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Athens man indicted for inflicting pain on elderly victim

Antonio Luvara Barnes

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was recently indicted for allegedly beating and choking an elderly man during a domestic dispute two months ago.

Antonio Luvara Barnes, 40, of Atlanta Avenue was charged with family violence battery, inflicting pain on an elderly person and two counts aggravated assault, according to the indictment that was filed Jan. 21 in Clarke County Superior Court.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police incident report, the alleged attack occurred Oct. 30 during an altercation between Barnes and an ex-girlfriend.

The woman reportedly told police that she was sleeping when Barnes entered her bedroom and attacked her, hitting her about 20 times in the face.

When a 74-year-old man went into the bedroom to check on the commotion when Barnes allegedly hit him in the face and grabbed him by the throat.

The victim said he felt dizzy but never lost consciousness, according to the police report.

While attacking the man, Barnes allegedly said that he was going to kill him, according to the report.

When the elderly victim tried to leave the scene, Barnes allegedly knocked him down and dragged him back into the home, according to the report.

The victim was then able to lock Barnes outside and call 911, the police report noted.

Barnes had fled the scene by the time officers arrived.

Investigators subsequently obtained warrants charging Barnes with inflicting pain on an elderly person, making terroristic threats, as well as battery and simple battery – both under the state Family Violence Act, according to the police report.

Barnes was arrested on Dec. 19 when officers responded to an incident in which Barnes allegedly threatened another woman while brandishing a knife.

He has since been held at the Clarke County Jail without bail being set.

Barnes is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 17.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office placed a hold on Barnes’ release due to a probation violation that stemmed from an aggravated assault conviction.

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