Former Ga. State Rep. Winfred Dukes arrested

Dukes was the Georgia state representative for District 154.
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 1:54 PM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 5:44 PM CDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A former Georgia state representative was arrested in connection to a domestic incident turned assault, according to the Albany Police Department.

Winfred Dukes was arrested in connection to the incident that happened on Friday.

The incident happened between Dukes and a former wife at her business office on Mobile Avenue, according to an APD incident report.

Dukes was reportedly not given permission to be inside the business at the time of the incident.

The incident happened, the report states, when Dukes tried to block the door when his former wife tried to leave with their child because of a previously agreed upon parenting plan. The former wife told police that when she attempted to leave, she pulled back after he grabbed her arm and punched her in the forehead. The incident report states she was then kicked in the chest, knee and stomach.

An APD officer reported they saw a knot on Dukes’s former wife’s head after they arrived at the scene. Two witnesses told police they saw Dukes, his former wife and their child leaving the business around the same time, per the incident report.

The incident report states cruelty to children and battery warrants were issued for Dukes.

Dukes was the Georgia state representative for District 154. He ran for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture but lost the Democratic primary in May 2022. Dukes left office in January 2023.