Cops: Gas station clerk beaten, called racial slur for ogling man’s girlfriend

Lexie Muffet (left), Michael Tippins Jr.
Lexie Muffet (left), Michael Tippins Jr.

A North Georgia couple were arrested Wednesday after police say they beat a gas station attendant and called him a racial slur.

Michael Tippins Jr. and Lexie Muffet, both 19, accused the attendant of ogling Muffet while they were checking out, Rome police Investigator Corey Bowers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The attack happened at 9 p.m. Tuesday at a Circle K on North Broad Street.

“It’s a completely ridiculous situation,” Bowers said.

Bowers said Tippins thought the employee, 20-year-old Kemithe Mayes, was looking at his girlfriend, so the couple went behind the counter to confront him.

Mayes tried to get them to leave, but Muffet threw front-counter items at the man, leading him to retaliate and throw items back, Bowers said.

“The clerk threw stuff at the couple and (Tippins) started fistfighting,” Bowers said.

Muffet broke up the fight, Bowers said, but started punching Mayes in the face. The couple also called him a racial slur during the beating, police said.

At one point, according to the police report, Tippins kneed Mayes several times while he was on the ground. Mayes was left bloodied and with a scratched left eye.

Police identified the couple within hours of posting about them on their Facebook page.

The couple turned themselves in just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. They face battery, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct charges.

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