Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:
• Battery, false imprisonment — A woman came to HPD to report an incident that happened the previous day. She said she came home to her Thornwood Way residence to find her boyfriend in bed asleep. She said that when she laid down next to him to go to sleep, he woke up and began acting irrationally. An altercation ensued. After hours of arguing, she tried to leave to make contact with HPD, but he reportedly grabbed her and began slamming her head into the bedroom door. She said he hit her in the head in between slamming her head into the door. She said she was unable to call for help because her phone was dead. Her face was swollen, red and scratched, and she also had bruising on both arms.
• Armed robbery — A robbery was reported at the Flash Foods on Oglethorpe Highway. A store employee said she was sweeping inside when a man wearing all black with a white mask pulled out a gun. She said he told her to get all the money from the register, and then he walked behind the counter and grabbed multiple packs of cigarettes. She said she opened the register and he grabbed the money, then casually walked out of the store toward the KFC parking lot. He took about $137 in cash and an unknown amount of cigarettes.
• Speeding, open container violation — An officer patrolling on McDowell Road attempted to pull over a vehicle clocked at 40 mph in a 25-mph zone. Although the officer activated his blue lights and sirens, the driver did not pull over and continued to drive until Varnedoe Street. The driver then stopped, exited the vehicle and ran away. The officer gave chase until the suspect started jumping over fences. The officer found an open alcohol container in the car as well as several empty bags containing what appeared to be marijuana residue. The vehicle’s owner later was contacted, and he told officers that his vehicle had been stolen, but his story was incoherent and changed multiple times during the interview process. He was arrested for speeding, violation of open container and obstruction of an officer.
• Criminal trespass — A woman reported trespassing at her Meloney Drive residence. She said that her son heard a rustling noise coming from the far end of their neighbor’s yard. She said they then noticed their fence gate unlocked and slightly ajar. Two planks of wood had been broken and pushed out, as if someone was trying to get their hands in to unlock the gate. A crawlspace cover for the neighboring vacant residence also was open.
• Burglary/forced entry — An officer responded to a burglary on Tower Drive. The complainant said she left the residence for the weekend and, upon her return, found that someone had entered it through her bedroom window. Three TVs, two tablets, a laptop and a Playstation 3 all were missing.
• Domestic dispute — An officer responded to a residence on Ogeechee Road in reference to a dispute. A man said he and his wife had been having issues, and that he was helping her pack her things when she became angry and threw a cabinet at him. However, the woman said she did not throw anything at the man, but he was badgering her verbally and throwing her clothes around haphazardly. Police negotiated a truce between the couple and left the premises. However, the couple kept arguing and the dispute escalated several times, with officers being dispatched back to the same residence two more times. Finally, the woman’s family arrived to take her away from the residence.
• Shoplifting — Surveillance footage from the Clyde’s gas station on South Main Street showed a man taking two beer bottles from the cooler and hiding them in his jacket pockets. The man then bought cigarettes and left, driving away in a black Crown Victoria.