Cab Driver Chased By Men Armed With Pots, Pans And Sticks After Cat Sale Goes Sour

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Michael Kirby
Michael Kirby

According to police, a Mercury Cab driver was chased by men wielding pots and pans after he tried to buy several cats from a woman and her boyfriend became angry about the sale.

Police said 24-year-old Ervin Morgan was trying to buy cats from a woman named Jennifer Wilson at her home on Idlewood Drive.

Mr. Morgan told police he first gave Ms. Wilson $30 before taking the cats out to his car. He then went back inside to give her an additional $20. 

At this point, police said Ms. Wilson's boyfriend became upset and demanded the cats back.  He said several other men were in the residence and he started to feel threatened.

Mr. Morgan said when he tried to leave, one of the men put his foot in front of the door. After this, Mr. Morgan said he forced the door open, making it come off of its hinges, and fled. 

According to police, two of the men from inside the house started chasing Mr. Morgan with pots, pans and sticks.

He told police that as he tried to drive away, a man with tattoos started hitting his vehicle with a tree limb. The limb left a large dent on the car. This man was later identified as Michael Kirby, a 33-year-old man from Fort Oglethorpe. 

When police made contact with the people inside the residence, they said Ms. Wilson was "uncooperative." They said she told them she had simply changed her mind about the sale.

Kirby told police he had not participated in the attack. However, he matched the description given and he was selected out of a photo lineup. 

The owner of the cab decided to prosecute because of the damage to the car. Kirby was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and vandalism.

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