EAST ELLIJAY, Ga. – East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callihan has confirmed an arrest during last night’s incident at the Food Lion in East Ellijay.
According to the police report, Officer Harold Crowder responded to a call at 7:21 p.m. on July 1 involving a female subject being attacked in the restroom.
Upon arriving on the scene, the officer was escorted into the building by the store’s manager who pointed out the suspect. The report identifies the suspect as David James Gravley. Crowder’s report states that when he put his cuffs on Gravley and asked him what happened, “he stated she mumbled something that pissed him off so he hit her.”
The report also reveals that the victim stated she was in the bathroom when “she heard someone else come in behind her and as she walked out of the stall, a man grabbed her from behind…”
The victim reported that the person attacking her forcefully held her, kept grabbing her, groped her, and punched her in the face. The report also notes several injuries including blood from her nose, swelling in her face, and several scratches on her neck, throat, arms, and back.
Later, at the Gilmer County Detention Center, Gravley stated that all he would say without his lawyer was, “All I have to say is all I wanted was her money.” The report goes on to say that he later said he was broke and needed the money to buy some Marijuana.
According to the Detention Center Booking Report, Gravley is facing charges of Robbery, Disorderly Conduct, Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment, and Simple Battery.
Sometime early on the morning of Sunday July 3rd, the Citgo (Previously the Fleet Station) in Ellijay was robbed.
Suspects entered through the back of the business and proceed to ransack the place, according to Captain G. R. Grace of the Ellijay Police Department. The thieves stole money out of the station’s game machines and cash registers, but no merchandise has been reported stolen.
The business was closed at the time so no one was injured. Captain Grace estimated over $10,000 was accrued in stolen money and damages to the building.
Currently, the investigation is ongoing with the Ellijay Police Department as lead, though the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department CID unit aided Ellijay Police at the scene.
Fetch Your News is continuing coverage of the incident as the investigation unfolds.
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