Machete incident involves two tales

by Wes Mayer

A night of drinking and playing dice turned bloody when a machete became involved early Friday, according to Newnan authorities.

Around 12:40 a.m. Friday, Officer Doug Jones with the Newnan Police Department responded to a home on the 100-block of Long Street in reference to an assault. According to Jones’ police report, officers arrived to find two men on the street — one of them covered in blood.

According to Jones, officers made contact with the two males, Clifton Black Jr. and Jermaine Tinch, who had a large laceration on the back of his head.

When officers spoke to Black, he said Tinch attempted to rob him. According to the report, Black told Jones a group of people were drinking and playing dice at his home, and soon after, the group left. Tinch, however, returned a short time later for a few more drinks, Black said. At one point Tinch said somebody was outside, so Black locked the security doors at both the front and back of the home, according to Black. Then Tinch asked Black to unlock the front door, and when Black did so, Tinch attacked him and dragged him into a bedroom.

According to the report, Black said Tinch was trying to steal $300 in cash from his pockets. During their fight, Black said he was able to get his machete next to the dresser, and he used it to strike Tinch in the head a couple of times, he told Jones. Black finished his statement by saying he chased Tinch out of his home, struck him one more time and chased him down the street to where officers found them, according to Jones’ report.

When officers spoke to Tinch, he said he was playing dice and drinking at Black’s home when Black “flipped out” and locked Tinch inside, Jones said. According to Jones’ report, Tinch said, Black “went crazy on him,” and pulled out a small pocket knife. Tinch told Jones the fight moved to the bedroom, Black got a machete and used it to strike him in the back of the head. Tinch told Jones he was able to flee the home, and called 911.

Sgt. Jim Beneke arrived on scene, and the scene was turned over to him, according to Jones’ report. Tinch was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital to treat a laceration to the back of his head, Beneke said, and he believes Tinch was only struck once by the “rusty” machete.

No charges have been filed against either man, Beneke said, and the investigation is still ongoing.



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