David Lee Townsend II

A LaFayette man who authorities said was affiliated with a gang in Chattanooga has turned himself into the Walker County Sheriff’s Department.

David Lee Townsend II turned himself over to police Tuesday, May 17, and bonded out on Thursday, May 19.

Townsend faces charges that include burglary (by committing a felony inside a residence) and aggravated assault.

He also is facing warrants from the Chattanooga Police Department, which has been in contact with LaFayette police.

According to LaFayette police Capt. Stacey Meeks, when detectives were interviewing Townsend about his involvement with a Chattanooga gang called “Motown,” he denied being involved with the gang, despite having the name of the gang tattooed on his arm.

The stabbing

On Monday, May 9, police responded to a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of Daugherty Street.

Barry Alan Clayton told police he was asleep and heard someone knocking on his door. He opened his back door to Townsend standing at the door.

Clayton said the Townsend hit him in the left side, only to discover blood coming from a stab wound. Clayton said Townsend had some kind of cutting object in his hand when he was hit in the side.

Clayton said he and a woman were at a restaurant in Woodstation in Ringgold the night before where the suspect was present.

Clayton said Townsend was drinking heavily and began to strip off his clothes and tried to have sex with the woman. Clayton said he then drove home about 15 minutes later.

A neighbor went to Clayton’s residence and saw that he had been stabbed. The neighbor then said he received a phone call from Townsend saying, “If it weren’t for my wife, I would have killed Barry Clayton.”

Police received an anonymous call identifying the suspect as Townsend, 29, of 368 Ga. Highway 151 in LaFayette.

Clayton was transported to an area hospital and later released and is in stable condition.

Warrants were issued for Townsend’s arrest on Wednesday, May 11.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.

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