A man was arrested Aug. 31 after he reportedly threw a woman to the ground and hit her multiple times in a grocery store parking lot.

Vonore Police Officer Aaron McMahan said it was just after midnight when he was told to go to the Food City on Highway 411 after an anonymous caller to 911 said they had witnessed the alleged attack. When he reached the store, McMahan said he found a couple matching the description given him, but the man kept reaching into his pockets and refused to put his hands behind his back for officer safety. McMahan said the man then turned and ran into the woods close to the store, but the Monroe County K-9 officer was called to the scene and the man, identified as Kevin Tyrone Parker, 33, was quickly found.

The woman told McMahan that she had been attacked by Parker, but said she did not need any medical treatment.

McMahan said a check showed Parker was wanted for failure to pay child support and a probation violation. When Parker was being placed under arrest, officers said he voluntarily handed over a glass pipe with residue in that could be used to smoke meth and a metal pipe that could be used to smoke marijuana.

After he was checked over by emergency medical technicians, Parker, listed as homeless, was charged with domestic assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an order to stop and the two outstanding warrants.


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