Rome Police Officers responded to a convenience store on Huffaker Road Saturday night after 9-1-1 received a call about a man with an eye patch threatening people. According to reports, a man who was getting gas at the Garden Lakes Food Mart told officers that the suspect had a stick with a knife attached at the end.
The victim said the man, later identified as 44-year old James Lamar Wright of Nicholson, Georgia, started thrusting the makeshift spear toward him. At that time, the victim told Wright he had a firearm and to leave him alone. Wright responded “shoot me,” then turned around and left the scene.
About an hour and a half later, dispatch reported that Floyd County Police were in a foot chase with a white male, wearing an eye patch. According to Floyd County Jail records, Wright had pointed the spear and a knife at police officers and at occupied vehicles on Garden Lakes Boulevard before fleeing.
He was caught and charged with four counts of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, theft by taking a motor vehicle, two counts of exploitation of the elderly or disabled, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, disorderly conduct, felony obstruction of an officer, misdemeanor theft by taking, and a parole violation.