ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police are asking for the public's help after upgrading charges against a former APD officer to aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
According to the APD, 39-year-old Jason Eric Yarn is wanted in connection to a case from March 15th.
The incident happened in the parking lot of O'Reilly's Auto Store on North Slappey Boulevard.
Reports show that Landon Stafford claimed that a black male punched him in the nose on March 14th. Then told Yarn about what happened.
Later, Yarn went looking for the person Stafford described from the altercation and claimed he found De'Wayne Threadcraft at O'Reilly's and followed his car.
Then Yarn asked Threadcraft to go back to O'Reilley's so that Stafford could identify him as the person who punched him.
Threadcraft went back to the parking lot and Stafford claimed that Threadcraft was the man who punched him.
Then Yarn confronted Threadcraft while holding a gun.
Threadcraft, Yarn and witnesses all stated that Yarn did not point the gun at Threadcraft, but he did grab him by the neck and head-butted him.
Yarn claims that he placed Threadcraft under citizen's arrest and only grabbed his neck so he couldn't get away.
Threadcraft reported that Yarn did not strangle him and that he do not have trouble breathing while Yarn was holding his neck.
Threadcraft told police that he did not punch Landon and that he had video proof of him being at home at the time Landon claimed the altercation happened.
After reviewing the video, authorities determined that Threadcraft could not have been the man who punched Landon.
Yarn was initially charged with disorderly conduct and released on the citation.
Anyone who has information on Yarn is asked to contact Detective Charlie Roberts at (229) 431-3288 or (229) 483-7642. Or call CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS.