Man arrested in beating of Shelby woman

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He had been sought since March 12 and is charged with robbery and assault

By Lisa King


Shelbyville Police have arrested Geremiah Woods, a suspect they had sought since March 12 in connection with the  severe beating and robbing of a woman in the parking lot of Berea Summit apartments.

Woods, 20, is charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault of Amy E. Douglas of Shelbyville.

Woods was arrested Sunday on Mack Walters Road without incident, Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

“We got some good information from the community, and that, along with good detective work, we put everything together,” he said.

A warrant was sworn out on Woods after the incident, in which two other men also were charged.

Police said Lamont S. Washington, 27, Ciereron J. Thompson, 18, and Woods are accused of robbing and assaulting Douglas with handguns as she sat in her vehicle in the parking lot of the complex at 116 Berea Street.

Detectives said that Douglas had given another woman a ride and, shortly before midnight, was letting her out when the three men forced their way into her minivan.

The name of the second woman was withheld by police because detectives said they did not want her to be endangered during their investigation.

“They beat her [Douglas] in the head with the gun,” Shelbyville Police Det. Jesse Paulley said. “She had black eyes, a swollen nose and stitches.”

Paulley said that Douglas was acquainted with one of the men, Washington.

“She had met him once or twice,” he said.

He said the one of them held a gun on the women while the others frisked them and took money.

Douglas was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where she was treated and released for lacerations to the face, and the other woman was not injured.

Washington and Thompson were arrested March 20 on Berea Street and Lee Nor Mack Street, respectively.

Washington also was charged with first-degree possession of a forged instrument for having six counterfeit $100 bills in his possession.