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Groping suspect charged with assaulting sheriff's deputy

Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 7:09 PM
Last updated Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 8:14 AM
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A Grovetown man punched a Co­lum­bia County sheriff’s deputy in the Evans Wal-Mart parking lot, then crashed into a second officer’s vehicle while fleeing the store early Sunday, authorities said.

Javantroi Perez Walden, 34, who since July has been charged with groping at least four women at Wal-Marts and a teenager at a Sonic, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other charges.

According to Capt. Steve Morris, the spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Sgt. David Heaton saw a car sitting vacant in the Wal-Mart parking lot with the engine running around 1:55 a.m.

As Heaton was running the license plate, Walden walked out of the store toward the vehicle. When Heaton tried to question him, Walden punched him in the neck and drove off, Morris said.

While Heaton was chasing the car, Deputy Eddie Moseley was sitting at the traffic light at Belair and Washington roads. Walden rammed into Moseley, causing “extensive damage to both cars,” Morris said.

There were no injuries and no other vehicles involved, Morris said. Moseley’s Dodge Charger was brand new.

Walden was out of jail on bond from a Sept. 17 arrest on charges of groping three women at two Co­lumbia County Wal-Marts. A 57-year-old told deputies that a man grabbed her breast at the Evans Wal-Mart and ran out of the store, which was caught on surveillance video.

The same day, two women, ages 26 and 39, reported having their breasts grabbed at the Martinez Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway by a man who matched the description from the incident in Evans.

Walden was also arrested July 3 and charged with two counts of sexual battery, accused of grabbing the breasts of a 21-year-old woman at the Martinez Wal-Mart and a 17-year-old server at Sonic on Belair Road.

All the charges are still pending.

In Sunday’s incident, Walden was charged with aggravated assault, willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer, failure to maintain lane, a safety belt violation, driving in violation of conditions of a limited permit, reckless driving, fleeing/attempt to elude a police officer for felony offense and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Morris said no incidents of groping were reported at the Evans Wal-Mart early Sunday but that Walden is a suspect in a Friday groping at the store in which charges are pending.

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leebraxjr
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leebraxjr 12/23/12 - 08:15 pm
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Car running

I must have missed something with this report. The only reason this person was a suspect was because his car was running?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/23/12 - 08:48 pm
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lee.....officer saw vacant

lee.....officer saw vacant car running. While running the plates, suspect left store and approached vehicle. When officer started to question the suspect, suspect assaulted the police officer.

Clear enough?

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 12/23/12 - 08:54 pm
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I saw all the paint marks...

at the intersection of Belair and Washington Roads earlier today and wonder what the heck happened. Now I know.

r
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r 12/23/12 - 09:44 pm
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Stay Away

I think he needs to stay away from Walmart! His trouble seems to be related to the store more than the women!!!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/23/12 - 09:57 pm
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I'd say a second chance is in

I'd say a second chance is in order here. Where is the compassion?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/23/12 - 10:11 pm
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Yeah, an empty vehicle with

Yeah, an empty vehicle with the engine running at 2 in the morning is weird, but not necessarily suspicious. A dude punching a deputy in the neck just because the deputy was asking him what was up with the car running???...now THAT'S suspicious!! And really, if you think about it, ANYBODY who elects to commit any crime in that area is pretty stupid, because the law enforcement center is about a half-mile away...and that area is usually crawling with police at all hours of the day and night! I live in a neighborhood very close by, called the police for something strange we saw outside of an empty house, and the cop got their in something like 3 minutes!

southern
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southern 12/23/12 - 10:40 pm
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cop at Wal Mart

If that would have happened in Augusta we wouldn't be reading about this because no cop would have done a damn thing about a car running

myfather15
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myfather15 12/23/12 - 10:46 pm
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@Patty-P

Is that sarcasm? Please tell me you aren't serious. Please, Please, Please tell me you are just kidding. This is the second time in a few days I've seen you post a short comment about second chances, with repeat offenders. So, I thinking you being sarcastic and I certainly hope you are.

Mudge
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Mudge 12/23/12 - 10:51 pm
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leebraxjr

It does appear that that is the reason he ran the mans tag number. Probably seemed suspicious to leave a vehicle running that late at night. Or the cop had plenty of time on his hands and made a wise choice.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/23/12 - 11:21 pm
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myfather15

I'm definitely being sarcastic. Especially in a case like this.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/23/12 - 11:29 pm
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Yes, Patty is applying

Yes, Patty is applying sarcasm and CC is more involved because they have time to be. Their call rate is nothing compared to RC.

