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PORTERDALE — A Shady Dale man wanted in connection with a 2018 assault on a Porterdale woman was captured without incident on May 22 by U.S. Marshals and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. Brandon Tony Casper, 27, was on the NCSO “10 Most Wanted” list.

According to reports from the Porterdale Police Department, a female victim who lived in Porterdale and had been in a former relationship with Casper, was allegedly assaulted by him while they were riding in a car on Nov. 20, 2018. She told police that while he was driving, he struck her with the rear view mirror from the vehicle, as well as a radio in the car. Her injuries included a broken nose, bruised ribs, a black eye and an injured finger.

On Nov. 21, a Porterdale officer responded to Hester’s Package Store on Washington Street in Covington in reference to the victim requesting an escort to her car for safety reasons. When the officer arrived, she said when she went to her car, she found a photo of her and her current boyfriend, the rear view mirror Casper had allegedly used to hit her the previous night, and black handcuffs in her car.

On Nov. 22, an officer on patrol on East Palmetto Street in Porterdale found the front left door of a house open. The female victim had been living in the home and was in the process of moving out. She was not home at the time and when contacted, she told officers when she left on Nov. 21 the front door had been locked and she had exited through the rear door.

On Nov. 24, the officer went to check the home again and found that the back door was open. He was unable to reach the victim by phone, and after two NCSO deputies arrived to assist, the house was searched and secured.

Warrants were taken out against Casper, but he wasn’t located until May 22. He has been charged with aggravated battery, kidnapping, first degree burglary, and felony theft by taking.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.