Suspect in looting of eastside grocery store indicted for assaulting woman while free on bond


Tiffany Ridgeway

By Joe Johnson

One of three people arrested for the Christmas Eve ransacking of an east Athens grocery store assaulted a woman with a broken bottle three weeks after she bonded out of jail, according to an indictment filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Tiffany Ridgeway, 41, of Rose Street and two alleged accomplices were arrested for the Dec. 24 burglary of Food Express on Nellie B Avenue in which more than $24,000 in merchandise and property were stolen, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Charged with theft by taking from a building and smash-and-grab burglar, Ridgeway was released Feb. 2 from the Clarke County Jail upon posting a $1,850 surety bond, according to court records.

Three weeks later, on Feb. 25, Ridgeway allegedly cut another woman with a broken bottle, according to this week’s indictment that charges her with aggravated assault.

Ridgeway and her alleged accomplices -- Timothy Maurice Elder, 40, of Fairview Street and Garland Alan Paschal, 46, of Ashmore Drive -- have yet to be indicted for the Food Express burglary.

Ridgway on Wednesday continued to be detained without bail for the aggravated assault charge.

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