Media release: On Jan. 8, at about 9:15 p.m. at 910 N. Broad St. at the Circle K convenience store, an unprovoked attack occurred against the clerk, Kemithe Mayes, 20. Mayes was behind the cash register counting money when he observed a woman exit the restroom and leave the store. Mayes watched her exit the store when a man exited the restroom and accused Mayes of watching the female in an inappropriate manner. The couple then attacked Mayes and destroyed property inside the store. During the attack the two suspects used antagonizing and racially-based language directed at Mayes.
Police Investigator Corey Bowers secured the video surveillance from the store and was able to identify the two suspects within about 10 minutes after posting still shots of the two on the Rome Police Department Facebook page. They were identified as Michael Tippins of Calhoun and Lexie Muffitt from Union City, Ind.
The suspects, both 19, were charged with battery, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Both have posted bond and have been released from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.
The Rome Police Department would like to thank members of the public who quickly assisted in identifying the two suspects.