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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brownskin30434
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brownskin30434 02/05/09 - 12:45 pm
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It's immediately assumed that

It's immediately assumed that this woman has a mental illness or that she's a substance abuser. Could it be that she came up with this story so that she could sue Wal-Mart (I didn't mention Wal-Mart, the article did) saying she was kidnapped because Wal-Mart didn't have adequate lighting or security in its parking lot?

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yasper21 02/05/09 - 12:53 pm
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Thank goodness we have a half

Thank goodness we have a half black president who had a caucasion mother (who birthed him too!) to raise him, and now the police finally have the support to follow through on these kinds of criminals. Thank goodness.

jusanote
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jusanote 02/05/09 - 04:17 pm
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apachecris- if you are going

apachecris- if you are going to start a good saying, finish it. The term is..rode hard and put away wet! It certainly does apply in this case.lol. Seriously, obviously there is something wrong with the woman and in addition to receiving her just punishment. Some time should be taken to discover why she made up this stupid lie in the first place. Nobody should have that great a need for attention. If that were the case there are much less embarassing ways to get it!

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 02/10/09 - 11:08 am
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You need to shut the [filtered word] up,

You need to shut the [filtered word] up, apex24!

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/11/09 - 02:27 am
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Is SandyK2005 Tabitha C.

Is SandyK2005 Tabitha C. Barton?

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/11/09 - 02:29 am
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At lease she was wearing the

At lease she was wearing the right color for the occassion.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/11/09 - 02:34 am
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People in Thomson get real

People in Thomson get real creative when they get board.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 02/11/09 - 05:54 am
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"Meth is more of a South

"Meth is more of a South Richmond County thing." ----- Nope, Blacks like to get "high" they don't want to become SuperFund toxic waste cleanup sites, instead. Whites tend to not care for some reason, perhaps because they consider all those weeping infected sores they get from meth as nothing but bad pimples. Either way, it's the most gross addiction of the all, as even IV drug users boils don't stink as much as meth addicts infected sores. Strangely white people don't mind their noses being eaten from cocaine, either. Maybe, just maybe, the saving grace for Blacks in drug addictions is pure fashion.

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