James, Demarcus Bernard
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On 03/20/2023 at approximately 1057 hours, I responded to the area of [100 BLOCK] Moore Street in reference to a black male subject, later identified as Demarcus James, throwing a brick at the complainant/victim’s, [VICTIM #1], gray in color Jeep Patriot (Georgia Registration: [REDACTED], VIN: [REDACTED]), causing damage to the front bumper.
Prior to speaking with [VICTIM #1], Sergeant William Brooks and I patrolled the immediate area around the residence on foot in an attempt to locate James due to being told he fled the location on foot. After approximately five minutes of searching, James was located approximately 50 yards from the above address where he was detained in double locked handcuffs per department policy and placed into the back of my patrol vehicle. After James was place in my car, he was read his Miranda Rights to which he verbally agreed to and advised he would speak without a lawyer present.
James advised [VICTIM #1] came to his residence in order to pick up his girlfriend, later identified as [WITNESS #1], so she could be taken to her step-father’s house due to both parties having relationship issues and [WITNESS #1] needing to leave. James stated once [WITNESS #1] was in [VICTIM #1]’ vehicle, [VICTIM #1] sat in his driveway for a longer than necessary amount of time to which he repeatedly asked her to leave. James said after repeatedly asking her to leave, [VICTIM #1] began arguing with him, which led him to pick up a brick by the front porch of his residence and throw it at her vehicle. James then stated after he threw the brick, it hit the ground a few feet in front of the vehicle where it bounced off the ground and struck the left side of the front bumper. James also advised he had no intention of hitting [VICTIM #1]’ vehicle; he just wanted her to leave.
I later spoke with [VICTIM #1] who advised she was contacted by [WITNESS #1] to come to the location and give her a ride, corroborating James’ statements. [VICTIM #1] stated once [WITNESS #1] had collected her things and placed them in the vehicle, James became agitated which is when he threw the brick at her vehicle; however, she stated he was close enough to the vehicle for the brick to hit it without bouncing off the ground, causing minor, visible damage to the front bumper. [VICTIM #1] further stated after the brick hit her vehicle, James opened her driver’s side door and attempted to pull her out of it by grabbing ahold of her left wrist which is currently healing from a surgical procedure performed back in February of this year. I looked over [VICTIM #1]’ arm and wrist however, due to her darker complexion and the discoloration of the scar tissue, I was unable to observe any signs of injury indicating James made physical contact with her.
Afterwards, I spoke with [WITNESS #1] away from [VICTIM #1], who corroborated [VICTIM #1]’ testimony regarding the incident. [WITNESS #1] did however advise prior to [VICTIM #1]’ arrival to the location, she and James were involved in a physical altercation inside the residence. [WITNESS #1] stated James grabbed her by her hair to remove her from their bedroom and struck her on the back of the head with closed fist while also striking her in multiple other places across her body. With [WITNESS #1] being a white female and standing in direct sunlight at the time of the investigation, I was unable to observe any markings, swelling, etc. to indicate James made physical contact with her. However, I did observe a small scratch mark approximately two inches in length on [WITNESS #1]’ upper right bicep area which she stated was a result of her attempting to hold her bathroom door shut to prevent James from making entry into the room.
After speaking with all parties involved, James was advised he was under arrest and was then transported to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center without incident. A warrant for criminal trespass was sworn against James. Due to the lack of physical evidence and a third-party witness to the alleged physical altercation between [WITNESS #1] and James, no charges for simple battery were taken.
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