Security guard struggles financially after shoplifter runs him down

by: Tony Thomas Updated:


ATLANTA - A metro Atlanta security guard said he's struggling to survive after being run over by a fleeing woman.

Now, months after the incident, police are still trying to find the suspect.

Police have decent video of the woman they believe ran over Earl Davis, but so far she remains unidentified.

Davis said he now lives in pain.

Nearly a year ago, he was working security at the CVS store on Highland Avenue near Atlanta Medical Center when, as surveillance video shows, Davis was trying to stop a shoplifter.

"As I was asking them to come back, she backed up, and as she backed up, she knocked me down, and as I fell she just put the car in drive and drove right over me," Davis said.

Davis now has a steel rod and seven screws in his right leg.

To make matters worse, the state Workers Compensation Board said the security firm Davis worked for, Strongtower Security, had no workers compensation coverage at the time.

Davis said he can't work and has no way to pay the bills.

"They repossessed my vehicle about two weeks ago so I can't get around now, and I'm up for eviction," Davis told Channel 2's Tony Thomas.

The state said Strongtower was fined and now has coverage. Strongtower owner Greg Wright would not comment on Davis' case, citing legal action.

Atlanta police released the surveillance video of the incident hoping someone will recognize the woman.

A Crime Stoppers reward is also being offered. If captured, police said the woman will likely be charged with aggravated assault.

As for Davis, he prays for help.

"Had I knew almost a year ago today that I was going to get up and be in this situation, I would have just let that little girl keep on going, " Davis said.

Davis may have some remedies through civil court, especially if police are able to find the woman on the video.

A CVS spokesperson told Thomas via email the company no longer does work with Strongtower Security.

Anyone who might recognize the woman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.