Lexie Shi Muffett, 19 of Mills, Indiana, and Michael Carroll Tippins, 19 of Calhoun were booked into the Floyd County Jail after they allegedly caused bodily harm to a 20 year-old male.
Police said that the couple hit and kicked the victim, who was a gas station employee
Police said that the couplet caused less than $500 in damage to the Kangaroo gas station on North Broad Street.
Both are charged with battery, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
On January 8, 2018 at about 9:15PM at 910 North Broad Street, Circle K convenience store, an unprovoked attack occurred against the person of store clerk, Kemithe Mayes, a 20 year old African-American male. Mr. Mayes was behind the cash register counting money when he observed a white female exit the restroom and leave the store. Mr. Mayes watched her exit the store when a white male exited the restroom and accused Mr. Mayes of watching the female in an inappropriate manner. The white male and the white female then attacked Mr. Mayes and destroyed property inside the store. During the attack the two suspects used antagonizing and racially based language directed at Mr. Mayes.
Investigator Corey Bowers secured the video surveillance from the store and was able to identify the two suspects within about ten minutes after posting still shots of the two on the Rome Police Department Facebook page. The white male suspect was identified as Michael Tippins of Calhoun, GA and the white female suspect was identified as Lexie Muffitt from Union City, IN. Both 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. We would also like to ask that members of the public refrain from taunting, teasing, or otherwise harassing any of the parties involved. This is still an active investigation and must continue through the court system for adjudication.