The Macon Police Department suspended a detective Monday night and fired a second officer Tuesday in unrelated incidents, according to department news releases.
In the first incident, detective Erick Holmes, a four-year veteran of the department, was arrested Monday by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office on charges of misdemeanor family violence-related simple battery. Holmes turned himself in to sheriff’s officials after allegedly assaulting his wife Saturday night.
Holmes has been placed on a five-day administrative leave with possible termination, police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said. The sheriff’s report said the victim waved down a deputy at a gas station on Arkwright Road about 8:15 p.m. Saturday. The victim told the deputy she was assaulted by her husband at their apartment, leaving marks on her face and neck. The deputy didn’t see marks on her face or neck but did see marks and scratches under her right and left armpits and on her forearms, according to the report. At her apartment, the victim told the deputy that Holmes allegedly confronted her with a picture of another man earlier that afternoon. He allegedly prevented her from leaving the residence and pushed her to the floor, the report said. Holmes is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat during the incident. Holmes allegedly took her keys away and her cell phone, but the woman managed to leave the apartment on foot before Holmes followed her in his unmarked police car and told her to get in, the report stated. The victim got her car key back but didn’t get her apartment key.
After Holmes left for a part-time job, the victim drove to a pay phone on Mercer University Drive to call the sheriff’s office. Deputies later called Holmes, informing him that his wife made assault allegations against him. Holmes told the deputy the woman had done that before and that the department’s internal affairs division never brought any charges against him. Deputies met with Macon police officials at the gas station later that evening, and the victim packed a bag and went to a relative’s residence, the report said. Inside the apartment, the deputy saw a damaged lamp on the floor and some of the victim’s clothes on the floor, the report stated.
In a separate, unrelated incident, officer Antonio Cliett was fired Tuesday after allegedly giving another law enforcement officer false information relating to a vehicle accident in Warner Robins. Cliett, a probationary employee of the Macon Police Department, told a Warner Robins officer he was driving a gray Dodge Durango and unwittingly struck a red Chevy Blazer in a parking lot on Russell Parkway on Friday evening, according to a Macon police news release. However, once the Warner Robins officer questioned Cliett’s daughter, she admitted she was the driver of the Durango and struck the Blazer, the release said. The teenage girl didn’t have a driver’s license, according to the release. No one was injured in the accident.
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