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Shelbyville PD seeks man for robbery, assault of woman

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Two others arrested in connection with beating on Berea Street

By Lisa King

Shelbyville Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery March 12 of a woman in the parking lot of Berea Summit apartments.

Geremiah Woods, 21, is wanted for first-degree robbery and first-degree assault of Amy E. Douglas of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Police said that Woods, Lamont S. Washington, 27, and Ciereron J. Thompson, 18, 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 slightly 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 for lacerations to the face, the police report said. The other woman was not injured. She has been released from the hospital and is recuperating.

Washington and Thompson were arrested Wednesday on Berea Street and Lee Nor Mack Street, respectively, and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

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

Woods, who is originally from Lexington but has been staying in Shelbyville, is still at large.

He is described as a black male with a medium build, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds.

Police warn that he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any knowledge of his whereabouts should not approach him but should contact Shelbyville Police at 633-2326, Shelby County Dispatch at 633-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 633-4500 or at www.shelbyclue.com. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.