Camilla man reports being attacked in Boat Basin

Published 4:34 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

On Sunday, March 21, Decatur-Grady E-911 received information from the Mitchell County Hospital that a Camilla man had been attacked and stabbed while in Bainbridge and was receiving medical attention at that hospital.

The next day, March 22, Spencer Gene Smith, 18, of Camilla, Ga., filed a report on the incident with Bainbridge Public Safety.

Smith told police he was driving through the Earle May Boat Basin at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday and stopped near the play ground and swimming area. He said he exited his vehicle at which time six to 10 black males rushed him from a shadowy area and attacked him.

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According to the report, Smith suffered two black eyes, four stab wounds to the right thigh and seven stab wounds to the left bicep, from what appeared to be a small blade. Three of the stab wounds required stitches.

Smith said he was able to fight his way to his vehicle and drove away, going to Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla.

The assault is under investigation.

Narcotics arrest made

Three Bainbridge men were arrested in possession of illegal narcotics on Sunday, thanks to information provided by a confidential informant.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Capt. Chip Nix received information that two Bainbridge men, Brock Leneir Byrd, 31 of 1001 Bethel Road, and Thomas Keith Dixon, 24 of 209 Martin St., had been selling crack cocaine and would be traveling through an area of Bainbridge later that evening, according to incident reports.

Using the information, Capt. Nix along with Investigator Redell Walton and Sgt. Jason Williams set up to intercept the vehicle. At approximately 5:45 p.m., the officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description given by the informant.

As was described, Byrd and Dixon were inside the vehicle. Upon searching the car, a quantity of suspected crack cocaine and $1,260 were found inside.

Byrd was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, conspiracy to commit a crime—distribute cocaine and a parole violation on the original charge being possession of cocaine.

Dixon was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to commit a crime—distribute cocaine.

Following the arrest, deputies traveled to 1201 Majestic Ave. in Bainbridge, a residence where Byrd was believed to live. The officers received consent to search the home from Byrd’s half brother, Shelton Bernard Hopkins, 45, who lives at the home.

Inside Hopkins’ room, the officers located a bag of suspected marijuana and other drug-related paraphernalia, including digital scales and sandwich bags commonly used to package marijuana, according to the report.

Hopkins was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.