Police chase leads to arrest in assault case
by Joshua Sharpe
jsharpe@cherokeetribune.com
March 31, 2013 12:00 AM | 2458 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Canton man was arrested after leading police on a chase Thursday and was charged with assaulting his girlfriend in front of several witnesses, including juveniles, garnering him a felony charge of cruelty to children along with several others, according to police reports.

Mason Lanard Thompson, 28, entered the home of a friend his 25-year-old girlfriend was visiting about 1:30 p.m. Thursday and began to strike his girlfriend in the face, neck and body with a cellphone and his fists, as six witnesses, including two juveniles, looked on, according to a report issued Friday by the Canton Police Department said.

Thompson gained entry by “smashing” his fists through the front door, the report said.

After striking the 25-year-old female, police said Thompson continued the assault, pushing her head into a counter and the floor and kicking her in the back.

When a Canton police officer arrived at the home on the 100 block of Broad Street, all seven people inside were ordered to exit and sit on the front porch, so identifications could be made, police said.

Canton police noted in the report clear damage to the victim’s appearance.

As a responding officer announced that he would be arrested, Thompson jumped up and fled as several officers followed on foot and by patrol car, the report states.

Thereafter, they caught the 28-year-old Canton resident and took him into custody.

Thompson is charged with battery, obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer, felony property damage and felony cruelty to children, according to police.

As of Friday, he was being held on $12,560 bond at Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in Canton.
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