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Homess man arrested for stabbing and theft in Athens

Andre Carthens

By Joe Johnson

A 43-year-old homeless man recently was arrested for an alleged assault in Athens three months ago in which a woman was stabbed, according to police and jail records.

Andre Carthens of Reed Street was arrested last Wednesday on warrants charging him with aggravated assault, theft by taking, obstruction, and making terroristic threats, according to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, Carthens was involved in the assault on July 30 at Quick Pantry on North Avenue where he allegedly approached the 39-year-old victim while holding an object in his hand.

“The suspect asked her where his speakers and money (were) at,” according to the report. “She told the suspect that she didn’t know what he was talking about and started backing away as the suspect came closer to her.”

The report noted that the victim tried to run away, but the suspect caught and punched her in the head several times, causing the woman to fall.

The suspect’s girlfriend reportedly then became involved by taking the victim’s purse, and when she fell to the ground the woman began going through the purse and throwing items out of it.

The victim told police that a witness pulled the woman off of her, at which time she and her boyfriend fled on North Avenue toward East Dougherty Street, according to the report. The victim suffered a deep laceration on her left arm.

The victim told a responding officer that she knew the male suspect by the name “Dre” and that he lived at a large camp off of North Avenue, the report noted.

Carthens was arrested early the morning of Oct. 7 after an officer received information that he was staying in a tent off Willow Street near North Avenue, according to the arrest report.

He was taken into custody on warrants that stemmed from the incident in July and was transported to the county jail.

He was also served with probation violation warrants that stemmed from previous drug and assault convictions.

Carthens on Monday continued to be detained without bail.

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