A 53-year-old Thomaston man is facing an armed robbery charge after he allegedly held a knife to his 75-year-old mother’s throat and demanded money.
According to a report by Upson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Barfield, the incident occurred at 1240 Solomon Street on the evening of February 8, 2014. When Barfield arrived, he spoke to the victim, Martha Mae Reeves, who said her son, identified as Edward Lewis Cook, who lives with her at that address, came home while she was talking on the phone to a friend. Mrs. Reeves said after she finished her phone conversation, she noticed Reeves in her bedroom, going through her things. When she asked him what he was doing, he told her he wanted some money and his food stamp card.
Mrs. Reeves said she had gotten out of her wheelchair and was standing with the aid of her cane when Cook allegedly pushed her onto the bed and held a knife with a black handle and silver blade to her throat. Cook said he knew she had money and asked where it was. Mrs. Reeves said she kept it in her pocketbook behind her pillow, and offered to get it for him.
Cook allegedly grabbed her around her neck to keep her from moving, then reached across the bed and grabbed her pocketbook. He searched it and took $43 from her pocketbook and his foodstamp card, then left.
Sgt. Barfield stated in his report than while he was speaking with Mrs. Reeves, he noticed she was crying uncontrollably and was very upset. He observed the bedroom having things strewn about it, with items from her pocketbook laying on the floor and on the bed.
A warrant for the arrest of Edward Lewis Cook was secured. He was located in the Lincoln Park area early the next morning and arrested and transported to the Upson County Jail, where he was charged with armed robbery.
The Upson County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating several unrelated burglaries. The first occurred on Feb. 7 at a home on Logtown Road. When Sgt. Barfield arrived, the property owner said someone had taken a free-standing fireplace valued at $500, two five-brick heaters valued at $350 each, one three-brick heater valued at $200, five window air conditioner units valued at $200 each, and a storm door valued at $125.
The second burglary happened on Feb. 13 at a home on Odom Road. The homeowner told Sgt. Barfield someone had stolen several firearms from his shop behind his house. Taken were a 12-gauge pump shotgun valued at $200, an AK-47 with a wood stock/forearm and leather sling valued at $1,000, an AK-47 with a wood forearm and collapsible stock valued at $1,000, an SKS with wood stock valued at $300, and a .22 caliber automatic rifle valued at $125.
A third theft occurred at Mac’s Grill on Highway 19 North on Feb. 18. The owner, John McElroy, told Deputy Justin Hammock someone stole his 32 caliber double action revolver valued at $300. He said he normally kept the pistol over a service window on a shelf in his restaurant.
Finally, a fourth burglary also occurred on Feb. 18 at a house on Miller Street. The homeowner told Deputy Derric Pearson someone stole his blue and white Yamaha YZ 250 dirt bike from his backyard. The value of the bike is unknown.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.