Athens homeless man involved in two fights days apart arrested for aggravated assault


Donald Bonner

By Joe Johnson

A homeless man was arrested after he got into a fight Sunday afternoon and one of the responding officers recognized him as being wanted for aggravated assault from another fight three days earlier.

According to Athens-Clarke County police incident reports, the first altercation occurred the night of Nov. 12 outside the Project Safe Thrift Store on Hawthorne Avenue, in which 65-year-old Donald Bonner allegedly swung a knife at another man, who fended off the attack by swinging his belt.

Witnesses said that the man with the belt chased Bonner and beat him up, according to reports.

Bonner, who had a knife in his pocket, was determined to have been the primary aggressor and police subsequently took out a warrant charging him with aggravated assault.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, officers responded to another fight at the same Hawthorne Avenue location and police identified one of the participants as Bonner.

After the warrant from the earlier incident was confirmed, police arrested Bonner and transported him to the Clarke County Jail, where as of Tuesday afternoon he was being held without bail being set.

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