Eric Anthony Temple.
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Man accused of pistol-whipping boy inside Cobb convenience store

A Marietta man is in the Cobb County Jail after police say he attacked a male juvenile with a firearm inside a convenience store on Sunday. 

Eric Anthony Temple, 50, is charged with aggravated assault, simple battery and discharge of a weapon near the street, Cobb jail records show.

According to the narrative written by police in an arrest warrant, Temple allegedly pulled a black Taurus Revolver Ultra-Lite Model 85 .38 Special from his pocket and shoved the juvenile inside the store at 1405 Cobb Parkway SE while the boy was trying to make a purchase. 

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Temple pointed the handgun at the boy and hit him with the gun across the left side of his face, the warrant alleges. Temple placed the gun back in his pocket and struck the teen twice in the face, the Marietta officer wrote in the warrant. The warrant indicates the alleged attack occurred around 5:40 p.m. Sept. 8. The victim’s age was not given other than to say he was under the age of 17. 

The boy fled the store and ran down the street and Temple chased him on foot. Police say Temple hopped into his 2019 gray Mazda 6 and continued to tail the teen. Temple yelled at the alleged victim from his car and fired a round into the air before the boy ran into a nearby apartment complex, according to the warrant.

Police say the juvenile suffered swelling to his left eye. No motive for the incident was provided by police in the warrant. Temple was booked into the Cobb jail around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He remains held without bond.

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