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PTC Police rescue pine straw salesman, arrest resident for aggravated assault

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A pine straw salesman was rescued by Peachtree City Police officers Wednesday afternoon not long after the man was attacked inside a Sturdivant Court home, according to police reports.

Public Information Officer Lt. Mark Brown said a concerned resident in that southeastern Peachtree City neighborhood alerted them that an unknown man was walking with a rifle down Woodruff Way, which runs off Robinson Road.

“The officers made contact with the subject to check on his welfare,” Brown said. “After a brief inquiry, the officers had no further reason to detain the subject and released him.”

Brown said the man, 33-year-old John Ross, was found to be legal in carrying the weapon, and they determined that he lived in the neighborhood. However, just to be on the safe side, officers decided to roll toward Ross’ home a little later.

“Upon their arrival, they discovered the subject in a violent confrontation with another subject in the residence,” Brown said, noting that officers forced entry into the home after seeing and hearing the commotion.

Brown said the men were involved in an all-out fist fight when officers made entry into the home, and he said Ross had invited the victim, a pine straw salesman, into his home before assaulting him.

“It was determined that [Ross] attacked the pine straw salesman without provocation,” he said.

Brown said Ross was arrested, charged with Aggravated Assault, and taken to Fayette County Jail. He said officers are investigating the incident to make sense of what happened.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.