Knife-wielding man spooks Medlock Park residents

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 10, 2014
Photo of  slashed car seats provided by Medlock Park residents

Photo of slashed car seats provided by Medlock Park residents

A man wielding a knife slashed car seats and decapitated a child’s stuffed toy in Medlock Park this morning.

Loren Matthews walked outside of his home on Woodridge Drive around 5:30 am on Sept. 10 and saw a man with a knife cutting the American Flag hanging off his neighbor’s mailbox.

“And I just ran over there to stop him and see what the heck was going on and then he turned on me with the knife,” Matthew said. “It’s first thing in the morning. I didn’t even have shoes on.”

The man didn’t say much and “had that crazed drug look in his eye,” Matthews said.

According to a DeKalb County Police report, after the confrontation with Matthews, the man fled in a red vehicle, possibly an Acura, toward Lawrenceville Highway. He is described as a young, black man with a light complexion, about 5’11, 180 pounds, with a neat fade haircut.

It was only after the policeman left that neighbors discovered the full extent of what the man had been doing. Matthews said he used the knife, described as a switchblade, to cut the rope on a swing hanging from a tree. He also slashed the seats in his wife’s and his neighbor’s car. His neighbor also discovered that someone beheaded one of their child’s stuffed toys.

“I would say he was definitely crazy,” Matthews said. “It was so random, the stuff he was doing.”

A photo of a child's stuffed toy found in the car of a Medlock Park resident

A photo of a child’s stuffed toy found in the car of a Medlock Park resident

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A photo of a child’s stuffed toy found in the car of a Medlock Park resident

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  • wogzi

    “had that crazed drug look in his eye”

    Well of course. He probably chose to be crazy. Lock him up, throw away the key

    It’s probably not because the guy has an untreated mental illness or anything, that would be giving people who are not you too much credit

    • Mike

      Or he really could be stoned delirious. Either way it stinks for the guy who confronted him. I just hope they catch the guy and either treat or punish him.

      If the neighbor that had their monkey decapitated is reading this I would be happy to donate my kids’ sock monkey to them. Mine have both outgrown him and for some reason never played with him much.

  • Phil Evans

    Perhaps if the residents had guns, they might not be so spooked? If you have the foresight to equip yourself properly to defend your life, it takes the spook factor out of it.

    Otherwise, you can just talk about how “crazy” and “random” it was, and how you didn’t even have your shoes on.

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