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Indictment alleges woman tried to run down man, burn his house
Susan Elaine Stokes

A Gainesville woman is accused of forcing herself into a Gainesville man’s home, destroying some of his property, attempting to set the house on fire and trying to run him over with her 1991 Honda Accord.

Susan Elaine Stokes, 47, of Gainesville, was indicted Thursday. She faces charges of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal damage to property, criminal attempt to commit first-degree arson and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

Authorities said Stokes traveled to 64-year-old Donnie Fox’s Gainesville residence and forced herself inside on May 31. Stokes allegedly kicked in the screened door and was “throwing items and destroying them and ransacking the home,” according to the indictment.

Stokes and Fox argued before she allegedly damaged Fox’s property, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Nicole Bailes wrote in an email.

The two knew each other, and no motive was determined, Bailes wrote.

The damage to property exceeded $500, according to the indictment, including a 51-inch flatscreen television, computer monitor, television cabinet and a computer mouse.

Fox then allegedly attempted to leave the home in his Ford Ranger pickup, Bailes wrote, when Stokes is accused of throwing a large brown candle inside of a glass container at the truck’s windshield.

“As Fox exited the vehicle, Stokes then began to chase Fox with her vehicle, placing him in fear of receiving bodily injury from the vehicle,” Bailes wrote.

Stokes also allegedly turned on all four of the stove’s burners and the oven on high heat before opening the oven door in at attempt to burn his house, according to the indictment.

Fox was not injured, according to the police report.

Stokes allegedly briefly resisted arrest before being detained by law enforcement, Bailes wrote.