LaGrange police capture, arrest knife-wielding man

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

Public Safety Reports

By Melanie Ruberti

LaGrange police used “reasonable force” to try and help a suicidal man threatening himself and officers with a knife near the intersection of Greenville Street and Barnard Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the man was very belligerent and kept walking toward Greenvile Street, refusing to stop for officers after several verbal commands.

At one point, the man reportedly threw the open pocket knife at officers, but then balled up his fists and dared them to fight him, the report states.

As the man got closer to the intersection of Greenville and Ragland streets, another officer told him he was under arrest. Police said the man turned aggressively towards officers with his hands raised as if to fight, and that is when reasonable force was used to take the man safely into custody, according to the report.

LaGrange police said they transported the man to West Georgia Medical Center for a medical evaluation and issued him a citation for pedestrian in the roadway.

Stolen heat pump

One business owner is left out in the cold after discovering someone stole the heat pump from her building at 508 S. Greenwood St.

The owner of American Tax told LaGrange police Wednesday she noticed earlier in the month that her heat would not work, but assumed it was an electrical problem.

The woman said when her electrician stopped by the business on Wednesday he informed her the heat pump was stolen and it would cost $5,000 to replace it.

Police are investigating.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311.