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Police say woman robbed in Athens

ATHENS — A man who approached a woman under the pretense of hitting on her, threw the woman into a vehicle and robbed her, police said.

The woman was walking from the J-Mart at U.S. 72 and Hine Street on Sunday at 12:40 a.m. when a man approached her and asked for her telephone number, Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

He identified himself as “Eastwood.”

“She turned to tell him she had a boyfriend, and (he) threw her onto the front seat of her vehicle,” Bruce said. “(He) ripped the victim’s purse from her arm and ran.”

Bruce identified the robber as Derrick Louis East, 23, of 2103 Stanford St., Ath-ens. He was in the Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond, charged with third-degree robbery. Police did not recover the victim’s purse, cell phone or $175 in cash.


Authorities seek suspected robber

ELKMONT — Limestone County authorities say they know the name of a man who robbed a woman Friday in Elkmont, but they don’t know where to find him.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Michael Eddie Harris, 48, of 23533 Berzett Road, Athens, allegedly robbed a woman in the Dollar General parking lot as she walked with her child and shopping cart to her car. McNatt said Harris allegedly had a T-shirt wrapped around his hand and indicated he had a gun.

Harris left the scene in a red pickup truck with a white stripe, McNatt said. Authorities have a warrant for his arrest for first-degree robbery. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Department at 232-0111.


Man OK after jump from river bridge

Decatur police said they weren’t sure what prompted a man to leap from the Hudson Memorial Bridge into the Tennessee River on Monday.

Lt. Frank DeButy said Gregory Mark Plys, 38, was apparently drunk when he jumped from the northbound bridge at about 7 p.m.

“He swam to shore, where police were waiting with medical people,” DeButy said. “They checked him, and he denied treatment. He showed signs of being under the influence.”

DeButy said police charged Plys with public intoxication and took him to Decatur City Jail. DeButy said police did not know whether Plys intended to injure himself or if he jumped off the bridge on a lark.

Seth Burkett

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