Around the Region: Heart Attack Causes Crash, Victim Fights Bat-Wielding Attacker and Robber Bruises Pregnant Store Manager

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Marietta Patch

A Cartersville man died Tuesday night when his pickup truck crashed into a vacant building near a busy intersection in East Marietta. 

 identified the victim as James Franklin Griffin, 68.

Griffin is believed to have suffered a heart attack before crashing into the building. Police said the truck was completely inside the building when fire and rescue crews discovered the man in cardiac arrest, and that Griffin was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.


– Cartersville Patch

A 55-year-old man said he was attacked from behind and hit in the head with a bat during a violent May 29 holdup in Cartersville. The victim fought back, telling police he kicked his assailant “in the nether region.”

The suspect escaped, but with none of the victim's property. The victim sustained a large laceration to the back of his head and went to  for treatment.


– Alpharetta Patch

A woman who was seven months pregnant was bruised during an armed robbery on Tuesday morning of the  store where she is the manager.

The accused robber, Timothy D. Fitzpatrick, 24, of Roswell, has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm, obstruction of officers, use of a firearm by a convicted felon in the commission of a crime, battery and battery of a pregnant female.

He remains in custody in Fulton County Jail.


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