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Shoplifting suspect stabs Marine, police say

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A Marine collecting Toys for Tots donations at Augusta's Best Buy was stabbed in the back Friday while helping to subdue a shoplifting suspect.

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Tracey Attaway  Richmond County Jail Photo
Richmond County Jail Photo
Tracey Attaway

Fellow Marines identified the injured man as Cpl. Phillip Duggan, 24, who spent part of Black Friday recuperating at Eisenhower Army Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Tracey Attaway, 39, of Waynesboro, Ga., was jailed and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife in the commission of a crime.

Orvin Smith, a sales manager at Best Buy, said the incident occurred about 1:15 p.m. when a man was seen on surveillance videos placing a laptop under his jacket. Store staff asked Attaway to return the merchandise, and the situation began to escalate.

"He was really irate. A whole lot of energy. ... he finally let go of the laptop, ran out the front door, knocked one of my employees down and pulled out a knife so he could make sure he could get out the front door," Smith said.

Outside the door were four Marines and seven volunteers collecting donations for Toys for Tots.

"(Duggan) clotheslined him, and after that he kind up got up and started swinging a knife around," Smith said.

Gunnery Sgt. Robert Richie said Attaway "came over the top and got (Duggan) in the back."

Attaway ran again but didn't get far before Richie, several other Marines and members of the store's loss-prevention team tackled him in the parking lot and held him until deputies arrived.

Gunnery Sgt. Sherry Barrera, who also serves as the Toys for Tots coordinator, opted to close operations for the day.

"When a Marine gets injured, we just shut it down, go to the hospital, make sure he's OK and make sure he gets proper treatment," she said.

Barrera said Duggan joined the unit about three months ago. Although she has had the opportunity to drill with Duggan only a few times, she said she had heard wonderful things about him.

"My boss, who has served with him before, did say he was an outstanding Marine," Barrera said.

According to Richmond County authorities, Attaway also tried to steal two digital cameras, an Xbox game, a PS3 game and a PS3 game controller with a combined value of $1,365.

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CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 11/27/10 - 03:39 pm
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I have friends who say

I have friends who say "politics doesn't affect me". But in reality decisions made by politicians affect society as a whole. Programs put into place years and years ago affect how some people view the world and their circumstances. So in effect everything in modern society can be "political" But in this case, it's just a thief being a thief. My previous post was an attempt at humor. Nothing more.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 11/27/10 - 03:49 pm
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According to the article the

According to the article the "suspect" (well I think doing that in plain view of all those people makes him MORE than a suspect) HAS been charged but I do believe that FEDERAL charges are also appropriate considering the status of the victim. This perp should never see the light of freedom again, not ever, never. He's lucky that the marine or the other marines didn't execute swift justice then and there because one he stabbed that fellow marine (and it's not TOO difficult to recognize a Marine in uniform) he was fair game for execution. God bless those Marines who were there trying to help the less fortunate, maybe even that perp's family, and had to deal with him. This has nothing to do with the RC sheriff's department because THEY weren't the ones who were there. By the way, as long as we continue to give politicians unlimited amounts of money to waste on social and other useless programs, they will continue to take and cut NEEDED programs such as fire, emergency medics, and police. It is time to put in someone who will let us KNOW a proposed budget and let US cut out wasteful spending. We have to do that in our personal lives and that should be the very least that we expect from government.

oldfella
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oldfella 11/27/10 - 05:45 pm
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"The point is the Marine

"The point is the Marine stopped a thief....And it could have been at the cost of his life..Was a laptop really worth him getting stabbed..."

You don't get it WAG - it's the principle of the whole thing. If you can stop a crime (or catch a thief) you do what you can. This type of personal involvement is what makes America great!

And whoever mockingly said "if the Marine was trained so well how did he get stabbed" should serve some time in the military, then their comment may have some credibility.

