Colin Krieger/The Packet
One Memphistown man was injured and another is still on the run after a Friday morning disturbance ended in bloodshed. Calvin Bailey, 48, told Columbus Police that he was walking around the area of 23rd Street North around 11 a.m. Friday with some friends when a heated argument turned into a physical altercation. Bailey said he stepped in to break up a fight between 48-year-old Isiam “Gator” Perkins and another unidentified male. Bailey suffered a cut above his left eye during the scuffle, which police believed was caused by a knife or blade in the hands of Perkins.
According to witnesses, Perkins casually fled the scene, walking south towards 14th Avenue as police arrived in the area. Bailey, who had stumbled into a yard between 22nd and 23rd streets, was taken in by Memphistown legend Sammy “Snake” Weathersby, who gave him a towel to stop the bleeding and talked with him until emergency personnel arrived. Bailey was examined in front of a home at 1515 22nd St. N., escorted into a waiting ambulance and then transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle for the injury. He was released later that afternoon.
The always animated Snake Weathersby chatted with police for several minutes, and enthusiastically recalled how he had discovered Bailey in his backyard and about how crime had gotten out of control in the area.
“I just seen him bleedin- reaaaaal bad. That’s right,” Snake told police. “So, whatcha gonna do, I ran to help him. That’s right. It’s getting bad up here. I’ve gots to get myself a gun. Gots to. I don’t associate with trouble — I. Do. Not.”
“Didn’t I just see you partying with Gator last Thursday? Right across the street there?,” officer Stephen Kemp asked Snake.
“Oh, yeah. But that’s just our thing,” Snake said smiling, “That’s just how we do it up here. Nuttin’ bad going on at that.”
After speaking with Weathersby and several other witnesses, the CPD spent much of the afternoon trying to track down Isiam Gator Perkins. Early Tuesday, the department issued a press release announcing that formal charges of aggravated assault with a weapon had been filed. Pekins has a long criminal history in the Friendly City, with at least 16 arrests in recent years, including one charge of aggravated assault, five charges of simple assault, two counts of domestic violence and at least five counts of criminal trespassing.
After a three-day manhunt, Perkins was discovered hiding at a friend’s house on Highway 69 South Wednesday around 7 p.m. Police swarmed the home and apprehended the elusive Gator.
Perkins was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. He is currently being held at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.