A Perry motel manager’s instincts proved true when he confronted the driver of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot and was hit by the SUV.
At about 11 p.m. Wednesday at Great Inn at 1006 St. Patrick’s Drive, the manager noticed a red or burgundy SUV and went to investigate, Perry police Sgt. Jeff Keenon told The Telegraph.
The driver looked like he was going to leave, and the manager started to go back inside when he noticed the vehicle pull up next to a parked pickup.
“There’s no doubt this guy was kind of scouting things out to steal in the parking lot,” Keenon said.
As the manager headed back toward the truck, the driver accelerated and hit the manager, who went up on the hood and fell back.
The manager declined medical treatment but was likely sore the next day, Keenon said.
The driver is described as a white man with a low haircut and a neck tattoo. He was dressed in camouflage and was possibly driving a Tahoe.
The license plate on the vehicle was obscured, so no tag number was available, but a Perry police officer spotted a similar SUV pulling into the Passport Inn parking lot on Sam Nunn Boulevard at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Keenon said.
After questioning, police charged Steven Randel Scott, 32, of Atlanta with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon - a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to an arrest warrant.
“He’s been staying here at a hotel for about a month,” Keenon said.
Investigators secured a search warrant for Scott’s room and found methamphetamine, two digital scales, a glass smoking device and plastic bags used to store the drug, according to arrest warrants.
Scott subsequently was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related materials.
Earlier Friday, Keenon wanted as many eyes as possible to see the video of the incident, so he posted it on Facebook, hoping it would lead to an arrest.
In April, Perry police posted video of a man snatching a purse from a car at the Kroger gas pumps.
A police officer in Ohio called and identified the suspect, who was caught days later in a chase in Dooly County.
Staff writer Becky Purser contributed to this article.