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

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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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sprintman
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sprintman 01/31/09 - 12:49 pm
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Nah meth is alot bigger

Nah meth is alot bigger problem in Columbia county and Aiken County than south richmond. South richmond doesn't have as many meth cases as CC and North Augusta, Aiken.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/31/09 - 01:47 pm
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People with psychiatric

People with psychiatric problems can't help it. I don't mind my tax money being spent on them; they lead tortured lives and compassion and decency dictates that we pay for treatment. And yes, tax dollars are used for that, tax dollars pay for state mental hospitals, indigent care in hospitals, and Medicaid. It sounds more like she was trying to manipulate a family member/husband/boyfriend. I hope she gets the help that she needs.

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laprince 01/31/09 - 01:59 pm
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Since children are not

Since children are not involved Christian134 is not on here making comments today because she or he doesn't understand Mental illness. This woman has some serious issues, maybe she is going back in childhood pulling stunts to get attention. But this goes to show that there are some serious cases in society just like that Hawes girl.

laprince
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laprince 01/31/09 - 02:04 pm
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Hossiv, I can say that she's

Hossiv, I can say that she's white, because there are some people on here that look for black people to do something just so they can make hellaous comments. No the crime is not the same but it's all insanity even for the guy to try to run over the police. Halt means halt.

laprince
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laprince 01/31/09 - 02:09 pm
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What about the white

What about the white guy..Jailer bringing drugs and cigarettes to inmates...Insane too..why, You are going to loose your job...Greed might be the factor here. Or should have gotton a real part time job if he couldn't make ends meet...

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kissofdeath 01/31/09 - 02:25 pm
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They never did say who were

They never did say who were the kidnappers;Did she say it was too black guys?You and I know thats a weird story.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/31/09 - 03:14 pm
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Normal mentally healthy

Normal mentally healthy people, especially adults, do not do this. Maybe in your experience they do, but not for the rest of us. Rational people know that Wal-Mart has security cameras and a story like that could easily be disproved. If you think those actions were that of a mentally healthy person, then I don't know what to tell you. And your explanation is????

sprintman
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sprintman 01/31/09 - 04:25 pm
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A drug probably crack or meth

A drug probably crack or meth or heroin. Change her way of thinking. Smoking weed or alcohol is not going to make you. Tell the police this crap that the lady said happen. Who would want to sit in jail for doing this. Only a person who had a drug habit on the hardest one's crack, meth, & heroin. Like other ppl have said she looks about 55 not 34.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/31/09 - 06:50 pm
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The reason not as many regs

The reason not as many regs comment on things like this is there aren't nearly as many morons on here defending the [filtered word] criminal as with most articles saying the only reason they are portrayed as a [filtered word] is because of their color not their actions!!!!! How's that guess for an answer!! lol

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AmberWolf 01/31/09 - 07:06 pm
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This person's color is not

This person's color is not relevant, her disservice to victims everywhere certainly is. From personal experience, I can tell you that it is difficult to bring charges on any perpetrator, even with just cause and evidence. What this person has done is make it more difficult for any woman to succeed in bringing about a fair resolution to any charge of attack or abuse. I would hope she is charged to the fullest extent of the law! Shame on her!

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Justthefacts please 01/31/09 - 09:36 pm
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I am a white male in my 70s

I am a white male in my 70s and have lived in the South all my life. Years ago when I went through Officer Candidate School in the US Army my best buddy was a black kid from Palisades Park, N.J. We helped each other get through the toughest tests of our lives. I grew up a sharecropper's son on a farm and on Saturday nights went to the movies with two young black men who were my friends. I cried because they had to sit in the balcony. I am a firm supporter of Michael Steele, the new GOP chairman and he has my unqualified support. This country would be a lot better off if George Bush had made Walter Williams secretary of the treasury and Herman Cain commerce secretary. They share a distinction. They are both black men. Williams is a distinguished professor of economics and Cain salvaged a lot of failing companies. It's not the color that makes the person, it's the character. Right now I have a friend who was stolen blind by three black females we trusted to care for him. I hope they get 20 years in the pen, and it makes no difference their color. It's the enormity of the crime, the insult to humanity that saddens me the most of all.

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Justthefacts please 01/31/09 - 09:39 pm
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...to continue. This poor

...to continue. This poor befuddled woman who is alleged to have made a false claim needs help. Apparently she is seeking attention and this is the way she chose. Along with the help, she should be ordered to perform some community service to make amends for her action.

