LATEST: Argument led to Augusta Mall parking lot incident

Saturday, May 16, 2009 7:19 PM
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An argument between a man and the mother of his child led to Friday's incident at Augusta Mall's parking lot in which several people were hit by a car.

Keith Lavelle Varner Jr.  Special
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Keith Lavelle Varner Jr.

Keith Lavelle Varner Jr., 19, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault family violence after police say he ran into the mother of his child, their six-month-old baby and four other people around 9 p.m. Friday night, said Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. Calvin Chew.

Mr. Varner began arguing with his child's mother, Reneshia Williams, outside the mall in front of the food court when he saw her walking out of the building with a group of friends.

Mr. Varner backed up his vehicle and then rammed into Ms. Williams, their child and the four friends. They were all transported to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, Sgt. Chew said today. Ms. Williams and her infant were not injured, but the other four victims were treated and released from the hospital after suffering lacerations, bruises and possibly a broken hip.

Mr. Varner was arrested and remains in the Richmond County Jail without bond.

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Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 07:27 pm
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He will probably get

He will probably get probation by easystreet!

g-dog express
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g-dog express 05/16/09 - 07:56 pm
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What kind of person would try

What kind of person would try to run over his own child with a car?

braxtonkbragg_
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braxtonkbragg_ 05/16/09 - 07:59 pm
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g-dog----you are looking at

g-dog----you are looking at him, duh!

coolette
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coolette 05/16/09 - 08:08 pm
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I call that attempted murder

I call that attempted murder with a 7000 lb. deadly weapon!!

asustudent75
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asustudent75 05/16/09 - 08:08 pm
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And we, as taxpayers, get to

And we, as taxpayers, get to pay for all of the medical bills for those brought to MCG to get medical treatment....

That guy is demented if he tried to run over his own child along with a crowd of people. C-R-A-Z-Y

mad_max
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mad_max 05/16/09 - 08:47 pm
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Yep Yep. Hospital bills for 6

Yep Yep. Hospital bills for 6 on this one and for 2 more wounded on the G'dn Hwy. All you RC taxpayers ante-up. Gonna be an expensive weekend for us since last night was only Friday. Wonder how many we will have to foot the bill for in the aftermath of Thunder Over Augusta? Hey AC, can we get like a weekend total taxpayer medical bill and a breakdown of who, what, and where. After all, we are paying the bill so we should get an itemized statement. I think I can prove that it ain't the smokers running up the cost of healthcare.

braxtonkbragg_
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braxtonkbragg_ 05/16/09 - 08:57 pm
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DO IT, Max----you got that

DO IT, Max----you got that right!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/16/09 - 09:04 pm
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What a piece of crap this guy

What a piece of crap this guy is! You know good and well that he doesn't care one iota for his child...NOTHING! I'm quite sure he has some sort of record, and if by the greatest outside chance that he doesn't, well, guess what? He does now! He deserves to be in jail, or given the death penalty because he DID try to hurt/kill those people.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/16/09 - 09:47 pm
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What a [filtered word].. another prime

What a [filtered word].. another prime example of why some people should be sterilized.

asustudent75
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asustudent75 05/16/09 - 10:52 pm
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$$$$$$....I keep hearing the

$$$$$$....I keep hearing the register ringing up more bills! Not just the medical bills for the tax payers to pay, but the legal bills for this guy! When am I ever going to get something for free???? Oh...that's right, I am a good citizen and work for a living and have a conscience....guess I am screwed!

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 05/16/09 - 11:03 pm
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he will walk the streets in

he will walk the streets in no time and have no remorse for what he did.. next time it will the body of that woman and that poor child!!

mommy22girls
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mommy22girls 05/16/09 - 11:33 pm
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What went down then Mr

What went down then Mr Blackboy...?

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/16/09 - 11:43 pm
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Running people down, yea free

Running people down, yea free this punk. This is the problem with the black community they will support those who are criminals. I don't understand this concept. If more blacks would stand up in their community and convict and outcast the few bad apples then the law enforcement wouldn't be the enemy. The police would be their to help if the black community would trust them. The poor white communities are not any better except they will point the finger. They don't have a problem putting their own trash in jail. I know there is the history of the black community which they needed to help each other, because of the prejudices of the past. Let the past be the past and work with law enforcement so they can help you clean up the neighborhoods. We the people, which includes all, need to stand against those who ruin our neighborhoods

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bone 05/16/09 - 11:43 pm
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i imagine there were plenty

i imagine there were plenty of non-shoppers around to riot after the incident occurred. i think the augusta mall is going to regret not getting tougher with the thug element...

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 05/17/09 - 12:45 am
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Thanks for reminding me why I

Thanks for reminding me why I don't shop at the mall.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 05/17/09 - 01:30 am
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I made the comment about the

I made the comment about the cost to taxpayers from the shooting at the Econo-Lodge..........Check out the story from that one and see if you don't think that the mug shots look like the same POS.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 05/17/09 - 02:06 am
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Can't say I'm at all

Can't say I'm at all surprised by the photo of the perp.

