Police need help finding suspect

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 22, 2004

LINDEN-A Uniontown man is wanted by the Linden Police Department for the assault of a co-worker while on the job at Linden Lumber. Willie James Taylor 31 is a black male born on April 10, 1973.

Sgt. Scott McClure of the LPD said Taylor is wanted by the LPD for his actions during an altercation while at work on April 14,2004 at Linden Lumber. He also said Taylor and the victim Phillip Rogers had some bad blood between them before the altercation happened.

He said Rogers was bent over trying to pull a board out of the machine that was stuck when he noticed Taylor was behind him. He also said Taylor then struck Rogers in the back with the bunt end of an axe.

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“Rogers rolled away after Taylor’s second swing missed him,” McClure said, ” Rogers then got to his feet and ran as far as he could before his back gave out.”

He said some of the guards saw Rogers and called an ambulance to come and take him to the hospital. He also said Rogers received only bruises and some swelling from the attack.

“The guards said Taylor walked off the job and got in his pickup truck and left the scene saying he quit,” McClure said.

He said there is currently a warrant for the arrest of Taylor for second degree Assault. He also said he currently lives in the Uniontown area, but he may have also run to Tuscaloosa.

“His hair is braided down now, but he still has all those piercings,” McClure said.

He said if anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Taylor please call the Linden Police Department at (334)-295-8697 and ask for Chief Laduron or Sgt. McClure.