For the third time in three months, a store in Thomaston has been robbed at gunpoint. The first occurred on April 12 at Cook’s Market. The second happened two weeks later, on April 28, at Best Value. This latest robbery happened last Friday night, June 5, at The Dollar General store at the five-way stop.
According to Thomaston Police Lieutenant Andrew Pippin, at about 10:30 p.m., just prior to closing, a black male wearing a heavy black jacket with a hoodie, a black, cloth-like t-shirt concealing his face, and multi-colored tennis shoes entered the store.
“There was a Dollar General employee who was bringing stuff back in from out front, because they were closing in about 20 minutes,” Pippin said. “As he was bringing stuff in, that’s when the guy walked inside Dollar General. He motioned with his gun for that worker to come back inside.
“He pulled a handgun out of his jacket pocket and pointed it at the clerk, as well as approximately 12 people standing in line, three of them were children,” the lieutenant noted. “He told them not to move. The clerk gave him approximately $700 out of the cash register. He then fled on foot east on East Thompson Street. He was in the Dollar General approximately 26 seconds.”
While there are similarities between the three robberies in how the suspects were dressed and the weapons they carried, Lt Pippin said this latest robbery was much more brazen than the others.
“He didn’t even wait till the store was almost empty. He went in with the most people actually in line. Not to say that it is not possible, but I just don’t see any connection with the other two robberies.”
Am I DUI?
While a Thomaston woman could be applauded for being concerned enough about the safety of herself and others to want to be checked to see if it was safe for her to drive after drinking alcohol, she spoiled the acclaim by driving to the Upson County Sheriff’s Office to request the test. She now faces a DUI charge.
According to a report by Upson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Justin Hammock, at about 8:15 p.m. on June 5, he was sent to the front lobby of the Sheriff’s Office to meet someone who wanted to speak to a deputy. There he made contact with the complaintant, identified as 38-year-old Serina Slaughter. She allegedly said that she had been drinking at her sister’s party earlier in the day and wanted to be tested to see if it was safe for her to drive. When Sgt. Hammock asked how she got to the Sheriff’s Office, she allegedly replied, “I drove myself here.” She said she had drank about four hours before, then had gone to sleep.
They walked outside the office and Slaughter submitted to taking a field sobriety test, and Hammock noted in his report that he noticed 15 out of 18 clues. She then submitted to a roadside Alco-Sensor breath test and registered positive for alcohol. Hammock advised her that it was not safe for her to drive and asked her why she had not called for a deputy to come to her location to test her, rather than she driving to the Sheriff’s Office. She allegedly replied, “Well, I don’t feel drunk.” When Hammock told her he was arresting her for Driving Under the Influence, Slaugher allegedly walked toward the passenger side of her car, said she was going to smoke a cigarette first, and tried to open the passenger side door. Hammock grabbed her hands behind her back and put her in handcuffs. She was taken to the jail and tested on the Intoxilyzer 5000, where she tested positive on both tests, and she was booked into the jail.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.