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Police make arrest in assault

By Ed Brock

Clayton County police have arrested an Atlantic Southeast Airlines employee they say was stalking a female co-worker who was attacked in a company parking lot two weeks ago.

Peter L. Davis Jr., 19, of Peachtree City, has already been charged with stalking and is a suspect in the April 2 assault on Peyton Elizabeth Spence, 33, of Griffin, Clayton County police Capt. Tim Robinson said. Officers arrested Davis, a gate agent for ASA, at work around 11 a.m. Friday after finding evidence connecting him to Spence.

"A handwriting analysis revealed that he was the author of the letters that the young lady received (prior to the assault,)" Robinson said.

Spence said she was standing in the doorway of her car in the parking lot on New Trade Center Drive around 6:12 a.m. on the day of the assault when someone hit her on the back of the head with a heavy object. When she returned to consciousness she found that she had a half-inch deep cut across her lower neck and chest.

In the weeks before the assault Spence received four letters that began as expressions of desire and elevated to threats. She reported the letters to her supervisors and was going to meet with them on the day of the attack to discuss the situation.

Spence received the first letter while she was still in training. Robinson said Davis was in the same training class as Spence.

Davis is "suspended without pay pending further investigation into the issue," ASA spokesman Kent Landers said.

Security patrols have been increased in the employee parking lot since the attack, Landers said.