Man arrested for brutal stick attack and robbery at Athens homeless camp

Chad Mitchell Jennings

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating another man he robbed last month at a camp in the 300 block of North Avenue.

 

Chad Mitchell Jennings, 27, on the evening of Aug. 7 allegedly used a stick to repeatedly beat the 37-year-old victim in the head and face, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Officers responded to Perry’s liquor store on North Avenue, which is where the victim called 911, police said.

Police said they arrived to find the victim bleeding from a 4-inch gash on his forehead and large welts on his face that appeared to come from being struck by “a hard, pointed object,” police said.

The victim told police he and a man he knew only as “Tennessee” were hanging out drinking at the homeless camp when Tennessee suddenly grabbed the victim by the neck and threw him to the ground.

The suspect then used a large stick to hit the victim on the forehead, according to police. After the victim got up off the ground, Jennings allegedly hit him several more times with the stick.

The suspect then allegedly emptied the victim’s pockets, stealing $60, an EBTcard and 24 pills from a bottle of prescription medication.

The victim was treated at the scene by National EMS personnel, who took him to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

After investigators determined the suspect’s true identity, they obtained warrants charging Jennings with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Clarke County sheriff’s deputies located and arrested Jennings Wednesday afternoon in the area of Prince and North Milledge avenues.

Jennings, who has a criminal history in other states, including Kentucky and Tennessee, was being held without bail at the Clarke County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.

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