Aggravated battery charges have now been filed against a Canton man that allegedly attacked a Forsyth County woman in 2018, sending her to the hospital with serious injuries to the face and arm, according to court records.
Recently filed Forsyth County Superior court documents state that on Monday, Aug. 12, a local grand jury chose to indict 42-year-old Justin Richard Staton for one count of aggravated battery and two counts of battery for allegedly attacking a local woman outside a north Forsyth home on Aug. 13, 2018.
Staton was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, after deputies responded to a 911 call at a residence on Club Drive in north Forsyth and found a female victim with lacerations to her face and one immobile arm, sheriff’s office reports state.
Prior to the alleged assault, the report states that Staton and his alleged victim had been drinking at Good Ol' Days Bar and Grill in Cumming, and left the bar in an Uber after “[Staton] caused a scene at the restaurant.” On the way to the victim’s home, Staton allegedly took her phone and keys and threw them in a ditch before pushing her, punching her in the face and head “multiple times” and twisting her arm around, the report stated.
After deputies arrived on scene at Club Drive, Staton allegedly stated that, “For no reason what so ever [the victim] became violent towards him and ‘went crazy’ and started attacking him.” The report notes that Staton was bleeding from the facial area near his nose with injuries consistent with “getting punched in the face.”
But after Staton was placed in custody, deputies were able to view security camera footage that allegedly showed the incident playing out as the victim had reported to law enforcement.
“[Staton] was seen punching the victim in the face multiple times, causing her to fall to the ground,” the report stated. “After she fell, he was holding her down on the ground and continued to repeatedly punch her in the head with his closed fist.”
After viewing the video, Staton was placed under arrest and transported to the Forsyth County Jail. The victim was taken to a local hospital for her non-life threatening injuries.
Attempts to reach Staton’s legal representative for comment on the indictment were unsuccessful as of Monday night.This case will be presided over by Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley and will be prosecuted by assistant district attorney Courtney Moore.