WANTED: Kevin Nicholas Barge, 44

Overview:

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-TIPS (you can remain anonymous) or you can call the Clayton County Police Department directly at (770) 477-3550.

UPDATE: CCPD has identified the suspect as Kevin Nicholas Barge, 44

Clayton County Police are asking for tips from the public as they look for a suspect who tied up a woman in College Park and shot her on July 5. The woman died on Sunday, July 17.

Kevin Nicholas Barge, 44, is wanted on nine charges, including aggravated assault with intent to murder/rape/rob, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, kidnapping, two counts of theft by taking, two counts of false imprisonment, possession fo a weapon during commission of a felony, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

CCPD says additional charges are pending the results of an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Image: Clayton County Police Department. It is the editorial policy of The Clayton Crescent not to publish mugshots of suspects, except in the case of an immediate public threat.

According to a press release from CCPD, officers responded to the 5500 block of Riverdale Road in College Park around 3:52 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

The incident location is in the general area of West Clayton Elementary, the Arbor Gardens Apartments, a Waffle House, the New Happy Food Market, and the Trairatanaram Temple.

One of two people who were being held at that location had managed to escape, run to a neighbor’s home, and call police.

Officers found the woman tied up in a bedroom, bound at hands and feet. She had been shot “multiple” times. Barge fled before police got there.

CCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating this case as a homicide. Police have not identified either victim as of press time.

Clayton County online court records show that, in October 2017, Barge appeared before State Court Judge Linda S. Cowan on six domestic violence-related charges. was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months with 30 days to serve, 40 hours community service, and a $300 fine on first degree battery-family violence, and was told not to contact the victim. Barge also was sentenced to 12 months, 30 days to serve, 11 months probation, and no victim contact for one count of simple battery-family violence in the same case. One count was merged and three others were nolle prossed, meaning they were essentially dropped. Barge was released on probation. He was arrested less than three weeks later and bonded out. In January and February, Barge was on the probation/walk-in calendar. On February 1, 2018, the court issued a warrant for his arrest. In July 2018, his probation was revoked.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-TIPS (you can remain anonymous) or you can call the Clayton County Police Department directly at (770) 477-3550.

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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