Posted: Monday, August 27th 2012 at 4:03pm
GBI charges three in weekend beating near Alto
By Rob Moore Editor
CLARKESVILLE – Three men were booked into the Habersham County Detention Center Monday afternoon, accused in the beating of another man overnight Saturday.
“We were requested today [Monday] to look at a case in which a victim was beaten over the weekend in Habersham County,” said Special Agent in Charge Kimberly Williams of Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 8.
“There are three people who are headed to jail now who were involved in the beating of an individual,” Williams said at 2:45 p.m. Monday.
“We are in the process of getting warrants for aggravated battery for the three individuals involved,” Williams said.
Those arrested include Billy Michael Long, 31, of Baldwin; Zachary Armour, 18, of Alto; and Tyler Jake Tyler, 19, of Alto.
According to the initial incident report filed with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Paul Jardine was called to the emergency room at Habersham Medical Center in Demorest at 3:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
A female in one of the treatment rooms told Jardine she had received a call from one of the victim’s family members earlier in the night, telling her that he found the victim, 36-year-old Matthew David Allison of Alto, in a ditch on the side of Herrin Mill Road, Alto, and that Allison had been beaten up.
The female told the officer the relative said Allison was attacked in the woods and that Allison had crawled to the location where his relative discovered him.
The female said she observed that Allison was in need of emergency care, so she took him to the hospital.
The incident occurred between the time the female talked to Allison at 11:22 p.m. Saturday and the relative located him at 12:17 a.m. Sunday.
Monday’s arrests came as the result of investigation by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the GBI.
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