August 12, 2010

Two from Dalton charged with armed robbery in Murray

Mark Millican

— Two Dalton men have been arrested for assaulting and robbing a man in Murray County on Monday, authorities said.

Kenneth Lamar Quarles, 49, of 2050 Winnwood Road, was charged on Tuesday by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Timothy Wayne Tallent, 48, of 2736 Roberts Circle, was charged on Tuesday by the sheriff’s office with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

One of four witnesses told officers there were suddenly “several (men) in front of her residence fighting in the road,” according to an incident report.

“Deputy Tim Bell and I responded to the area and (Bell) located a male subject limping down the side of the road,” Deputy Andrew Dill said in the report. “The male told (Bell) several subjects in a blue van assaulted him. (Bell) also stated the (victim) may have a gunshot wound.”

Chief Deputy Ray Sitton said speculation about a shooting did not pan out.

“It first appeared to be, because some of (the witnesses) said they thought they heard shots,” he said. “But at the hospital they found he did not have a bullet wound, it was some other kind of puncture wound. (Quarles and Tallent) pulled him out of the car and threw him to the pavement, that’s where he got that (wound).”

Sitton said the altercation began when the occupants of two vehicles — Quarles and Tallent were in a 1994 Chevy Astro van — met and pulled over on Zeke Allen Road.

“Basically, they stopped and got into an argument about the money, right in the middle of the road,” he added.

Since 1996, Quarles has been arrested twice for failure to appear on sexual battery and enticement of a child for sexual purposes charges, three times for violation of child support orders, twice for simple assault, twice for criminal trespass, driving on a suspended license, obstruction of officers and criminal damage to property. He was housed at one time for the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office on an aggravated assault charge.

Since 1993, Tallent has been arrested for simple battery, DUI, driving with no proof of insurance, possession of marijuana, family violence battery and third degree cruelty to children. He was also held at one time for Bradley County, Tenn., authorities to face charges there.

Both were denied bond by Judge Bryant Cochran in Magistrate Court appearances at the Murray County jail on Wednesday. Bond appearances in Superior Court had not been set by late afternoon, a jail spokeswoman said.