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Ariton man arrested on Class A felony charges

Troy police have arrested an Ariton man after he allegedly struck a man in the head with a wooden stick and the stole the victim’s car.

“Officers responded to the 600 block of Folmar Street around 10:45 a.m. on a report of two male subjects fighting,” Barr said. “When officers arrived, they found one of the male subjects with injuries to his head where he had been struck with a wooden stick.”

The victim advised police that he had been in an altercation with Hesaki Wayne Watson, 31, and that Watson had caused the injuries to his head and told police that Watson stole his vehicle.

“A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for the stolen car,” Barr said. “Watson and the car were located in Dale County by the Dale County Sheriff’s Office. Watson was taken into custody on two existing warrants for possession of a forged instrument and transported back to the Troy Police Department.”

Watson was charged with first-degree robbery based on his alleged use of the stick as a weapon during the incident.

Watson was processed through the Troy City Jail and incarcerated in the Pike County jail on charges of first-degree robbery and two charges of third-degree possession of a forged instrument.

The forged instrument charges are both Class D felonies while the robbery charge is a Class A Felony, which is punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

Watson remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.