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Fayetteville man sought, accused of pushing girlfriend into fire

Posted August 22, 2011

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— Authorities are searching for a Fayetteville man accused of burning his girlfriend's clothing, punching her in the face and then pushing her into the fire, causing her to suffer second- and third-degree burns.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has issued arrest warrants for Larry Donnell Batie, 28, of 5648 Gulf Drive, on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Investigators say Batie set fire to Shatavia Edmonds' clothes on Sunday in the bedroom the couple shared.

Edmonds, 23, tried to get out of bed and grab her purse from the fire when Batie punched her in the face and knocked her to the ground, authorities said. He then tried to force her face into the fire, causing the burns, sheriff's officials said.

A medical helicopter took Edmonds to Chapel Hill’s Burn Center, where she was being treated for her injuries. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Batie is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. He has the initials “BB” tattooed on his neck and “THUGGED OUT” tattooed on his left forearm.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 910-323-1500 or contact the anonymous TIPSLINE at 910-484-TIPS (8477).

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  • wildcat Aug 26, 2011

    whoever is keeping this man in hiding and from the law should be charge also and sent to prison for 5 years when found.

  • wildcat Aug 26, 2011

    When the officials catch him, I pray the courts and jury send this man to prison for 70 years. Ladies be very careful what YOU bring into YOUR LIFE! The choice is yours. Its better to be alone than to be abuse.

  • AX MAN Aug 23, 2011

    People.....can't we all just get along.

  • loprestw Aug 23, 2011

    Anyone seen the movie; "Rise of the planet of the apes". Just saying.

  • vjayd Aug 22, 2011

    Ah, but Scaramouche you haven't read far enough, someone thinks prayer in school would have stopped this. carolinarox

    That was I. You guys missed the underlying concern in my post. Just saying something is crazy wrong in this world/state because almost weekly it seems like we are having these violent/abuse/ domestic injuries/murders. We REALLY have to find a way to figure out whats wrong and fix it. A crazed rage filled person isnt always easy to spot until the steam blows off the teapot. It could happen to your/my sister/friend etc. We've got to go back to teaching love and compassion because too many seem to be missing out on those lessons.

  • nonPC Aug 22, 2011

    "If I find him he will not be going to jail and the authorities will be called for a much different reason"

    Ahhhhhhh, yes. Lt us answer violence with violecne. I am sure that is what they had in mind when they talked about turning the other cheek.
    Scaramouche

    Turning your cheek to man like this does nothing more than giving him a fresh side to spite.

    Ah, but Scaramouche you haven't read far enough, someone thinks prayer in school would have stopped this.
    carolinarox

    yeah that was not me...will never be either

  • carolinarox Aug 22, 2011

    Ah, but Scaramouche you haven't read far enough, someone thinks prayer in school would have stopped this.

  • Scaramouche Aug 22, 2011

    "If I find him he will not be going to jail and the authorities will be called for a much different reason"

    Ahhhhhhh, yes. Lt us answer violence with violecne. I am sure that is what they had in mind when they talked about turning the other cheek.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 22, 2011

    Kermit - "How about he gets what he doled out... see how tough he is then."

    I tried saying that, but the moderators here wouldn't let my comment through. Odd!

  • KermitDFrog Aug 22, 2011

    Rot in jail?!?! How about he gets what he doled out... see how tough he is then.

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