Police have arrested Marietta attorney Angel Cordle on felony criminal damage charges. According to the arrest warrant, on Dec. 21 at about 8 p.m., Cordle drove to 367 Atlanta St. with David Eugene Haynes of Marietta riding in the passenger seat. Haynes, the warrant goes on to say, got out of the car and placed an explosive device in the mailbox and returned to the car. The device then exploded, destroying the mailbox, the warrant says.
“The victim (Fox) and her juvenile children were in close proximity to the mailbox and could have been struck by shrapnel from the destroyed mailbox,” the warrant reads.
Weeks was unavailable for comment.
Fox told the Journal she was driving her three children and their 14-year-old friend to see their 14-year-old friend to see the Lights of Life exhibit that evening at Life University. Fox said she passed the law office and noticed a yellow Hummer parked there.
“I recognized it as the yellow Hummer belonging to Angel Cordle,” Fox said. “She’s the only one who drives a yellow Hummer around here like that, and her office is located behind ours.”
Fox pulled over to see why Cordle was parked there when the mailbox exploded.
“We have a large mailbox,” Fox said. “It completely flattened the round part. … It’s of thick steel. The police said it was not a firecracker. They said it was not an M80. They don’t know what it is at this point.”
Fox said she began screaming, telling Cordle she was calling the police. Cordle and Haynes drove off, with Haynes laughing hysterically, Fox said.
“It landed within a foot of my son,” Fox said of a piece of shrapnel from the blast. “It blew up the mailbox and a part landed a foot away from my son, thank God who was still in the car. This would have killed somebody. Thank God it detonated when it did because if it had not detonated when it did, and I had not seen it, and they had just driven off, our mail carrier would have been dead the next day when he opened that mailbox.”
Cordle, who lives in Mableton, was arrested Friday. She was released on $5,000 bond.
Haynes was arrested on Dec. 21 on a charge of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and released on $1,000 bond.
Fox said she can’t understand why the two would do such a thing.
“There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for her to have done this,” Fox said. “Everybody is in a state of disbelief. We don’t understand why this happened.”