Beating victim arrested

Robbery suspect found in attic

by Wes Mayer

The victim of a brutal assault which hospitalized her earlier this year was among three people arrested Wednesday during a warrant search for a robbery suspect.

Nicole Lee Hernane, 33, was beaten by two baseball bats by her live-in boyfriend, David Bennett, 48, back in February. On Wednesday, she was one of the two people charged for obstructing officers for attempting to hide a woman wanted for robbery.

According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office, the robbery that authorities were investigating occurred on Nov. 2, when Courtney Danielle Karr, 23, and her boyfriend William JC Carroll, 34, robbed Carroll’s uncle.

During the robbery, Carroll held down his uncle, who was in a wheelchair, and Karr stole the uncle’s wallet, according to authorities.

Carroll was arrested last Friday and was charged with robbery by force/ intimidation/ snatching, Yarbrough said.

On Wednesday, deputies and investigators with the sheriff’s office learned Karr was hiding around the 100 block of East Marjorie St., Yarbrough said. Authorities arrived at the residence where they believed Karr to be and were allowed entry by Joseph David Arnold, 33, and Hernane. Authorities asked Arnold and Hernane where Karr was, and they claimed they did not know.

Authorities received consent to search the residence and found Karr hiding in the attic. Karr was charged with robbery by force/intimidation/snatching and obstruction of officers. Arnold and Hernane, who authorities believe were trying to conceal Karr, were charged with obstruction of officers, Yarbrough said..

In February, Bennett used a baseball bat to assault Hernane. She spent 10 days in the hospital due to both her arms and two fingers being broken, her right wrist and elbow shattered, and multiple injuries to her face. She may lose sight of her right eye.

Bennett was charged with kidnapping, four counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was later additionally charged with the sale of marijuana, according to Coweta County Jail records.

The victim of a brutal assault that hospitalized her earlier this year was among three people arrested Wednesday during a warrant search for a robbery suspect.

Nicole Lee Hernane, 33, was beaten with two baseball bats by her live-in boyfriend, David Bennett, 48, in February. On Wednesday, she was one of the two people charged for obstructing officers for attempting to hide a woman wanted for robbery.

According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office, the robbery that authorities were investigating occurred on Nov. 2, when Courtney Danielle Karr, 23, and her boyfriend William JC Carroll, 34, robbed Carroll’s uncle.

During the robbery, Carroll held down his uncle, who was in a wheelchair, and Karr stole the uncle’s wallet, according to authorities.

Carroll was arrested last Friday and was charged with robbery by force/intimidation/snatching, Yarbrough said.

On Wednesday, deputies and investigators with the sheriff’s office learned Karr was hiding around the 100 block of East Marjorie Street, Yarbrough said. Authorities arrived at the residence where they believed Karr to be and were allowed entry by Joseph David Arnold, 33, and Hernane. Authorities asked Arnold and Hernane where Karr was, and they claimed they did not know.

Authorities received consent to search the residence and found Karr hiding in the attic. Karr was charged with robbery by force/intimidation/snatching and obstruction of officers. Arnold and Hernane, who authorities believe were trying to conceal Karr, were charged with obstruction of officers, Yarbrough said.

In February, Bennett used a baseball bat to assault Hernane. She spent 10 days in the hospital due to both her arms and two fingers being broken, her right wrist and elbow shattered, and multiple injuries to her face.

Bennett was charged at the time with kidnapping, four counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was later additionally charged with the sale of marijuana, according to Coweta County Jail records.







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