Man dressed as Santa charged with assaulting 74-year-old woman

Friday, December 10th 2004, 8:24 pm
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) _ A man dressed as Santa Claus was charged with assault Friday, accused of using a board to strike a 74-year-old woman in the face and head, police said.

Elkin Donnie Clarke, 49, also allegedly threatened to hit a second woman who stepped in to get him to stop hitting Annie Ruth Nelson, 74. The second woman was not injured, but Nelson was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital, police spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said.

Clarke told police that Nelson had taken 29 sealed boxes of Hershey's chocolates worth $145 from him, but witnesses did not confirm his story, Quigley said.