Crime briefs: Anniston police investigate assault, shooting, two rapes
by Cameron Steele
Star Staff Writer
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Man assaulted with a metal rod

Anniston police Wednesday were investigating an early Monday morning feud between friends that resulted in gunfire and a man being struck in the head with a metal rod.

Officers were called to the scene of the fight at the victim’s home in the 2800 block of McKleroy Avenue around 1 a.m. Monday.

The 22-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his head, Sgt. Fred Forsythe said.

At first, the injured man told police he received the head wound from falling but later, during an interview Tuesday, admitted that two of his acquaintances struck him with a metal rod, police said.

Forsythe identified the suspects in the assault case as a 33-year-old Anniston man and a 26-year-old Anniston woman.

Police did not have information Wednesday about why the three acquaintances were fighting or who fired gunshots when the argument escalated.

Forsythe said police Wednesday were in the process of obtaining second-degree felony assault warrants against the suspects.

Man shot three times in the hand

Anniston police Wednesday were searching for suspects in a weekend shooting that left a 31-year-old man with three gunshot wounds in his left hand.

Police received a call around 2 a.m. Sunday from Regional Medical Center staff, who said a man had come in for treatment for gunshot wounds.

Officers interviewed the 31-year-old Anniston resident at the hospital, Sgt. Fred Forsythe said.

The man told police he was at an unknown location on Lenlock Lane with people he didn’t know very well when the shooting occurred, Forsythe said.

According to the victim, an unknown man came up to the residence with a gun and began firing it, police said. The victim said he tried to run away but was shot in the hand three times.

Forsythe said investigators had few suspects Wednesday and were continuing to check up on information the victim had given them about the incident.

Anniston police investigate rape case

Anniston police Wednesday were investigating a rape case after responding to a call on Simpson Street to find a woman who said an unknown man forced her to have sex with him.

Officers took the 23-year-old woman to Stringfellow Hospital Tuesday morning after they found her standing outside her front door “looking distraught,” Sgt. Fred Forsythe said.

The woman told police she’d been assaulted but declined to provide them with any more details about how she was assaulted, when the crime happened or whether she knew the identity of her assailant.

Once at the hospital, the woman admitted to healthcare professionals that she had been raped, Forsythe said.

Police had no suspects and little information about the case Wednesday.

Police investigate old rape case

Anniston investigators Wednesday were gathering information about a man whose 32-year-old daughter alleges he raped her for several years during her childhood.

The woman filed a report with Anniston police Monday, claiming that between 1991 and 1996 her father forced her to have sex with him on multiple occasions.

The woman said her father committed the sex crimes against her from the time when she was 6 years old until she turned 12.

Police Wednesday declined to release any identifying information about the father but said the alleged crimes occurred at the house where the woman grew up.

A police report listed that residence as an address in western Anniston.

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