Perry feud leads to stabbing, fight with bats

bpurser@macon.comAugust 2, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- An ongoing disagreement between two women escalated into a fight and stabbing early Friday in Perry, and then two men took up baseball bats and joined the fray, police said.

Myrtys Johnson, 52, and Latonia Barrett, 35, apparently started arguing and fighting about 2 a.m. in the 700 block of Patterson Street.

“They had been ya-ya-ing back and forth a few days,” Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said. “They started arguing, then a pushing match and ended up fighting each other.

“The fight was broken up, and both parties went into houses in that area, ... obtained knives and came back out and started fighting again. When they got into it the second time, Johnson was stabbed in the neck,” Dykes said.

Ernest Barrett, 66, and Alfonso Brown, 45, both carrying baseball bats, came out to reportedly stop the fight. Ernest Barrett then started defending Latonia Barrett, his niece, and then the men were fighting with the bats, Dykes said.

When police arrived, it was “a mess,” he said.

Johnson was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. The injury was not life-threatening, and she remains hospitalized.

Ernest Barrett also was injured. Barrett was hit with a bat and suffered a laceration over his right ear and a possible fracture to his right hand, Dykes said.

Latonia Barrett and Brown each were charged with aggravated assault and taken to the Houston County jail, Dykes said. Police haven’t determined whether Johnson and Ernest Barrett will be charged in the incident, Dykes said, but charges are likely.

What the women were initially arguing about wasn’t clear, he said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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