Update: A couple has been arrested in connection with the beating of a gas station attendant at Circle K on North Broad Street, reports stated.
According to Floyd County Jail and Rome police reports:
Michael Carroll Tippins Jr., 19, of 3532 Redbud Road, Calhoun, and Lexie Muffett, 19, of Union Mills, Indiana, turned themselves in at the jail Wednesday. They both face misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass charges.
While in the store Monday around 9:15 p.m., the couple accused the attendant of "checking out" Muffett. This led to a fight that resulted in the clerk being punched in the face, causing his left eye to swell and bleed.
According to an Associated Press report:
"Authorities say the couple went behind the counter. (Rome police investigator Corey) Bowers says the clerk tried to get them to leave, but Muffet threw front-counter items at the man.
"Authorities say Muffett broke up the fight but started punching the attendant in the face. The pair also called the attendant a racial slur during the beating.
"News outlets did not report if they have lawyers."
Previously reported: A worker at the Circle K on North Broad Street was beaten by two customers, after the male accused him of “checking out” his girlfriend.
According to Rome police reports:
The worker said on Monday, around 9:15 p.m., the two customers were in the store, when the male accused the worker of eyeing his girlfriend. Then both the man and his girlfriend punched the worker in the face, causing his left eye to swell and bleed. Also, the man drove his knee into the worker while he was on the ground.
The couple left the store in a single cab, red Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck.