Four people have been arrested in connection with an incident Thursday in which a man gave a ride to two men and two women and they ended up stealing his car and personal items, then beating him.
Charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft of property are Amber Dawn Guffey, 19, of 3324 Lookout Lake Road; Amanda Gayl Forester, 25, of 582 Green Lane, Bakewell; James Huckabee and Shane Basler.
Huckabee, who has a lengthy criminal record, pleaded guilty at the end of July in the courtroom of Judge Rebecca Stern to burglary and theft of property and was given a four-year suspended sentence. He also pleaded guilty to burglary of a business and got four years, to two counts of theft of property and got two years on one and 11 months and 29 days on the other, and pleaded guilty to forgery and got two years. All were suspended. He entered guilty pleas in 2012 in the courtroom of Judge Barry Steelman. He pleaded guilty to five counts of theft of property and forgery and got 11 months and 29 days each. He got two years for initiating a false report. All were suspended. The latter cases involved thefts from mailboxes while he was working as a newspaper carrier.
Jeffrey Simmons said he was locking the gate at his job on 2837 Hickory Valley Road when he was approached by two white females and two white males. They asked for a ride to the nearest gas station.
He said, instead, they had him drive to a house on a street in East Lake off Dodds Avenue. He said a black male and an older white male also entered the car. He was told to go to an ATM to withdraw money. He said he obtained $60, then drove back to the house in East Lake. He said he believed a man in the back seat had a gun.
He said the older white male got out at the East Lake house. He said he was told to get in the back seat.
Mr. Simmons said they ended up at Aster Avenue in Lookout Valley. He was told to get out of his vehicle. He said the two white males beat him up behind a church, while taking items from him.
The foursome then drove away in his 2005 silver Mazda station wagon.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Erlanger Hospital with injuries all over his body.
On Monday night, a Fort Oglethorpe police officer spotted the stolen Mazda and began a pursuit. The chase ended on I-75 at the exit ramp to East Ridge.
The driver, Huckabee, jumped out and ran into some woods. He was later taken into custody at the Knights Inn in East Ridge around 1:30 a.m.
Basler and the two females were detained by Fort Oglethorpe and East Ridge officers.
Police said the two women gave statements admitted involvement with the carjacking victim. Huckabee and Basler would not talk to police.
Police said Ms. Guffey had a credit card belonging to the victim and Ms. Forester had his cell phone in her purse.