Emotional upset leads to two arrests

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 3:30pm
By: Ben Nelms

Tempers flared in two incidents over the weekend in Fayetteville. Both involved disputes over relationships and both ended in arrests, police said.

Officers on Saturday afternoon were called to the Goodyear store at Banks Crossing in response to a report that a man was driving through the parking lot with a woman on the hood of his vehicle. Officers arrived to find the woman still clinging to the hood, according to Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw.

When questioned by officers, both the driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Jonesboro resident Lance Smith, and the woman said they were coming to Goodyear to pick up her second vehicle and had been arguing about breaking up, Crawshaw said.
Once they arrived, the woman told Smith he could leave but could not drive her vehicle. Crawshaw said the woman got out of her car and jumped on the hood to keep Smith from driving away.

Witnesses said they saw an argument in the parking lot. They saw the two pushing and shoving each other, with Smith grabbing the keys and pushing the woman to the ground, Crawshaw said. It was at that point that Smith entered the vehicle, the woman jumped on the hood and the drive through the parking lot began, Crawshaw said.

Officers arriving at the scene checked the woman for injuries and found that medical treatment was not necessary, said Crawshaw.
Smith was charged with battery, reckless conduct endangering the bodily safety of another and driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to Crawshaw.

Another Sept. 12 incident occurred just a short distance away outside the Banks Station Food Depot. Crawshaw said two women had arrived and were walking through the parking lot on their way into the grocery store. Crawshaw said another vehicle with two women inside pulled into a handicapped parking space. One of the women exited the vehicle, walked over to the the other two women and punched one of them in the face.

The woman throwing the punch, 32-year-old Fayetteville resident Rita Robinson, is reported to be the ex-wife of the man the other woman is seeing, Crawshaw said. After the punch, the two women began pushing each other and pulling each other’s hair, police said.

Upon the officer’s arrival Robinson was charged with simple battery, disorderly conduct and a traffic offense for parking her vehicle in a handicapped parking space, Crawshaw said.

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Submitted by Get.The.Facts.s... on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 12:58am.

Since when is it OK to post a "news story" when you don't even know the facts? I am the women who was attacked at the Food Depot by "My husbands" ....Ex Girlfriend... She has been attempting to destroy my family for 3 years all I have done is love my husband and try to raise my children in a safe environment without this women interfering... She seen me driving down the road and turned to follow me at that point she called the police and was telling them that I was following her and trying to attack her when I haven't even seen her, I was on my way to the grocery store to pick up some food for my daughters B-day party... I did not even see her when I got out of my vehicle, she pulled into a handicapped parking got out of the car and left her daughter and son sitting in the car... She was trying to make the police believe that I was "Stalking" her when in actuality she was and has been stalking my family for 3 years now... She approached me and yes she did hit me in the face and at that time we began fighting... A few people came and broke us apart and when the police arrived they looked at her face and by the phone call believed that I was the attacker for I had only one scratch on my face and she had several... But after speaking with a few witnesses the wonderful Fayette county police realized what she was up to and arrested her on the spot... I am in the process of getting a restraining order against Mrs.Robinson and will be pressing full charges against her to protect my family...I have taken Mrs.Robinson to court prior to this for a similar incedent... I am a very well educated female and do not appreciate the comments or writer of this story if you are going to publish a story please "Get your facts straight first"... This women was never married to my husband and has no children with him she is simply an Ex Girlfriend that can not come to terms that my husband has moved on with his life with out her...

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:15am.

Same area in the last year or so had a Kroger employee attacked in the parking lot and hit with a rock in a foiled robbery attempt and a teen on his bike held up at gunpoint at the Bank of America ATM. The area is becoming Riverdale in a hurry. The creep from Riverdale is extending past the Pavillion now.

Continue driving away from Banks south on past the 54 intersection in downtown Fayetteville and you enter an entirely different area.....Nice, clean, new, people not getting jumped, mugged, etc.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:01am.

a bunch of barflys sayin, "you ain't woman enough to take my man!"

My duble-wide is more bigger then yers!

Submitted by Roadrunner on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 9:47pm.

Back in my early teenage years (read stupid) I jokingly jumped up on my neighbors SS Impala's trunk as he pulled out of his driveway. A quick 70+ MPH trip down the road with me clawing to stay on cured me of riding on the outside for ever more! Leave that kind of thing to T.J. Hooker....

Submitted by smile on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 8:21pm.

Don't shop at the Banks shopping centers...well I guess it will be okay as long as I don't date a man who has an ex-wife and don't break up with a man at the tire store.

Submitted by kerrimay on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 9:39pm.

But it's not like I need an excuse to stay away from the Banks area anymore.

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