Police Blotter: Man Beaten, Shot At, Robbed, Made To Strip By Cousin

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Damyelle Miller told police he was struck with an iron bat, shot at, robbed and made to strip - all by his cousin.

He said he was driving on Lightfoot Mill Road when the cousin, Kevin Kendrick, flagged him down. He said the cousin asked him to get out of the car and talk to him.

Mr. Miller said he walked up the steps to his cousin's house, then minutes later was walking back down the steps when the cousin picked up a metal bat and hit him several times in the arm.

He said Kendrick ran back up the steps and came out with a black handgun. He fired a shot in the air, then ran down the steps and hit Mr. Miller twice in the head with the gun.
He then pointed the gun at him and demanded money, the report says.

Mr. Miller said he told him he only had $20 so the cousin got his wallet and threw it on the ground. After only getting $7 from the wallet, he said he planned to shoot him.

He then told him to take off all his clothes, and Mr. Miller said he complied. He said he started walking toward his car to leave, but the cousin called him back to get his pants.

Mr. Miller said he put his pants on and drove to his mother's house on Dee Drive, where he called police.

Mr. Miller said while he was being struck, the cousin told him that his (Miller's) father told him he (Miller) had burglarized his house several months ago.

The victim had bruises on his right arm, chest and head.

Police were trying to locate Kendrick. They found a .380 shell casing in front of his front door and a baseball bat lying near the front door.

They also found a pair of boxers, a t-shirt and shoes.

The manager at Church's Chicken on Dodson Avenue said a customer at the drive thru window tried to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill.

She said when the cashier confronted the customer, he offered to exchange the money for real currency. When the cashier refused to give the bogus money back, the car drove off toward Wilcox Boulevard.

The cashier said the vehicle included a white female and white male in front and two black males in the back. It was a tan 1990 Honda.

The vehicle came back registered to a man at an apartment on Town Hills Drive.

A complainant told police that when she came to her parents' house on Verona Drive she discovered the rear door was partially open and the patio door was unlocked. The inside garage door was also open.

It was found that items missing included two televisions, three DVD, VCR combos, a weedeater and a .38 revolver.

The complainant said her sister had been staying in the house. A neighbor said he noticed a white pickup truck backed up to the garage earlier in the day.

Donna Potter of Lee Highway said she came home and found the front door to her mobile home was partially open. She said she believes the door was pried open.

She is missing her TV and a pair of diamond earrings and necklace as well as her prescription medicine.

An employee of D&M Properties on Bonny Oaks Drive said a white female in a maroon vehicle was seen removing mail from the business mailbox.

She said a business check had been placed in the mailbox, and it was found that three checks had been duplicated and written to Kroger for $174, to BI-LO for $174 and to BI-LO for $224.

Police said a man was driving by a house on 13th Avenue, saw a pitbull in the yard, and said it was the one that had been stolen from him a year ago.

Archie Husted III said he went up near the dog and "assured himself that this was his dog" prior to knocking on the door.

The lady of the house refused to give up the dog and called her husband to come home from work. Mr. Husted called his wife to the scene to bring pictures of the stolen dog.

Police carried out an investigation, including calling the woman who had transferred the dog to the couple at 13th Street, and concluded it was not the same dog.

The man who now owns the dog said he did not appreciate Mr. Husted trespassing on his property and making him take time off his job.

The manager of the Huddle House, William Wynn, said a person was playing on the toy crane machine where you attempt to pick up a stuffed toy with a claw crane.

He said the person began pushing and lifting up the sides of the machine, and he asked him to stop. Then the person left.

Mr. Wynn said when he checked on the machine, the entire crane broke and fell on the toys. He said it will cost $1,500 to have it repaired.

Police said they caught a burglar in the act on Dorris Street.

They could hear someone inside and found Jerry Moon coming out of the residence carrying a bathtub faucet valued at approximately $200 with the copper tubing still attached.

Moon said he "was just getting copper and brass to sell."

He was taken to jail on charges of burglary, theft and vandalism.


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