Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Charge for Rape Suspect Cercy Accused of Shooting at Orange Park Woman's Car

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Charge for Rape Suspect Cercy Accused of Shooting at Orange Park Woman's Car

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********** CORRECTION (10/2/97)

Because of a reporting error, the Brantley County

(Ga.) Sheriff's Department was misidentified in a story

on Page B-1 yesterday.

Because of an editing error, the model of a 1997 Pontiac

Sunbird was misidentified in a photo caption on Page B-1

yesterday.

**********

NAHUNTA, Ga. -- A Brunswick, Ga., man facing two rape

charges in attacks on Interstate 95 was accused yesterday of

shooting at a Florida motorist who had a baby in the backseat.

The Brantley County (Ga.) Police Department charged Matthew

Loran Cercy, 23, with eight counts relating to an attack on a

car driven by Tonya Markham of Orange Park.

According to police records, Markham was returning home

Sept. 22 after visiting friends in Screven, Ga. While driving

through Brantley County on Georgia 32, she heard two loud bangs,

records show. When she got home, her boyfriend discovered two

bullet holes in her 1997 Pontiac Sunbird.

The next day, Markham reported the bullet holes to Brantley

police.

Cercy was charged yesterday with two counts of criminal

attempt to commit murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one

count of felony possession of a firearm, two counts of

discharging a firearm near a public highway or street and one

count of cruelty to children.

The Brantley charges come after Glynn County, Ga., police

arrested Cercy Friday fol lowing a seven-month investigation

into a series of attacks on motorists in Southeast Georgia.

Brantley police investigator Lamar DePratter said a statement

Cercy made to Camden County, Ga. sheriff's investigators after

his arrest led to yesterday's charges.

DePratter said the shooting was meant to disable the car in

order to rape the driver.

Last week, the Camden County Sheriff's Office charged Cercy

with 17 counts relating to three other attacks since March. …

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