Employee of Alexandria Business Charged with Sexual Battery, Providing Alcohol to Minor

March 25, 2013
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Dwayne Page
Sobhy Eskandar
James Steven Leduc
James Garey Graham
Thomas Gregory Upchurch
Angela Quovodas Tubbs

An employee of the Discount Beer and Tobacco Store in Alexandria has been arrested after being accused of inappropriately touching female customers and giving beer to a minor.

54 year old Sobhy Eskandar of Antioch, Tennessee has been charged by the Alexandria Police Department with six counts of sexual battery, one count of sexual battery of a minor, and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Eskandar was arrested on Saturday, March 23.

Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins states that the Alexandria Police Department began investigating Eskandar ,who was an employee at the Alexandria Discount Beer and Tobacco Store on Nashville Highway, after receiving numerous complaints from female customers that Eskandar had touched them inappropriately while inside the store. Chief Collins states one of the complaints involved a minor, in which Eskandar also gave the minor a beer. Chief Collins stated that more charges are expected . Total Bond for Eskandar is $192,500

Meanwhile, Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that 37 year old James Steven Leduc of Church Street, Alexandria has been charged by the sheriff's department with possession of a schedule IV drug for resale. His bond is $50,000 and he will be in court on March 28. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, March 24, a deputy responded to a call of a man knocking on doors on High Street in Alexandria. Upon arrival, the officer spotted a man, Leduc walking through the yard of the complainant. As Leduc approached the patrol car, he tossed a pill bottle on the ground in the roadway. The name on the pill bottle was Vinnie Sue Duke and the medicine name on the bottle was clopidogrel. Inside the pill bottle were twenty six small blue pills believed to be alprazolam. Leduc did not have a prescription on his person. The officer also confiscated $64 from Leduc, believed to be proceeds from the illegal sale of this drug.

51 year old Gary Wayne Cantrell of Page Lane, Smithville is cited for simple possession of a schedule III drug (Loratab) and a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). He will be in court on March 28. Sheriff Ray said an officer pulled Cantrell over for swerving on Highway 56 north in the Silver Point area on Tuesday, March 19. Cantrell could not produce any proof of insurance. He also had a blue container with two pills in his pocket. Cantrell said he had a prescription at Rite Aid Pharmacy for the pills. The pharmacy was contacted and denied that Cantrell had a prescription for the two pills there. Cantrell later admitted to lying to the officer.

37 year old Caleb Andrew Lincoln of Lee Braswell Road, Smithville is cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia. He will be in court on April 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, March 20 a deputy performed a welfare check on a man who appeared to be intoxicated at the Mapco Express. The officer asked Lincoln for his drivers license but he could not produce a valid license, only an ID. Lincoln told the officer that he had needles and methamphetamine. Found were needles and two small plastic baggies that contained less than a gram of methamphetamine.

James Garey Graham of Allen's Ferry Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was also cited for violation of the open container law and failure to maintain his lane of travel. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court April 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, March 23, a deputy was on routine patrol on New Home Road when he got behind a vehicle that had left its lane of travel several times. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Graham who had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Graham was unsteady on his feet. He told the officer that he had been drinking and an open 16 ounce Bud Lite beer was found in the automobile along with two empty beer cans. Graham submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood alcohol test.

23 year old Thomas Gregory Upchurch of Adamson Branch Road, Liberty is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on March 28. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday March 22, Upchurch allegedly assaulted his brother by hitting him in the face and head several times. He also allegedly assaulted a roommate by hitting him in the head with a rock. Upchurch further allegedly knocked out windows of his step father's vehicle.

45 year old Angela Quovodas Tubbs of Allen's Chapel Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on April 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, March 24, Tubbs allegedly assaulted her husband by slapping him across the face, knocking his glasses off. She also allegedly threatened to come to his work place to kill him and his co-workers. She was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

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