Woman accused of throwing 20-pound water main cover at man

Police: 'One inch farther and it probably would have killed him'

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 7, 2012 

A 28-year-old Columbus woman, accused of hurling a water main cover at a man Friday, pleaded not guilty to charges in Recorder's Court Saturday.

Rebecca Strickland pleaded innocent to one count each of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespassing in the 2:10 p.m. dispute at 4009 Sixth Ave. Bonds totaling $5,250 were set on the charges and both cases were bound over to Muscogee Superior Court.

Officer Richard DePietri testified that police were called to the home about a dispute after a 72-year-old male acquaintance brought the woman's clothes from his home on 30th Street.

The woman had spent time there but recently left to get away.

After the man threw clothes from his car, the woman told police she picked up a 20-pound water main cover and threw it at the man's 2003 Mercury Sable while he was seated behind the wheel.

The steel cover shattered the window, leaving shards of broken glass in the victim's hair and on his clothes. Damage was estimated at $200 to the vehicle.

"One inch farther and it probably would have killed him," DePietri said.

The cover was found between his left shoulder and the door post of the vehicle.

Under questions from public defender Charles Lykins, Strickland said she hadn't been able to take her medicine for treatment of schizophrenia.

"He was driving up and down the road throwing my clothes out," she said.

DePietri said police are still looking into other details of the case.

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