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Athens man shot at by other man in apparent love triangle

Sanjarius Tenard Yearby

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shooting at another man with whom he was involved in an apparent love triangle, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.

The 22-year-old victim reportedly told police that he and his girlfriend were at his home on Frederick Drive early Wednesday morning when they got into an argument about the woman sending text messages to an ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Sanjarius Tenard Yearby of Spring Circle in Athens.

The argument led to the couple breaking off their relationship, at which time the 22-year-old Oglethorpe woman left, according to the report.

The victim told police that the woman owed him money so they made arrangements by phone to meet at her home in Oglethorpe.

The victim said he was waiting for the woman at her home, and when she drove by without stopping. He followed in his car and tried to call her, according to the report.

When driving through the intersection of Beaverdam and Robert Hardeman roads, the victim saw Yearby, who was standing near the roadway, shooting at his car.

Yearby is the father of the Oglethorpe woman’s children, according to the police report.

The victim sped from the area and called 911 and drove to Walmart to meet with an officer. The officer noted in the report that the victim’s right-front tire was gone from having been shot, and “it was apparent that (the victim) had driven quite some distance with no tire.”

The officer further noted that the passenger-side door had been dented by a bullet that was later located in the door jamb. Another bullet was recovered from the car’s rear bumper.

While the victim met with police, the Oglethorpe woman arrived in her car. The victim felt that (the woman had possibly set him up," according to the report.

Police said they recovered four bullet cartridge casings at the scene of the shooting.

Yearby was arrested later that afternoon on a warrant charging him with aggravated assault, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

As of Thursday afternoon, he continued to be detained without bail being set.

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