Armed with Knife

Man arrested for making threats outside library

by Wes Mayer

A man suspected of threatening another man with a knife outside a public library was arrested by Newnan Police officers Monday.

Around 3 p.m., Officers Clifton White and Ricky Tostenson with the Newnan Police Department responded to the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Library on Hospital Road in reference to a fight in progress. According to White in his incident report, when officers arrived, they spoke to the victim, who said a white male, later identified as Joel Douglas Wilson Jr., 47, threatened to stab him with a knife.

The victim told officers he was sitting in his vehicle waiting on his wife to come out of the library when another vehicle blaring loud music, driven by Wilson, pulled beside him, according to White’s report. The victim said because of the music, he closed his door so he could call his wife on his cell phone — this caused his vehicle’s alarm to go off.

The victim said he went inside to get the vehicle’s keys from his wife, and when he came out, Wilson, who was still sitting in his vehicle, impolitely asked him what was wrong with his alarm. According to White, the victim said he began to explain the situation, but Wilson got out of his vehicle and came at him with a large knife.

According to the officer, the victim told Wilson that he didn’t want to do this, and Wilson dropped the knife on the ground. However, Wilson then called the victim a racial slur, picked the knife back up and came toward him again. This time, the victim told Wilson that he was going to hurt himself if he came any closer, and Wilson stopped. The victim then went inside and called 911.

Witnesses at the library also told officers they saw Wilson walking toward the victim with a knife.

Officers made contact with Wilson, who moved his vehicle to a different parking spot, and when they approached, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol, White reported. Officers identified Wilson and saw an open bottle of vodka sitting by his feet in the vehicle along with a black, army-brand knife sitting on the center console.

Wilson was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats and acts, public drunkenness and open container. However, according to the officer, on the way to the Coweta County Jail, Wilson unsuccessfully attempted to kick out the windows of Tostenson’s patrol car, so he was additionally charged with obstruction of officers.

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