It's really great they caught this guy. Great work Columbia County LEO's!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/23/12 - 11:58 pm
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Well let's see how involved

Well let's see how involved the judges will be in getting this creature off the streets before he strikes again. He's lucky he hasn't ran into the wrong woman yet.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/24/12 - 12:55 am
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I agree Patty p; one with a

I agree Patty p; one with a 38 to grope.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/24/12 - 01:01 am
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Southern

must be bitter about something, because he doesn't know what he is talking about. Richmond Co. Deputies are as pro-active as they can be, but going call to call doesn't give too much time to patrol. I know for a fact, if they saw something like this, they would check it out. Why the bitterness?

richmachiatto
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richmachiatto 12/24/12 - 03:10 am
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In the know
Unpublished

Here's some facts: The CCSD had a BOLO on this pervert's car ( a grey buick skylark). They knew that he was hitting walmarts overnight. They knew that he was homeless and was living out of his car, they had been actively seeking this individual for over a week when the first assaults happened at the bobby jones store last week, so now you know why he was running a plate on his car in a walmart parking lot at 2:00 in the morning. Hope this helps.

rebellious
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rebellious 12/24/12 - 03:52 am
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Surprised

That #1 - It got reported cause it happened in Columba County
#2 It wasn't tied into South Augusta.
#3 The guy was caught.
#4 It wasnt tied to South Augusta
#5 It wasn't tied to South Augusta

But regarding points 2, 4 and 5....It is early yet!

smartasugarsugar
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smartasugarsugar 12/24/12 - 05:36 am
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correct me if im wronge

wasn't there a black man at the Grovetown wal-mart a while back that was pretending to be a tv show announcer or something and was baiting women into kissing him or letting him play with their feet, something odd. then after he did his deed, running away, and i believe they never caught the guy. this guy seams like hes the one.

Ps. @richmachiatto that picture is a little disturbing lol

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/24/12 - 07:51 am
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smartasugarsugar

Here's your correction. That Walmart foot lover WAS caught. He just wasn't charged:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2012-07-31/man-accused-su...

scorehouse
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scorehouse 12/24/12 - 08:21 am
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javantroi
Unpublished

now that's a name! i'd like to know more about the BRAND NEW dodge charger. that's 35k if loaded with TT&L. i think a running brand new car at 2 AM in a huge parking lot is very suspicious. along the lines of something bad has happened to the owner. kidnapping, etc. i would think the person was drunk or stole something and left the car running for a fast getaway. textbook policing to me. congrats officer

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/24/12 - 09:57 am
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sugarsugar, He was not

sugarsugar, He was not charged because he did not force the women to do anything. They were conned into believing they were on a TV show.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/24/12 - 10:17 am
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Good Eyes

Kudos' to Sgt. David Heaton that spotted the car sitting vacant in the Wal-Mart parking lot with the engine running just before 2a.m.

For the 1 or 2 that don't understand the significance of this and the sharp observance skills of the Officer Heaton.

Think harder it will come to you, maybe?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/24/12 - 10:53 am
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Escalating

His behavior is escalating. First, assaulting teen-aged girls; second, assaulting grown women; third, assaulting a police officer and fleeing the scene. The courts might deny bond this time, but when he pleads, will they merely sentence him to time served and probation?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/24/12 - 12:38 pm
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@Discussion: Heck yea it is worth a car!

I don't know about you but I would be pretty upset if one of the victims was either my daughter or wife! And if he is really enjoying himself he might graduate to a higher degree of sexual assault.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/24/12 - 12:43 pm
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People of Wal-mart
Unpublished

Javantroi (did I spell that correctly?) needs a little time in the pokey where he can grope the man-boobs of 300lb Bruce, his "cellie".

harley_52
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harley_52 12/24/12 - 05:34 pm
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This Won't Look Good...

....on a resume'.

oldfella
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oldfella 12/25/12 - 09:25 am
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He can overcome this setback......

I'll bet he still doesn't have enough charges against him to not get hired by Richmond County. I'm sure they have a few retiring felons since that news story ran a couple of years back.

JaneGoodall
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JaneGoodall 12/25/12 - 02:35 pm
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another day
Unpublished

another worthless ape run amok

smartasugarsugar
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smartasugarsugar 12/26/12 - 03:46 am
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thanks for the correction

thanks for bringing me up to speed. sorry if i offended anyone with the accusation.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 12/28/12 - 02:38 pm
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What a loser!

Throw the book at him and get him off our streets before he takes his seedy behavior to the next level.

What woman in their right mind would ever consider getting into a relationship with such a man once they learn of his publicized nasty history?

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