Darrell Powell

Powell, Darrell

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
Obstructing or Hindering Persons making Emergency Phone Calls

Simple Battery-Family Violence

Officer’s Narrative:
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On 02/03/2023 Cpl. Hill A#165 and I, Ofc. Cureington H#155 were dispatched to a Domestic Dispute at [100 BLOCK] Bellview St. Winder, Ga 30680. Dispatch advised us they could hear arguing and yelling, and also stated they could hear what sounded like 2 males fighting on the open line. I drove my patrol vehicle # 405 code 3 (emergency lights and sirens activated) to the scene.

Upon arrival near the address I parked my patrol vehicle away from the residence. Cpl. Hill and I exited my patrol vehicle and walked towards the residence, where we met with Ofc. Bailey K#168. Due to the call being a rapid SOS location we did not have the exact address where the disturbance was occurring. Ofc. Bailey and I were listening and heard yelling coming form Apt [REDACTED].

I then walked towards the front door and heard screaming and yelling. At this time, I knocked on the door and announced Winder PD. A woman, later identified as [REDACTED BY AGENCY] answered the door. I asked her what was happening. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated her husband and her were having an argument. I then asked the husband, later identified as Mr. Darrell Powell, to step outside and talk to Cpl. Hill and me.

Cpl. Wolf K#112 and Ofc. Bailey went inside and spoke with [REDACTED BY AGENCY]. I then asked Darrell what happened. He stated that himself and [REDACTED BY AGENCY] were having an argument regarding some bank statements. I asked for Darrell’s ID, which confirmed he lived at the residence. Darrell stated the argument started about [REDACTED BY AGENCY] son not supposed to be at the residence. While Darrell was telling us this, [REDACTED BY AGENCY] then opened the door and yelled at Darrell that their argument did not have anything to do with her son.

Darrell then corrected himself and stated he went upstairs to ask [REDACTED BY AGENCY] for his bank information, and she did not want to give it to him. He said that he got mad and told her to give the statements to him right then. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] told him, “Not right now.” Darrell stated they then began to get in a loud argument where [REDACTED BY AGENCY] closed the door on Darrell and told him to leave her alone. Darrell stated at this time he opened the door swept some items off the dresser. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] then told Darrell that she was going to call 911 and Darrell then stated he grabbed her from behind the back (he demonstrated a holding motion) and pulled both her phones away from her to stop her from calling 911. Darrell stated he stopped her from calling so they could talk it out.

At this time Ofc. Bailey and Cpl. Wolf were done talking to [REDACTED BY AGENCY] and walked outside. I talked to Ofc. Bailey and he stated that what [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated and what Darrell stated were almost the same. Ofc. Bailey said [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated when she closed the door and locked it Darrell had kicked the door and state he would kick it down. Cpl. Hill and I walked inside at this point in time to speak with [REDACTED BY AGENCY].

I asked [REDACTED BY AGENCY] to state what happened, where she stated it started as a verbal argument while she was watching “Judge Judy”. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] state that Darrell knows not to mess with her while she’s watching her show, and that is her time to unwind. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated she had been working all morning and came home wanting to relax. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] said that she was watching her shows and Darrell came up stairs to her bedroom telling her to take him to the bank and to grab his bank documents. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated she told him no that she was watching her show and she would when she felt like it. She stated this was when the argument started and she had closed the door on Darrell to get him to leave her alone. She did state that he kicked the door but it did not cause any damage to the door. Cpl. Hill and I inspected the door and observed no damage.

[REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated she was tired of arguing with Darrell and told him she was going to call the police. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated this is when Darrell grabbed her from her backside wrapping his arms around her pulling her cellphones out of her hands.

This information confirmed both sides of the stories and at this time I found that Darrell as the predominate aggressor in the altercation. I then walked outside and pulled my patrol vehicle to the front of the residence. I then walked back to Darrell and asked him to stand up. At this time, I placed Darrell under arrest for Simple Battery (family violence) and for Obstructing/hindering a phone call to Emergency Services. I placed Darrell in handcuffs checking for proper fit and double locking the handcuffs to insure they did not tighten any further. I walked Darrell to the driver side back door of my vehicle, put on gloves and performed a search incident to arrest, checking for any weapons, illegal contraband, or means of escape. During the search nothing was found besides Darrell’s personal belongings, which were placed in a bag to be transported to Barrow County Detention Center.

While I was placing Darrell under arrest and performing my search, Ofc. Bailey had [REDACTED BY AGENCY] fill out a witness statement form stating what happened. At this time, I had all information I needed and stated to Darrell why he was under arrest and asked if he had any questions and he stated he did not. Darrell asked for his tennis shoes from inside the house. I retrieved them for him and placed them in my patrol vehicle to be taken to the jail with him.

Cpl. Hill and I then secured Darrell with the seat belt and I drove my patrol vehicle to Barrow County Detention Center where Darrell was turned over to BCSO Jailers.

Cpl. Hill and I went back in service at this time.

My patrol vehicle was searched before and after the transport of Darrell to BCDC for contraband with negative results.

Witness statement form attached to this report.

Warrants have been procured at the time of this report.

Warrant#:2023-0339MW O.C.G.A 16-5-23(f) Simple Battery (Family Violence)

Warrant#:2023-0340MW O.C.G.A 16-10-24.3 Obstructing/Hindering Emergency Call

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