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Shooting victim refuses to prosecute
Fights, thefts, gunshots at Platinum Lounge
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    A night of violence at a downtown nightspot ended with one man suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.
    Two other incidents sent a man to the hospital with injuries to his face after being struck with a beer bottle, and three were arrested in yet another affray, according to Statesboro Police reports.
    Det. Sgt. James Winskey said the gunshot wound victim refused to cooperate with police and signed a “release of prosecution.”
    Around 12:22 a.m. Sunday, Statesboro Police officers stopped a car near the club when suddenly a fight broke out and shots were fired, reports stated.
    Officers were unable to locate a gunshot victim or offenders, but were later called to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where Juwain Levenski Nelson, 23, Louisville, was being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, Winskey said.
    Nelson was “uncooperative” and refused to press charges or even identify an offender, he said.
    While the case was turned over to the criminal investigations division, detectives had no leads to follow.
    “You can’t (pursue a case) without a victim,” he said, explaining that if the victim refuses to cooperate there is not much to work with on the case.
    While the gunman was not found, officers did arrest a man at the scene who would not cooperate with the investigation. They charged Antonio Terrell Roberts, 25, Henry Street, with obstruction of law enforcement for “not following orders,” according to reports.
     At around the same time, a 19-year-old Twin City man was involved in a fight at the Platinum Lounge and suffered facial wounds when someone struck him in the face with a beer bottle, Winskey said.
    No offender was listed in reports and the incident remains under investigation, he said.
    Yet another fight around the same time at the Platinum Lounge resulted in three arrests, according to reports.
    Desiree Abrams, 27, South Valley Street, Wrightsville; Jonathan Rodriguiez Fields, 26, Baldwin Street, Statesboro; and Eldrick Graddy, 31, Buckey Road, Dublin were all charged with affray and taken to the Bulloch County Jail.
    Fields suffered visible injuries to the face and was treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians. Graddy also suffered minor visible wounds but refused treatment.
    Winskey said two cars also were stolen from locations near the club, where patrons parked on the same night. These thefts are also under investigation.
    “It was a busy night,” he said.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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