MandJ
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MandJ 05/17/09 - 03:28 am
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I want to see the security

I want to see the security video. I spoke with a witness that said this guy drove away from the crowd, turned around, and drive back into the crowd at about 30-35mph. Video will tell the story and you KNOW the mall has video of the parking lot outside the food court.

TattooKenny
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TattooKenny 05/17/09 - 03:55 am
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I also spoke with the witness

I also spoke with the witness that was there and saw the whole thing. He chased the guy down on his motorcycle so the police could catch him. I have video of the police stopping the suspect as well as video of people at the mall being loaded in the the ambulance and a BABY being put in the ambulance with it's mother! I was then told to stop filming and told to leave by mall security.....

When the driver got away from the crowd the first time he had no right to turn the car around and run people over! I saw the car he was driving first hand. There were shoe marks down the hood, the windshield was smashed in 2 places from where a body had hit it. Dents all over the front end. I hope that guy never sees the outside of a jail cell again!

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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 07:34 am
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MILTON you are an idiot. What

MILTON you are an idiot. What Black community has come out to support this guy? When the friends and family of the Professor that killed the three in Athens came out and supported him, where was your the White community will support any white person comment? I am beginning to believe that you and JUSTUS4 are twins separated at birth.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 07:38 am
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To BARONESS and BONE, no one

To BARONESS and BONE, no one rioted and to make a statement that this is why you do not shop at the mall is silly. I recently got back here but I cannot recall one single time where my family informed me of anyone getting ran over at the mall in the past. Martin Luther King Jr. Mother was murder in church, I do not recall that people stop going to church because of that. I guess you do not leave the house because more crime occurs in the streets than at the local mall.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 07:40 am
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Free Keith!!! In about 100

Free Keith!!! In about 100 years.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 05/17/09 - 08:13 am
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braxton your response showed

braxton your response showed your iq. It was a rhetorical questions. Problem with this Keith issue is that he will spend a few days in jail, take a anger management class or two, buy a gun and shoot them next time. Our greatest threat to human life is the government for their inability to protect human life and put away those who need to be put away.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 05/17/09 - 09:00 am
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Colcamp Re-read my post!

Colcamp Re-read my post!

WW1949
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WW1949 05/17/09 - 09:22 am
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Maybe they need to run over

Maybe they need to run over him

mother1971
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mother1971 05/17/09 - 11:15 am
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for you misinformed people

for you misinformed people who commented on this article you shouldn't make comments on things that you dont have the full truthful story on. He did not hit his baby or his baby mother and he did not start anything w/her she is a mixed up, jealous little girl who cn't have the man so she will do whatever she can to ruin his life. Yes he did hit people with the car but no one is reporting how all of the people who were hit was involved in surrounding the car and threating him and my daughter who was also in the car. I regret what happen but get all of the facts before you down someone.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/17/09 - 11:42 am
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I wish the cops at Cherry

I wish the cops at Cherry Tree crossing were there....

colcamp1
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colcamp1 05/17/09 - 02:27 pm
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Mother someone lied to you.

Mother someone lied to you. There were no one surrounding his car. This person sped at these people who were on foot. Only by the grace of GOD did he miss the Mother of his Child, not from lack of trying. No one threatened him or your Daughter and I look forward to testifying in court against this sorry [filtered word] This IDIOT had a chance to leave the scene but instead got into his vehicle, did a U-Turn, and sped between cars directly at the victims. Instead of you defending this piece of manure, you should be worrying about your Daughter. At least the child's Mother had the sense to be his EX-GIRLFRIEND.

mother1971
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mother1971 05/17/09 - 04:12 pm
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first of all colcamp1 if u

first of all colcamp1 if u must know.. im concerned about my daughter and keith. most of u making all these comments dont know keith and dont understand what actually happened. do u know what happened that eventually led up to the people getting hit???? no i dnt think so and I'll be in court also to testify on his behalf cause this is all crazy. Did u see the video tape?? No.... Was u at the mall with my daughter and keith when all this was going down?? No... So how can you tell me what happened when my daughter and her friends told me exactly what happened..... Everyone believes that they know what happened based on the news but what everyone fails to realize is that the news is lying and no one wants to hear the truth. He didnt hit Reneshia nor Jaylen... they both were observed at the hospital and they were fine (thank God)... And all this happend because Reneashia can't let go of someone who doesnt want her... Her sense was been gone

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disssman 05/17/09 - 06:56 pm
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Can he prove he is the daddy?

Can he prove he is the daddy? Sounds like he was mad at his babby mama real bad. Maybe she didn't share the welfare check and spent it on new nails and braids. If that was the case then maybe it was justified. I noticed they didn't charge him with use of a deadly weapon, but in the recent , justified and needed, cop killing, that was the reason for the killing, what gives.

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