Athens teen says ex-girlfriend burned phone with blowtorch, brandished gun during fight


By Joe Johnson

An Athens teen recently reported that his ex-girlfriend used a blowtorch to destroy his cellphone and pulled a gun during a fight at his home, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

According to the report, officers were dispatched to the 18-year-old victim’s Herbert Road home the evening of March 17 to investigate a reported aggravated assault.

The report, released by police on Monday, indicated that the victim’s sister, who lived with at the home, told officers that she was in the bathroom when witnessed an altercation outside between her brother and 18-year-old Samantha Rivera, in which the ex-girlfriend pulled at her brother’s clothes and pointed a gun at him.

When officers interviewed the victim. He said that he and Rivera were arguing when the dispute turned physical after Rivera took his $500 cellphone and burned it with a blowtorch, at which time he took her phone and threw it over a fence, according to the police report.

He said that Rivera then began pulling at his clothing and scratched his body and brandished a gun, and he pinned her arm behind her so she could not point the weapon at him, the report noted.

When an officer asked where was the gun, the victim said that Rivera picked it up from the ground and put it in her backpack before leaving the scene, according to the report.

The officer wrote in the report that he would be seeking warrants charging Rivera with aggravated assault, third-degree arson, and family violence battery.

Rivera, who had an address on Old Epps Bridge Road, had yet to be arrested as of Tuesday morning.

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