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minime 01/31/09 - 11:17 pm
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The chick (aka) needs help -

The chick (aka) needs help - that is true. No matter colored or pale (sic). What's really pathetic is the story ya'll re-wrote in these here comments... she needs a new life, can you folks garner one for yourselves?

PS: is the canal drained yet?

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riptide 02/01/09 - 09:58 am
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d1216 here you go again, you

d1216 here you go again, you sound like one sick little puppy. you giving obama credit for every thing that comes along. you fit the status of so many that can not stand on their own or most important THINK for themselves. You appear to be just like those that believed Al Gore when he took credit for inventing the internet. I suppose you will give Obama credit when the sun comes up tomorow

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riptide 02/01/09 - 10:25 am
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dc1216 owe you an apology, I

dc1216 owe you an apology, I re-read the article and saw that there was no mention of a description of the false attacker. there was no mention of a black or anything. you jumped the gun and automaticly gave credit to a African-American. In your dream world give your hero Obama credit for that one too

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saltine 02/02/09 - 12:49 pm
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She ran out of head games

She ran out of head games with her boy friend,went back to her ex-husband and has now ran out of games with him.YES she needs help before another victim is found.

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lindaa 02/03/09 - 02:19 am
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pray for this lady she maybe

pray for this lady she maybe needs help an is asking for it by lying.please pray for her!jj

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Ole School 02/03/09 - 06:15 am
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looks like a person whom

looks like a person whom wanted some attention !

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willistontownsc 02/03/09 - 09:34 am
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Why are you all assuming that

Why are you all assuming that she was in a relationship? We don't know that.

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Chuchi 02/03/09 - 09:59 am
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Justthefacts, I read your

Justthefacts, I read your post, and thank you. I wish everyone who posts on this forum would show such good sense allied with compassion.

saltine
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saltine 02/03/09 - 02:27 pm
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I do know,she left her

I do know,she left her boyfriend,went back to her ex,and DID tell the police that it was a BLACK ! The only part of this that matters,is, a NUT comes in all colors!!!!!

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onlynaugusta 02/04/09 - 12:01 pm
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If she lied about the crime,

If she lied about the crime, she's definitely doing the same about her age. She's 43!

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mable8 02/04/09 - 02:41 pm
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How does anyone know WHO or

How does anyone know WHO or HOW medical care will be paid; she does not live in a depressed area and probably has the means to pay her own psychiatric care if that is what is needed. And the woman lives in McDUFFIE County where the incident occurred, not Columbia County--or have some of you posters lost your map? Until there is an evaluation, no one will know whether or not she needs care for a mental illness. Furthermore, she is not the person who did something similar (as some have reported) at the Augusta Mall.

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apex24 02/04/09 - 03:43 pm
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willistontownsc, you need to

willistontownsc, you need to shutup after what you said about the child dying in the fire. You idiot!!!!!

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toldya 02/04/09 - 03:51 pm
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It was a misprint- 34 is her

It was a misprint- 34 is her IQ

mable8
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mable8 02/04/09 - 04:00 pm
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Some posters appear to have

Some posters appear to have less than an IQ of 34, including you, gottabquiet. If this woman is mentally ill or even mentally distressed, why are you castigating her? No one has all the facts; if nothing is wrong with her, then justice will prevail. If she is mentally ill, then she needs treatment, not imprisonment, and certainly not the stigma some posters are bent on applying to her.

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toldya 02/04/09 - 04:50 pm
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Apachris: I wouldn't ride her

Apachris: I wouldn't ride her with your horse. LOL

toldya
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toldya 02/04/09 - 04:54 pm
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Mable8- then get a job in the

Mable8- then get a job in the psychiatric ward and treat her. She is a sicko looking for attention- well she's got it now. FYI- My IQ is 157 and I would only need 1/2 of that to determine you are one of those where "everything is treatable". I'll tell you how to treat her- throw her in a cell- like we don't spend enough time, effort and money on real crimes. Geez

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oneforall 02/04/09 - 05:59 pm
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Mable8: It is you who has

Mable8: It is you who has lost her map or does not know how to read one. The 5100 block of White Oak Rd in Appling Ga is in Columbia County not McDuffie County. I tend to love it when people who think their smarter then everyone else is wrong(refrence your IQ comment)

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WHYNOTPRAYER 02/05/09 - 11:36 am
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Help is what she wanted and

Help is what she wanted and help is what she will get.At lease that's what we hope.Pray for her.

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