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County sanitation worker assaulted in downtown Athens


Markel Thamon Johnson

By Joe Johnson

A homeless man was arrested Friday morning for allegedly assaulting a county employee who was picking up trash in downtown Athens, according to police.

Markel Thamon Johnson, 35, told police that the sanitation worker had followed him the night before and that when he saw the worker on East Clayton Street Friday morning “it triggered him and he just reacted," police said.

The 61-year-old victim told police that he was using a trash picker stick to remove litter from the ground at about 7:30 a.m. when, police said, he was accosted by Johnson, who yelled vulgarities, knocked a cap from the employee's head and then smacked the litter stick from the victim's hand.

A witness who had encountered Johnson just prior to the incident told police that he crossed the street to get away from the suspect because he tried to pick a fight reportedly corroborated the sanitation worker’s version of events.

Johnson was arrested for simple battery and as of Monday afternoon he continued to be jailed in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

Though an Athens-Clarke County police report indicated that Johnson was homeless, the man was booked into the county jail with a address in Gillsville, a small city in Hall and Banks counties.

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Unknown member
Aug 09, 2023

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Jeremiah Poole
Jeremiah Poole
Aug 08, 2023

Why is it that when we have a gun crime all the politicians scream and cry we need to do something (lock the guns and people away...) but when we read yet again about another homeless crime we see the politicians baby and sweep the problem under the rug. Hum. Wonder what has to happen before we fix our thinking about responsibility. What have we done to get where we are today? "If you keep doing what you have been doing, you will keep getting what you already have"

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BS Detector
BS Detector
Aug 08, 2023

Send him back to Gillsville !!

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How much of this do we need to read about? I have a sympathetic heart for the mentally ill. But our tax dollars are intended to keep this from happening. Do Something!

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Like universal mental healthcare?

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Kim Zanone
Kim Zanone
Aug 07, 2023

Sending care to the victim.

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