An Atlanta man was jailed in Cherokee County on stalking and assault charges after he allegedly followed a mother and daughter around a grocery store in Hickory Flat, touching the girl on the arm, authorities said.
According to Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office:
Jamariel Wise, 29, of Atlanta was arrested by Woodstock police on Wednesday night on nearly a dozen traffic and other violations, including being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Law enforcement had become aware of Wise at about 7 p.m. Wednesday when Cherokee deputies were dispatched to the Publix in Hickory Flat in response to a report of a hit-and-run in the parking lot. Witnesses told a deputy a Chevrolet van, which the license plate indicated was registered to Wise, was reportedly backed into another vehicle and the operator of the van drove away.
While investigating that incident several witnesses told the deputy the driver of the van had been following a woman and her daughter around the grocery store.
“The deputy made contact with the mother and daughter and learned that the suspect had in fact been following them around the store talking to them and began to make them feel very uncomfortable,” Baker said. “The deputy reviewed security footage inside the store and confirmed the male had been following the mother and daughter through the store and had even touched the juvenile on her arm multiple times. They explained they eventually were able to distance themselves from the male, but he continued to follow them, which eventually led to the parking lot where the hit and run occurred.”
Woodstock police encountered Wise later on at around 11 p.m. and arrested him. He was charged with: hit and run, driving under the influence, felon in possession of a firearm, weaving over roadway, criminal trespass, loitering and prowling, reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane change, driving with an expired tag and an equipment violation. Investigators with the sheriff’s office took additional charges against Wise on Thursday afternoon for two counts of stalking and simple battery. He remained in the county jail without bond.