And I'm not sure, but I think additional charges could be filed for assaulting a uniformed Federal employee. Regardless, if the rest of the justice system chain doesn't drop the ball, this wingnut will do at least a couple of years behind bars.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/27/10 - 06:58 pm
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Because these things are

Because these things are brought about by politics.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/27/10 - 07:25 pm
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I suppose if I had to pick a

I suppose if I had to pick a party, I'd be a Democrat. However, I've never had the urge to steal from anyone, or assault anyone. Therefore, I don't believe it's a political issue. It's a justice system issue wherein the judges that are responsible for light sentencing should take the blame for repeat offenders. If ya'll want to track the justice system back to politics, feel free to do so.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 11/27/10 - 07:45 pm
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This marine and others did a

This marine and others did a GREAT JOB in aprehending this criminal who deserves to be behind bars for quite some time.

What is amazing though is that had the story been about an on duty Police Officer clotheslining a shoplifiting suspect and in the process getting stabbed as other officers jumped on the man and wrestled with him until he was handcuffed we would be hearing words like "excessive force" and "fire the cop" instead of hero. Our Police Officers and Sheriff's Deputies do this every single day and because it "is their job" they receive little pay, appreciation or support, especially when they are forced to use force on a suspect.

CJ3
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CJ3 11/28/10 - 12:37 pm
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Asitisinaug and fatboyhog you

Asitisinaug and fatboyhog you are so right. These commissioners don't care about their employees. If the citizens feel unsafe and threatened, also vicitms of crimes can blame alot of their woes on the commissioners. It is not RCSO fault. If you have problems with any department in the county-call your commissioners-they cut staffing, lowered morale, the better employees are eventually going to find something else and leave. Citizens are going to be stuck with underpaid, underqualified and unhappy employees. Call your commissioners. Taxpayers are paying for old abandoned houses to be torn down so the lazy owners don't have to pay, you are paying room and board for all of these criminals, and alot of other things that would scare you. You can complain all you want about county employees, but it's the commissioners who are ruining the morale and quality of the employees that are running Augusta. What idiots.

robbie1
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robbie1 11/29/10 - 01:31 pm
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Glad CPL Duggan is going to

Glad CPL Duggan is going to be alright. Great Job, Devil Dawgs!

ZEEMADMAN
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ZEEMADMAN 11/29/10 - 02:06 pm
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They Really Should Try to

They Really Should Try to Charge This Low Life with a Federal Crime. This Marine was In Uniform on an Official Sanctioned Assignment. Charity or Not He Was In The Lawful Performance Of His Official Duties at the time.
So the Charge Would Be Assault On A Federal Official In The Lawful Performance Of His Duties. Attempted Murder? Or Assault With A Deadly Weapon With Intent To Cause Grievious Bodily Harm!

As a Federal Crime there is no Parole. You get a Year You Serve a Year. Or 5. Or 20! Then He's also got a Federal Record for the next time. As a Career Criminal we all know that there will be a next time. It's almost a certainty!

libertarianvoter
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libertarianvoter 11/29/10 - 03:21 pm
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Patty-P wrote: "Therefore, I

Patty-P wrote: "Therefore, I don't believe it's a political issue. It's a justice system issue wherein the judges that are responsible for light sentencing should take the blame for repeat offenders"

Umm you do realize that every judge has their own political outlook on things and those that tend to be more liberal or democrat are likely to give lighter sentences to most criminals I guess b/c they understand the scum of society? (do some research on how child molesters are sentenced by liberal judges). Even our very first political parties stemmed from the way the law of the land is interpreted.

Anyways kudos to this Marine for his brave deed, and I'm glad he is going to be okay. I hope this guy gets locked up for a very long time.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/29/10 - 06:00 pm
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libertarian, that may be your

libertarian, that may be your opinion. I believe that light sentencing happens no matter what political affiliation a judge has. There are a large number of criminals on the streets in Augusta. Maybe it's just an Augusta thing.

libertarianvoter
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libertarianvoter 11/30/10 - 11:22 am
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Could be, I'm thinking more

Could be, I'm thinking more on a state level than anything, so things may be different on the city level.

zipi1973
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zipi1973 12/17/12 - 12:47 pm
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4 Marines & the shoplifter

If any of the bleeding heart morons will file lawsuit against any of the four Marines, I want to contribute to their defense fund.

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