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Michael Riner

Riner, Michael A.

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Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the official initial incident report. The Georgia Gazette does not fix any spelling or grammatical errors that may exist. Any changes or redactions made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The topics discussed may be sensitive to some readers. Discretion is advised.]

On 10/11/2022, around 0501 hours, at 211 Gateway Center Blvd, a concerned citizen called in and said they heard banging from the room above them, which was room [REDACTED].

Myself and Officer Lane #155 arrived at the above address and went upstairs to room [REDACTED]. When we got close to the door, I heard a female saying she would have to call an ambulance. Officer Lane #155 then knocked on the door and a female, [VICTIM #1] (victim) opened the door. When I looked at [VICTIM #1], she was holding a towel to her left ear. I saw blood all over the towel and she was crying.

I had asked her what happened and she said her father’s child, Michael Riner, pushed her and she hit her head off of the stand. [VICTIM #1] said Michael left in a jacked up Chevrolet pick up, probably going to Brantley County. I also noticed two small kids in the room with her [REDACTED BY AGENCY] Officer Lane called for Emergency Medical Services while I spoke to [VICTIM #1] further.

[VICTIM #1] said she has been at the hotel since the 3rd of this month, trying to get away from Michael. She said Michael ended up finding her here either on the 7th or 8th of this month. She said tonight, her and her friend [WITNESS #1] were hanging out and [WITNESS #1] had planned to sleep over with all of them. [VICTIM #1] said [WITNESS #1] has some sort of relationship with a male named [WITNESS #2] who was coming over to the hotel to meet up with her. She said her and [WITNESS #1] left the room to go downstairs smoke and meet up with [WITNESS #2]. She said when [WITNESS #2] arrived at the hotel, it wasn’t just him, it was also Michael. [VICTIM #1] said Michael kept trying to talk to her but, she didn’t want to hear any of it.

[VICTIM #1] said Michael followed her upstairs, still trying to talk to her. She said she finally just let him talk to her so, they both went into the room, where the kids were sleeping. [VICTIM #1] said after some time of him talking, she was over the conversation and told Michael she didn’t want to talk anymore and to leave. She said he just kept on talking and wasn’t listening to her. She said she grabbed the hotel phone to try to call the front desk to tell them she has an unwanted guest but, Michael took the phone from her. She said this made him “freak out”.

[VICTIM #1] said Michael picked her up with both of his arms wrapped around her body, fell onto the bed with her and held her down with his body weight. She said she was on the bed that is closer to the door. She said as her was holding her down she was trying to wiggle her way out from under him. [VICTIM #1] said she got free and ran towards the door to leave but, Michael got in front of her. She said he put either his left or right hand around her neck and strangled her as he pushed her towards the T.V. stand, which caused her to fall backwards and hit her head on the corner of the stand. [VICTIM #1] said she got up, he saw her ear, screamed then left in a 2018 pearl white Chevrolet.

[VICTIM #1]’s left ear had a severe laceration that split the upper portion of skin. The portion behind her ear also has a severe laceration. Emergency Medical Services advised her that she can go to a clinic and get it superglued or get stitches. [VICTIM #1] said [WITNESS #1] and [WITNESS #2] were downstairs when the incident occurred. [VICTIM #1] said [REDACTED BY AGENCY] were asleep at first when they were just arguing but, woke up once it became physical. She said [REDACTED BY AGENCY] was screaming during the altercation. [WITNESS #3], grandmother to [REDACTED BY AGENCY] arrived and was checking on [VICTIM #1]. I then spoke to her briefly.

[WITNESS #3] said she was here for a short time when Michael and [WITNESS #2] arrived. She said she told Michael that he needed to go and leave [VICTIM #1] alone. [WITNESS #3] said Michael kept trying to talk to [VICTIM #1]. While we were talking, [WITNESS #1] and [WITNESS #2] arrived.

[WITNESS #1] said she was at the hotel with [VICTIM #1]. She said they went downstairs to smoke and see [WITNESS #2]. She said she had no idea what happened until [VICTIM #1] had called her crying and could barely speak. [WITNESS #1] said her and [WITNESS #2] came back from Brantley County to see what was going on.

[WITNESS #2] said he did come with Michael to the hotel. He said him and [WITNESS #1] left and then got a call from [VICTIM #1] crying.

I told [VICTIM #1] that warrants for Michael’s arrest will be issued and to call if he comes back. A BOLO was issued to Brantley County.

Body camera video was uploaded to

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