I cant stand when scum of the earth think they can simply do as they please. Somtimes you gotta do what ya gotta do…are they that ignorant to think there are people out there that wont crush them?


Fellow Marines identified the injured man as Cpl. Phillip Duggan, 24, who spent part of Black Friday recuperating at Eisenhower Army Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.


Tracey Attaway, 39, of Waynesboro, Ga., was jailed and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife in the commission of a crime.

Orvin Smith, a sales manager at Best Buy, said the incident occurred about 1:15 p.m. when a man was seen on surveillance videos placing a laptop under his jacket. Store staff asked Attaway to return the merchandise, and the situation began to escalate.

"He was really irate. A whole lot of energy. … he finally let go of the laptop, ran out the front door, knocked one of my employees down and pulled out a knife so he could make sure he could get out the front door," Smith said.

Outside the door were four Marines and seven volunteers collecting donations for Toys for Tots.

"(Duggan) clotheslined him, and after that he kind up got up and started swinging a knife around," Smith said.

Gunnery Sgt. Robert Richie said Attaway "came over the top and got (Duggan) in the back."

Attaway ran again but didn't get far before Richie, several other Marines and members of the store's loss-prevention team tackled him in the parking lot and held him until deputies arrived.

Gunnery Sgt. Sherry Barrera, who also serves as the Toys for Tots coordinator, opted to close operations for the day.

"When a Marine gets injured, we just shut it down, go to the hospital, make sure he's OK and make sure he gets proper treatment," she said.

Barrera said Duggan joined the unit about three months ago. Although she has had the opportunity to drill with Duggan only a few times, she said she had heard wonderful things about him.

"My boss, who has served with him before, did say he was an outstanding Marine," Barrera said.

According to Richmond County authorities, Attaway also tried to steal two digital cameras, an Xbox game, a PS3 game and a PS3 game controller with a combined value of $1,365.



  1. Marine Cpl. Phillip Duggan is out of the hospital and even made a toy donation today, 24 hours after he was attacked by a suspected shoplifter outside Augusta’s Best Buy, friends said…

  2. I’ve always supported the Marines Toys for Tots. My late husband was a WWII Third Marine Division Gysgt. This incident is horrific. These Marines volunteer for this; When good people doing good are attacked, this is outrageous. Don’t give the guy a soft spot in jail put him on him on a chain gang. Jail is too good for most of these criminals.

  3. Uraaaaaaaah! I know, the Marines involved would say they were “Just doing my job”, but honnestly, I think that the Best Buy should give each one of them a nice sized gift certificate. Oh, when that scumbucket gets out of jail?? He should be met by several Devil Dogs and shown why it is Never a good idea to square off on a US Marine! Just an idea….*Evil Grins*

  4. I was once stationed as the NCOIC of the Marine Administrative Detachment (’84 to ’88), located at Fort Gordon, Ga.
    At that time our Detachment helped the Reserve Unit located just off of Central Avenue, with the Toys for Tots program each year.
    I know the area well, and found that Augusta, GA., MOST times, is not all that friendly towards military personnel; regardless of branch of service, UNLESS they were in town just after payday.
    However, you all are correct – Marines WILL take care of their own – in answer to some of your other questions concerning the sentence of the robber, please read the following;
    “Criminals convicted of armed robbery in Georgia can expect a mandatory sentence of 10 years without the possibility of parole. If the crime involved taking a controlled substance from a pharmacy while inflicting bodily injury to another person, the sentence will be at least 15 years. If the victim was 65 years or older, a sentence of 20 years will be given. In some cases, the judge may impose a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty if the crime was extremely heinous or brutal in nature.”

  5. just received this version of an e-mail making the rounds..
    *Augusta, GA*
    *Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, Georgia, told police he observed a male customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveillance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket… When confronted the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door.*
    *Outside on the sidewalk were four Marines collecting toys for the “Toys for Tots” program. Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of the Marines, Cpl. Phillip Duggan, in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe.*
    *After Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene Cpl. Duggan was transported for treatment.
    The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw… Injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off of the curb after stabbing the Marine.*

  6. Regarding the E-mail posted by Jim “Assailant Suffers Injuries From a Fall”:
    that E-mail is now circulating as a mocked-up “newspaper clipping”.
    I’d post a copy here if I could…
    I think it’s OUTRAGEOUS that somebody has chosen to make fun of Cpl. Duggan in this way. If they wanted to make a “joke” out of this incident, why did they have to use his real name?
    If you google “assailant suffers” etc., you’ll get over 100,000 hits, most of them to websites where the fake has been posted.
    But among the first to come up are the fact-checking sites, where you’ll find the real story which verifies the Corporal’s name as part of what little truth is contained in the E-mail/”Newspaper article”.
    It breaks my heart to think that there are probably many people out there who, when confronted with the truth, are disappointed that Cpl. Duggan and his fellow Marines did NOT rough up the shoplifter. The sicko comedian that purposely named the Corporal is responsible for any flack the Marine might be taking for others’ perceptions that to have done otherwise was a failure of “Man/Marine Hood” or some such nonsense.
    My continuing sympathy goes out to the Corporal, his family, and the Marines who were with him that day.
    Francesca Keep Knowles

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