BCSO seeks car involved in robbery
by Jessica Loeding
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Bartow County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Jonathan Rogers listens to Pete Smith recall the robbery and beating he suffered near his home in Taylorsville.
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Bruised and battered, Arthur "Pete" Smith sits in the living room of his Taylorsville home talking quietly with Jonathan Rogers, an investigator with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.

Smith, 79, questions Rogers about leads in his case -- a strongarm robbery.

"I'm going to uncover all the dead ends that there are," Rogers reassures the man.

Smith was robbed just minutes before midnight June 4. The elderly man said a woman called him about 8 p.m. inquiring about a residence for rent. Smith said he told the woman to wait until Sunday morning, but she called two or three more times until he finally agreed to meet her.

When the woman arrived, along with another white female, she asked Smith to go eat in Rome. He agreed, but once they got to Alford Road, a black male appeared from behind the seat.

"All of a sudden that black man ... grabbed me by the throat and started choking me, like to have killed me," Smith said.

The suspect demanded Smith's wallet, before finally digging the item out of Smith's pocket.

"He choked me some more, bent me over and kicked me out of the car," Smith said, adding that he was "bleeding like a stuck hog" when he was ejected.

"I laid on the road a pretty good while before I was even able to walk," the victim said.

Charlotte Arnesen, Smith's neighbor, was traveling from Rome along Alford Road when she came upon Smith stumbling along the roadway. She picked up Smith and took him home, where authorities were called.

Arnesen said finding Smith was something of a shock. "I was just in disbelief that someone could do something like that."

Smith was taken to Cartersville Medical Center and treated for his wounds, including marks on his throat and cuts on both arms, according to the incident report. Smith said almost a week later swallowing was still painful.

Smith, who is hopeful the trio will be sent to prison, admits to being scared, but believes he would have "been able to protect myself some if he had come at me face to face."

The suspects took $3,400 in cash, which Smith was planning to use to purchase a tractor. Smith's wallet also contained pictures of sentimental value, a Medicare card, identification and his "pistol-toting license."

Authorities said the vehicle involved is a green Ford Escort station wagon with a lighter-colored front fender or quarter panel. The vehicle could be located in Bartow or Floyd County.

Rogers said the BCSO is working "some leads. The important thing to me is I want to find that car."

Anyone with information on the robbery, the suspects' vehicle or the location of Smith's missing items is asked to call Rogers at 770-382-5050 ext. 6032 or Cartersville-Bartow County Crime Stoppers' 24-hour tip line at 770-606-8477. All calls are anonymous, and if a tip leads to an arrest, a reward is possible.