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Monday, Apr 4, 2011County: Abbeville
Alleged: James Anderson Timmerman, III
A bank manager was arrested Monday morning after an altercation with a pedestrian and a miniature schnauzer named Max.
James Anderson Timmerman III, who manages the First Citizens Bank branch at 201 N. Main St. in Pendleton, is charged with assault and battery and animal cruelty, according to a police report.
Witnesses told police that they saw Timmerman, 46, choke the miniature schnauzer with its leash and also kick the dog's owner, Abbeville resident Anthony Farmer.
Farmer told Abbeville police that Timmerman punched him in the face after Max sniffed at and then urinated in the pine straw around bushes near the bank's front entrance, according to the report.
"He was yelling and cursing about the dog," Farmer said in an interview. "He was going on and on."
Farmer, 48, said the assault happened about 8 a.m. Monday while he was taking Max on his daily morning walk. Farmer, who is being treated for a brain tumor, said he and Max were both uninjured.
The police report noted that "it is known by officers and (the) majority of the citizens in Abbeville that the victim suffers from seizures."
Timmerman was placed on a leave of absence pending further investigation, said Angela English, a spokeswoman for First Citizens Bank, which is based in Columbia and operates 190 locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
"We are taking this matter very seriously," English said. "We deeply regret that the incident occurred."
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