Local authorities have arrested a man from Canton on battery charges after he allegedly attacked a woman and sent her to the hospital early Monday morning.
Justin Richard Staton, 42, of Canton was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. when 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, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The report stated that Staton and his victim had allegedly been drinking at Good Ol Days in Cumming, and left the bar in an Uber after “Justin 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.
Staton allegedly told the deputies 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 according to the report, after Staton was placed in custody, deputies were able to view security camera footage that allegedly showed the incident playing out as the victim reported to law enforcement.
“Justin was seen punching the victim in the face multiple times, causing her to fall to the ground,” Deputy B.L. McKinzie stated in the report. “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, deputies arrested Staton for aggravated battery and transported him to the Forsyth County Jail. The victim was taken to a local hospital for her non-life threatening injuries.
Staton is being held in custody under a $33,130 bond.