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Indianapolis Colts player attacked with knife, baseball bat in Hall County
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Forsyth County News

THE GRIND: Lambert's Justyn Jean-Felix

By: Joshua Sutton

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BRASELTON — An Indianapolis Colts linebacker was allegedly attacked by the mother of his children after returning to his home March 14, authorities said.

Erik Lashawn Walden and Gloria Smith picked up dinner before returning to his residence in the 2000 block of Yellowwood Court, according to a Braselton police report.

Erika Tonezze Palmer, 27, the mother of Walden’s children, has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and burglary.

When Walden and Smith entered the home, “[Palmer] was sitting on the couch in the living room holding a gun and a baseball bat,” according to the report.

Palmer then allegedly struck Smith and Walden with the baseball bat after waving the gun at the pair, according to the report.

Walden’s iPhone 5 was reportedly thrown in the street, and credit cards were taken.

Braselton police responded to the scene about 11:29 p.m. March 14 and processed the house for damage.

Walden then reportedly backed out of the garage about 12:50 a.m. to take Smith to Northeast Georgia Medical Center when Palmer allegedly appeared from the back of the residence.

“[Palmer] opened the passenger side door and began striking [Smith],” the report reads. “[Smith] had an abrasion on her [head] from the strike. [Walden] left the vehicle to assist [Smith] and in the process [Walden] was cut on the upper left arm.”

Walden suffered a 4- to 6-inch cut on his arm.

Authorities were able to truck Palmer’s cellphone to a hotel near the Mall of Georgia.

Palmer was booked Sunday into the Hall County Jail.