Athens man allegedly waved gun in front of toddler while threatening to kill the child's mother


Lararus Markeith Fleming

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested early Thursday after a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly threatened his child's mother with a gun, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

Officers responded to a Windy Hill Way residence at about 2:30 a.m. on the alleged victim’s report that 28-year-old Lararus Markeith Fleming threatened to kill her and was trying to break down a bedroom door to get to her, according to the report.

When Fleming realized the 32-year-old victim had called police, he went outside and returned after about a minute.

The victim was outside the home when police arrived, and she told officers that she and Fleming had been arguing over his accusation that she was communicating with another male over the phone, according to the report.

After a while, Fleming reportedly went outside to smoke a cigarette, and when he came back in he sat on a couch where he allegedly brandished a gun that he pointed at the woman and waved it around while their 2-month-old son was in a stroller that was directly in front of Fleming.

Fleming at one point allegedly told the woman that she “needed to get someone in line” to take care of their child and that “tonight was her last night," according to the report.

The report indicated that officers found in Fleming’s car the gun that was described by the victim.

Fleming was charged under the state Family Violence Act with aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts.

As of Friday afternoon, Fleming was being held at the county jail without bail being set.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331, or by visiting http://www.project-safe.org.

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