Columbia County woman arrested after reporting false attack at Wal-Mart

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 6:06 PM
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THOMSON - A 34-year-old Columbia County woman who claimed she was kidnapped and assaulted during a shopping trip to Thomson earlier this week was charged on Friday with making up the story.

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Tabitha C. Barton

Tabatha C. Barton, of the 5100 block of Whiteoak Road, Appling, was charged with false reporting of a crime, a misdemeanor, according to Thomson Police Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle. Ms. Barton was being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center on $1,050 bond Friday night.

Ms. Barton's arrest came after she confessed to making up a story that she was abducted at knifepoint and later attacked after buying groceries at the Wal-Mart in Thomson shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Whittle said during a Friday press conference at the police department. "She admitted that she lied about the whole thing," Lt. Whittle said, noting that she never indicated why she made up the story.

"During the course of our investigation, the evidence did not correlate with what she said happened," Lt. Whittle said.

Initially Ms. Barton, who gave several conflicting accounts about what reportedly happened, notified a family member first instead of calling 911. After telling the family member that she had been assaulted with a knife, a 911 call was placed to the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.

The woman said she was cut on the arm and stomach while waiting at the red light at the intersection of Harrison and Cobbham roads - less than a half block from Wal-Mart. She claimed that the man then forced her to drive him to Interstate 20 where he jumped out of her Ford Expedition. The woman then drove to the intersection of Cobbham and Stagecoach roads, where the relative was telephoned.

A number of deputies and police officers arrived on the scene, as did an ambulance. Ms. Barton was treated at the scene by medical personnel for a laceration to her right arm and abrasions to her stomach, Lt. Whittle said. She later was taken to Trinity Hospital in Augusta where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Deputies and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol searched the area in an attempt to locate the reported assailant, including along a stretch of I-20 in both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

The investigator said while authorities were investigating the reported crime scene and interviewing that city police officers were gathering evidence from surveillance tapes at Wal-Mart which discounted the woman's version of what had taken place. Lt. Whittle said a tape revealed that after Ms. Barton loaded groceries into the back of her vehicle that she reentered the store and purchased a three-inch paring knife.

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HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/30/09 - 07:13 pm
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I wonder if it is the same

I wonder if it is the same lady that lied about the Augusta Mall incident. Maybe lie is too strong a word. Made more out of it than it was might be better.

sprintman
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sprintman 01/30/09 - 07:36 pm
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Meth user definitely

Meth user definitely

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/30/09 - 08:06 pm
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This lady needs help, or shes

This lady needs help, or shes just so inconsiderate she was just trying to get someones attention, not thinking or caring they would call the cops. duhhh Reguardless after she gets out she needs to repay the expense of the false manhunt!!!!! sprintman, what is your obession with meth lately? Are all white criminals meth heads? lol

El Guapo
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El Guapo 01/30/09 - 08:15 pm
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Nah, some white folks like

Nah, some white folks like that cocaine. Especially in Columbia County. Meth is more of a South Richmond County thing.

El Guapo
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El Guapo 01/30/09 - 08:16 pm
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Man, she looks pretty rode

Man, she looks pretty rode hard for a 34 year old.

brianw
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brianw 01/30/09 - 08:32 pm
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Apachecris...so

Apachecris...so wrong...funny, true...but so wrong.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 01/30/09 - 08:49 pm
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Meth, alcohol, whatever it

Meth, alcohol, whatever it is.. she looks about 50, not 34.

420Time
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420Time 01/30/09 - 10:15 pm
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I am surprised she didn't

I am surprised she didn't claim she was kidnapped and forced to drive to East Augusta and assaulted by the homeboys.

laprince
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laprince 01/30/09 - 10:17 pm
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Another example of Mental

Another example of Mental Illness folks. I don't see the regular comment makers on here today. OOPS, I know why....SHE'S WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 01/30/09 - 10:48 pm
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Now that President Obamba is

Now that President Obamba is in office these attempts to frame up Africian-americans are not working so well are they? I've been telling you that a new day was comming.

