Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Man Blows Nose, Lands in Jail

An Atlanta man was arrested and charged with battery, obstruction and hindering of a law enforcement officer and criminal trespassing after he punched a train worker who told him he couldn't use the paper towel from the Ashby MARTA station to blow his nose.
Alfred Murphy and another man walked up to one of the maintenance carts at the MARTA station Monday afternoon, according to a police report. Murphy grabbed some paper towels from the cart and began blowing his nose. A MARTA police officer saw Murphy and told him he couldn’t take those paper towels – they didn’t belong to him, a police report said. Murphy kept on pulling the paper towels from the cart – and blowing his nose. The officer again told Murphy to stop. Murphy continued, saying because he paid his MARTA fare, he was entitled to the items on the cart, the police report said. The officer asked Murphy to leave. Murphy instead went to a MARTA police phone and “began to make incoherent statements about being assaulted and officers trying to kill him,” the police report said. The MARTA police officer called for assistance. Murphy “then became violent and began to struggle while holding on to the telephone receiver,” the police report said. He hit one officer in the face, cutting part of his forehead and area under his right eye, the report said. Murphy also punched the other officer in the nose, causing it to bleed, according to the report. Officers arrested Murphy and discovered he was on probation.
He's still jailed and bail was set at $17,000, so he'll be there a while.
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