Authorities have charged a Glencoe man with battery and have issued an arrest warrant for his girlfriend in connection with the April 30 beating of a Salem man.
Authorities said Jacob D. Acord, 26, of Glencoe and his girlfriend, Rachel Higginbotham, 21, of Horseshoe Bend, attacked Rick Roberts, 50, of Salem as he began to leave the Royal Order of the Moose Lodge on Highway 62 East of Salem.
Fulton County Deputy Scott Holloway said Acord and Higginbotham had a disagreement earlier with another patron and his wife. Acord started to get belligerent, Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said.
Roberts, who had been at the bar talking to the bartender, intervened and told Acord and Higginbotham to leave.
Dillinger said Acord and Higginbotham left the Moose Lodge and parked at White's Tire Barn nearby. From there they made their way back to the Moose Lodge on foot along a powerline right of way. He said they waited for Roberts in the brush by the parking lot.
Dillinger said as Roberts began backing out in his vehicle, Acord and Higginbotham pulled him out into the parking lot and Acord began striking him with his fists.
Holloway said witnesses walked into the parking lot and saw Acord standing over an unconscious Roberts. The witnesses told authorities they watched Acord and Higginbotham flee on foot, leaving Roberts unconscious, not breathing. Holloway said a female patron of the lodge gave Roberts CPR. Another patron followed Acord and Higginbotham as they fled on foot. Witnesses said Acord appeared to be intoxicated.
Dogs were brought in to help in the search but were not able to find a trail because of all the scents left by people in the parking lot, Holloway said.
Acord fled to Violet Hill where he has relatives, Holloway said. Authorities arrested Acord later that day.
Holloway said when first questioned about the fight, Acord and Higginbotham denied knowing anything about it. Later, after more questioning, they admitted there was a fight, Holloway said.
Acord is charged with second degree batter, a class D felony. Acords posted bond of $10,000 and was released from the Fulton County Jail.
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Higginbotham charging that she engaged in activity which created substantial danger or physical injury to another person with an indifference to the value of human life. Formal battery charges are expected this week, Dillinger said.
Holloway said this is the first incident that he can remember at the Moose Lodge. "I've been here all my life. We've never had trouble before," he said.