Thomas, Brody Lee
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On June 4, 2022, at 2338 hours, I responded “code 3” to [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Court in reference to an assault.
[WITNESS #1] stated she looked out her front window and observed [VICTIM #1] and a male later identified as Brody Thomas in her front yard. She stated [VICTIM #1] was laying on the ground and Brody was standing over her. She walked outside and told them to get off her property. Brody then ran down the street toward the cul-de-sac and into the woods.
She went to check on [VICTIM #1] and realized that she was bleeding from the back of her head and had scratches on her knees. [WITNESS #1] then called 9-1-1. [WITNESS #1] stated her camera recorded part of the incident and allowed me to record her video footage. Upon reviewing the video footage, the only part of the incident that can be seen is what [WITNESS #1] described in her statement.
[VICTIM #1] stated she and her boyfriend, Brody Thomas, live together at [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Road and have been arguing throughout the day since around 1300 hours. She stated she wanted to leave the residence so that he could call her son and Brody would not allow her to leave.
Throughout the day, anytime Brody left the shed they stay in, he would screw the door shut to prevent her from leaving. Finally, she convinced Brody to go to the store so she could leave the shed.
She and Brody left the residence and walked to the Shell gas station at Atlanta Highway and Patrick Mill Road. They purchase food and drinks at the Shell and left. She stated she was going to try and call her son at the Shell but decided not to.
They began walking back toward their residence and she told Brody that she wanted to go to [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Court to call her son. She told him that they couldn’t go there and started pushing her toward their residence. She was able to get away for a minute and began walking down Creekwood Court.
He grabbed her and attempted to pull her back toward Creekwood Road and she told him that she was not going back with him. She got to the front yard of [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Court and Brody hit her in the back of her head with what she believes was a stick. She fell to her knees in the yard, he took his belt off, and looped it around her neck.
He began strangling her with the belt until she passed out. [VICTIM #1] woke up and she had urinated on herself. He then loosened the belt and told her that he would do it again unless she walked with him to their residence. She promised she would, and he let her stand up.
She then walked into the front yard of [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Court. She began yelling at him to get away from her, trying to get a neighbor’s attention. [WITNESS #1] walked out of the residence and yelled at him. He then ran through the woods toward his house.
[VICTIM #1] had a gash on the backside of her head that was significantly bleeding. She had a scrape on her right elbow, and redness around her neck that appeared to be the same width as the belt. [VICTIM #1] lying beside the belt upon my arrival. It was a brown leather belt with “Brody” engraved into it. Pictures of her injuries were taken.
EMS Med 1 responded and transported [VICTIM #1] to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment. [VICTIM #1] was provided a victim assistance pamphlet with the case number.
Brody Thomas was no longer on scene upon my arrival. Deputies responded to his residence and attempted to make contact with him. Responding deputies could hear someone running through the woods toward the West Winder Bypass behind the residence.
Deputies set up a perimeter and began canvassing the area. K91 responded and began a track to look for Brody. We were unable to locate Brody.
I walked over to [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Road and observed a few small pools of blood approximately six feet off the roadway. A smear of blood was also in the grass, indicating a struggle. I attempted to locate the item used to strike [VICTIM #1] in the back of her head but was unsuccessful. Pictures of the scene were taken.
I spoke with the homeowner of [100 BLOCK] Creekwood Court, [REDACTED], and he advised that he did not hear or see any altercation. I responded to Athens Regional Medical Center to interview [VICTIM #1] again while she was calm. I did not get any additional information from the interview at the hospital.
Pictures of the scene, [VICTIM #1]’s injuries, and video from [WITNESS #1] were uploaded to a CD and turned into evidence. The belt was also taken from the scene and turned into evidence.
I will be obtaining two warrants against Brody for Aggravated Assault (FV) and Aggravated Assault Strangulation (FV).
I was unable to develop probable cause for False Imprisonment due to a lack of a third party witness and a lack of physical evidence.