211lover
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211lover 01/30/09 - 10:56 pm
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lol @ rode hard
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lol @ rode hard

fred1217
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fred1217 01/30/09 - 10:57 pm
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The Augusts Chronicle finally

The Augusts Chronicle finally reporting on Crime in Columbia County...Now that's "Change You Can Believe In". It does seem like PatriciaTom, 55-F-200, Christian90210, SargentMiddleVill, and SisterXFiles are AWOL when it comes to commenting on the Columbia County Crime Wave.

PeggyRuth382
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PeggyRuth382 01/30/09 - 11:00 pm
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Like Obama really cares what

Like Obama really cares what goes on in Columbia County and surronding areas...Get real ..You dont have to frame up an African American..they do a good job of that themselves

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 01/30/09 - 11:48 pm
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Dude, she's hot.

Dude, she's hot.

DefaultChoice
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DefaultChoice 01/31/09 - 12:33 am
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It didn't happen in Columbia

It didn't happen in Columbia County, she just resides there! The crime happened in Mcduffie County, hence the reason she's being held in Mcduffie County Jail. None the less, she's need to be locked up in a mental institute, she has issues!! Did she say the alledged assailants race? Just curious. I haven't been keeping up with this story.

KSL
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KSL 01/31/09 - 12:35 am
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I would love for justus4 to

I would love for justus4 to see yet another pic of a white person posted by the AC.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 01/31/09 - 12:53 am
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How very embarrassing. Her

How very embarrassing. Her life must be quiet dull.

mable8
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mable8 01/31/09 - 01:32 am
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For those who say she blamed

For those who say she blamed the incident on a black man, there is no mention of race--it just says a male assaulted her. Why don't you read the article before you post your racist opinions! It just may be that she is mentally ill; but the article doesn't mention that either. What is for certain, she made a false police report and will pay the consequences.

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 01/31/09 - 02:10 am
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wth is a 'pairing' knife...

wth is a 'pairing' knife... is that anything like a paring knife?

whatsupwiththat
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whatsupwiththat 01/31/09 - 02:12 am
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She's not hot. She's not 50.

She's not hot. She's not 50. She's an idiot and a liar. Charge her accordingly. Punish her accordingly. And for some select others commenting; it's called "spell check". Know it...use it. Appear more intelligent.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 01/31/09 - 02:14 am
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Well, like Susan Smith, I'm

Well, like Susan Smith, I'm suprised she did't say it was a black man. But I guess not since she did not have kids in the car with her.

1941
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1941 01/31/09 - 08:46 am
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They have been doing that

They have been doing that most of thier lives.LYING!

1941
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1941 01/31/09 - 08:50 am
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What the hell do President

What the hell do President Obama, have to do with this lying a--.

1941
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1941 01/31/09 - 08:56 am
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Laprince, You are so right.

Laprince, You are so right. The regulars are not here today because, the GOP elected a BLACK MAN, to chair the GOP. They are so schocked that they do not care to discuss it today.HEHEHE.

hossiv
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hossiv 01/31/09 - 09:30 am
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Mimsy and Laprince, This

Mimsy and Laprince, This woman is obviously very messed up and looks like white trash. This story is pretty dull compared to a known drug dealer trying to run over police cars or a shooting in a night club. Sorry, you cant use the "shes white and no one cares" card here. Its also saturday and a lot of people sit on line at their desk while at work instead of actually working. I know I like to more than I should. haha

disssman
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disssman 01/31/09 - 10:02 am
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Translation of story. Woman

Translation of story. Woman makes false statement to police, residentds of county now responsible for thousands of dollars in psychiatric care and rehabilitation.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 01/31/09 - 11:33 am
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How do the residents pay for
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How do the residents pay for psychiatric care and rehab? Do they really use tax dollars for that?

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 01/31/09 - 11:36 am
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Obviously a depressed

Obviously a depressed individual who needs some help.

jack234
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jack234 01/31/09 - 11:44 am
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What is happening to the

What is happening to the residents of Columbia County? HELLO! HELLO!

WW1949
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WW1949 01/31/09 - 12:04 pm
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Hello, Hello jack. There are

Hello, Hello jack. There are mentally unstable people everywhere.

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