Man arrested after store manager struck by truck

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NORTH AUGUSTA -- A Publix store manager told police he was struck by a truck while trying to get its tag number after noticing its driver acted suspiciously inside the grocery.

According to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report, at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday the manager of the Publix at 334 E. Martintown Road saw a man acting like he was going to shoplift.

The man left the store, however, and the manager followed him outside to write down his truck's license number. The driver backed up the truck abruptly, almost striking manager.

When the manager asked the driver if he was trying to hit him, he said the man nodded his head indicating yes.

The driver then backed up the truck again, this time striking the manager’s foot and leg.

The manager had red marks on his left leg and foot, but told police nothing was broken, the report states.

Robert Donald Merritt, 50, of Evans, a man identified in the police report, was arrested later Wednesday in Columbia County on a probation charge, according to a jailer for the Columbia County Detention Center.

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HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 07/23/09 - 08:29 am
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Arrested on a probation

Arrested on a probation charge......Why not hit and run??

guess who
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guess who 07/23/09 - 08:29 am
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what act like he was going to

what act like he was going to shoplift,the manager had no reason to stop him if he did not take anything, inwhich it
stated he did,nt if i was mr merritt i would sue the manager,an
publix. the manager was out of his place.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 07/23/09 - 08:29 am
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A criminal from Columbia

A criminal from Columbia County? Evans no less? I thought the only bad guys were from South Augusta!

FlyersFan77
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FlyersFan77 07/23/09 - 08:44 am
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Nope, we have plenty of bad

Nope, we have plenty of bad guys and gals here in CC too.

prolifer
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prolifer 07/23/09 - 08:58 am
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The manager only followed him

The manager only followed him outside to get his tag number. That's not being out of place. The driver admitted he tried to run the manager over and then did so. They should have charged him with aggravated assault if there is no charge for stupidity. In fact, both were pretty stupid. The mgr stayed there after the first attempt???

aaa
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aaa 07/23/09 - 09:00 am
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The vast majority of bad guys

The vast majority of bad guys are indeed from south Augusta. Don't forget that we do have a few remnant law breakers everywhere except for maybe Disney World. Columbia county criminals just run over your foot with their trucks. South Augusta criminals are much worse and won't settle for just a foot.

aaa
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aaa 07/23/09 - 09:02 am
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Guess Who: I think you've got

Guess Who: I think you've got a point. So we're going to start reporting people for weird or suspicious behavior? That would include the entire Richmond County commission!

g-dog express
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g-dog express 07/23/09 - 09:29 am
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humbleopinion, we allowed him

humbleopinion, we allowed him into cc based off your testimony. so why did you lie to us?

xanadu
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xanadu 07/23/09 - 09:52 am
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Im with HHSgrad: why not a

Im with HHSgrad: why not a hit/run/aggravated assault charge? Wait, he's from CC, prob has connections!

LEO
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LEO 07/23/09 - 10:30 am
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The charge of hit and run

The charge of hit and run and/or aggravated assault would be filed in Carolina, and if the victim does not want to prosecute, then the subject wouldn't be charged with that. I'm guessing he will be charged (or he may have been and the AC left that detail out... go figure) and then extradited once his probation violation is dealt with.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/23/09 - 12:06 pm
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Guess who, the manager may

Guess who, the manager may have been stupid for standing there and letting the guy hit him, but do you really think thats cause for this idiot to try to hit him just for getting his tag number?? The manager didnt stop him, he just went out to get his tag number, reread the story!!!! Anyone can take your tag down for anything, it gives you no right to hit someone!! Do you really think if someone writes you tag number down you have the right to intentionally run them over?? If you do you are a moron, the manager should be suing the driver. Doesn't matter if the manager did something dumb or not, you can't go around assaulting people for no reason!! Not to mention this man is obviously a criminal since he was on probation. He had a prior shoplifiting, hit and run, no license or insurance, some probation violations. Yeah the manager was way off in suspecting this [filtered word]!!!! Can I run you over for writing my tag number down??? Would it be ok if someone [filtered word] criminal did this to your child for doing his job???? Get real!!

