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Statham man arrested for 'destroying' Athens hospital room

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Bobby Arthur Pendley

By Joe Johnson

A Barrow County man was arrested early Tuesday morning at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, where he allegedly destroyed a medical room and caused other damage, according to an Athens-Clarke County police incident report.

Officers responded to the hospital at about 5:40 am on a report of a man who was carrying a fire extinguisher as he wandered around the facility, according to the report.

Security guards reportedly told police they thought 27-year-old Bobby Arthur Pendley might jump over a third-floor balcony railing because he would not let anyone get close to him.

After escorting Pendley outside the hospital, the guards received a report that Pendley possibly destroyed a medical room earlier that night, the report states.

Police officers went to inspect the room and saw that tiles and an air-conditioning vent had been pulled from the ceiling, a bed was overturned, a window was broken and many items in the room had been thrown around, according to the report.

A bed in an adjacent room had also been flipped over, the report noted.

A guard provided police with a photo that depicted Pendley going to the medical room during the timeframe the room was damaged, according to the report.

Security guards also told police they received reports of a man fitting Pendley’s description possibly vandalizing vehicles in the Talmadge Avenue parking deck, the report states.

The report notes that when police located Pendley in the cafeteria he was “soaking wet” and had cuts all over his body.

The sections of the report that were not redacted did not indicate the reason why Pendley has been at the hospital.

The report also did not note whether the man received medical treatment, but the Clarke County Jail website indicated that he was not booked into the facility until 2:03 p.m.

Pendley, of Baker Street in Statham, was charged with felony second-degree criminal damage to property.The Barrow County Sheriff's Office placed a hold on his release because they had a warrant on file charging him with a felony probation violation, according to the jail.

The hospital told police it would provide them at a later date with a list of items that had been damaged and their cost, according to the report.

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