LOVEJOY — Police have identified and locked up a parolee wanted for allegedly beating a woman with an iron skillet last weekend.
Sgt. Michael Gaddis said authorities in Spalding County found the man driving the alleged victim’s car late Thursday night. Rakheem Jerome Byrd, 27, of Hampton is charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and motor vehicle theft, said Gaddis.
Byrd was taken to the Clayton County Jail early Friday morning where he is being held without bond pending his first appearance in Magistrate Court Saturday.
Byrd is no stranger to the criminal justice system, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. Byrd served two terms inside state prison, the first of which was from 2004 to 2007 for theft and burglary. Seven months after his release, Byrd was locked up for aggravated assault and burglary and served nearly four years.
Byrd was just released from state prison March 21, according to DOC records. He is serving the rest of his sentence on parole.
Gaddis said Byrd choked and beat a woman he’d known just a few days. The alleged victim told police the man came to her house Sunday and attacked her after showing up at her house about 11 p.m. and refusing to leave.
Gaddis said the woman went upstairs and the man followed her, grabbed her by the throat and began choking her until she passed out. When she woke up, the man began kicking her and hitting her with the leg from a table, he said.
The man dragged her downstairs and threw her on the floor several times, said Gaddis. He hit her several times in the head with an iron skillet and ransacked her house before fleeing in her blue 2005 Toyota Corolla, he said.
Gaddis said Friday he is relieved to make the arrest.
“I’m glad to get him off the streets,” he said.