mgr
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mgr 07/23/09 - 01:51 pm
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If this story is correct

If this story is correct about the manager thought he was going to shoplift, and he didn't see him do it, then it sounds like the manager is a little overzealous. And that can get you hurt.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/23/09 - 01:58 pm
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Maybe, he was getting the tag

Maybe, he was getting the tag number then he could go back and check the video to see if the guy did steal something, then he could report it to the police, the guy was just doing his job. I agree it was dumb of him to confront the guy and stand there to allow the criminal the chance to hurt him he could have gotten shot or killed, but that doesn't give anyone the right to try to run someone over intentionlly for any reason, and he should be charged if that is what happened.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/23/09 - 02:16 pm
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"Guess Who: I think you've

"Guess Who: I think you've got a point. So we're going to start reporting people for weird or suspicious behavior? That would include the entire Richmond County commission!
Posted by aaa on Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:02 AM" Cute. But truly, if everyone had been calling in suspicious activity in the early 90's, and those calls had been addressed seriously, maybe Richmond County wouldn't be getting 150,000 dispatch calls a year now. It took from 1999 to 2008 to get one of my old neighborhood's recidivist cocaine and marijuana traffickers into Federal Prison. He kept getting off lightly locally. And I know for a fact he was reported for loud music, suspicious activity, switching car tags, and a stolen vehicle, before someone finally got something to stick, so there were plenty of opportunities to check him for "materials". A lot of people will report something obvious, like the noise complaints, hoping law enforcement will notice "the rest of the story". Unfortunately the amount of SERIOUS calls are so many now, the above poster is right, they have to prioritize calls, and the 821-1080 calls have to wait for responders to complete the ever-increasing 911 calls.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/23/09 - 02:19 pm
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Cautionary note: standing

Cautionary note: standing tall sometimes gets you shot. You have to be very careful about reporting things and do it anonymously, but don't count on remaining anonymous. Once traffickers find out who you are they will do everything in their power to try to discredit you or worse.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 07/23/09 - 03:34 pm
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Guess Who: Are you for real?

Guess Who: Are you for real? The manager was simply doing his job and keeping all who shop there safer as well as protecting his store and property. He simply tried to obtain a tag number and almost got hit then did end up getting hit by the guy's truck, certainly a criminal act. Your answer? Sue? Sue for what, a manager doing his job and then a crazy man, most likely a thief, striking him with a vehicle. People should ALL get involved and take back their streets, businesses, neighborhoods, etc. from thieves, thugs, violent criminals, etc. Of course, they should do so to the best of their ability wihtout getting injured but there is no way there will ever be enough police to do the proper job of policing and citizens should be and can be a very big help. Getting tag numbers or suspects is certainly a great start as well as what the community is doing in Harrisburg.

john
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john 07/23/09 - 04:12 pm
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what is the manager, psychic?

what is the manager, psychic?

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 07/23/09 - 05:17 pm
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I find it a good policy not

I find it a good policy not to read post that start of with "maybe" or if you can spot a bunch of punctuation in them at a glance... those people seem to be very angry.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/23/09 - 06:07 pm
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Whats your problem with me

Whats your problem with me Barstoolalchy? Why did this come out of nowhere? You don't even comment on the article. What are you a criminal too? A family member of yours who did this? Or is guess who your little boyfriend or something? Did it hit home or something? Nothing angry about that post. If you had read it, its a statement of I can't believe how stupid some people are, not angry. I have heard this before, whats your regular name on here, why didnt you post again to me under that? You obviously just have a problem with me. I can't remember which reg you are and you dont have the..you know whats.. to admit it or use that name. HAHA But then again with a name like yours implying you are a drunk, I take what you say with a grain of salt. I just hope you aren't one of those drunks who thinks they can drive fine and selfishly jeopardize everyone else on the road. How many dui's have you had? HAHA

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