the property is listed for sale.

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