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Text messages clear up CPD wild goose chase

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department spent more than eight hours Thursday searching the woods behind Wal-Mart for a woman who was reportedly stabbed, only to find out she was alive and well in Stone Mountain.

Police Chief David Cathcart said the police department received a call around 12:15 a.m. from a woman in Hall County who said her daughter had been stabbed and was in the woods behind Wal-Mart.

"We initiated the search, with the assistance of the fire department and (emergency medical services), trying to locate the female. We even requested a helicopter to help with the search," Cathcart said.

The woman's mother drove to Conyers from Hall County as the search continued, he said.

Through a series of text messages received during the eight-hour ordeal, police officers learned that the woman, who reportedly lives with her husband in a car behind a Wal-Mart in Gwinnett County, was in Stone Mountain and was unharmed.

"(The cell phone company) was able to confirm around 8:15 a.m. where the calls were coming from," Cathcart said. "Once we confirmed she was not stabbed, the case was turned over to Gwinnett County officials."

In other news, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Sunday for threatening a group of people with a knife and a baseball bat.

Cathcart said three people were in their apartment on Lakeview Drive when they heard a loud bang on the window. They saw four juveniles outside take off running, Cathcart said.

Sometime around 7:30 p.m., while the three people stood outside the apartment, the four young men returned.

"One of the suspects was on a cell phone talking in Spanish. The victim understood Spanish and understood what the boy was saying, so he made the comment that if the boy wanted to fight, he should do it himself without the help of his friends," Cathcart said.

One of the boys reportedly pulled out a knife and said he would handle it on his own and threatened to kill the victim, while the other teenager pulled a baseball bat from the back of his pants.

"Nobody was cut and nobody was hit, and the boys ran off," Cathcart said.

Police officers located the boys later that night at their apartment in Olde Town. They were both charged with juvenile complaints for aggravated assault.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.