Clifford Fredrick Whatley
Photo: Rome Police Department
Photo: Rome Police Department

Cops: Georgia man who attacked ex-girlfriend with machete captured in Texas 

A North Georgia man who allegedly attacked his girlfriend with a machete because she wouldn’t get back together with him has been captured in Texas, police said.

Clifford Fredrick Whatley, 30, was captured in Houston by U.S. Marshals, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

Whatley is wanted on a charge of aggravated battery in connection with the Aug. 22 alleged attack at the Riverwood Park apartment in Rome, according to Rome police.

The victim, Syveta Sewell, said she is recovering from slashes and fractures to her head and arm, according to the newspaper.

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Responding officers found a trail of blood leading to Sewell, according to a police report obtained by She was found sitting on a chair in her bathroom, going in and out of consciousness.

Sewell had a four- to six-inch gash on her arm and her skull was visible through another wound on her head, according to the report.

She was taken to an area hospital.

Sewell later told police she and Whatley were discussing their relationship and he became upset.

When she told him she wouldn’t take him back, he reportedly said, “If (I) can't have (you), then nobody else will.” He also told her she would see her mother, who had died, before he pulled a machete from underneath his shirt, police said.

A neighbor heard Sewell’s screams and called 911.

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