Howard, Demetrius M
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
Theft by Taking (F)
CRIMINAL TRESPASS – FAMILY VIOLENCE (M)
Battery- Family Violence
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[NARRATIVE #1 on August 26, 2023]
Deputy Lewis responded to the listed address in response to a domestic dispute where the offender had already left. Upon arrival Deputy Lewis met with the victim in the garage. The victim stated she was at the listed residence temporarily staying with the witness when the offender showed up unannounced.
The victim stated she was in the garage sitting at the table about to eat her dinner and smoke a cigarette when the offender walked into the garage through the open bay door and confronted her. The victim stated she was cordial with the offender at first and they talked. The victim stated she and the offender stepped inside the house and an argument ensued that led back into the garage where it became physical.
The victim stated she said something “slick” to the offender which set him off. The offender then grabbed the victim from behind and wrapped his arm around her throat (choke-hold) in an attempt to strangle her. The victim stated “he got me pretty good,” in reference to the offender choking her. The witness exited the house into the garage and saw the offender choking the victim and tried to stop him. The victim stated she fought back which lead to the scratches/bruises on the side of her neck as she freed herself temporarily.
The offender continued to assault the victim when he punched the victim in the face several times causes injuries to her left eye and face. The victim stated “he got me and swung at me, hitting me in the back of the head a couple of times. That is when I went down and hit my head and my arm.” The offender then chased the victim out of the garage into the front yard where the victim fell to the ground and the offender continued to punch her in the back leaving marks on the right side.
The witness was able to distract the offender from the victim long enough for the victim to run inside and seek help. The offender returned to the garage where he began to steal all of the victim’s property. The theft included the following items: 55″ TV, Motorola phone, Amazon smart watch, two backpacks, purse with Arabic money/documents, and clothes. During the argument the offender grabbed the victims phone and smashed it, rendering it useless, so the victim could not call anyone. The phone was worth $250.
The victim stated she did previously live with the offender in Tennessee while they were dating and has filed at least one other report with East Ridge PD. Deputy Lewis advised the victim of services, rights and the TPO process.
The victim was transported to CHI Memorial by Puckett and was undergoing x-rays and test to determine the extent of her injuries at the time of this report.
Incident recorded on BWC.
Deputy Lewis followed up with the victim later this date to determine her diagnosis from the hospital. The victim stated she had two fractures; eye/cheek and her elbow which resulted in her being in an arm sling. Deputy Lewis was notified by Officer Davis with East Ridge Police Department that he took the offender into custody this date for previous warrants obtained by the victim in Tennessee.
Officer Davis stated the offender would have a preset bond and would be able to bond out shortly after booking. Deputy Lewis contacted Lt. Cantrell who advised to contact the on call Magistrate Judge in reference to issuing a warrant to place a hold on the offender. Deputy Lewis contacted Judge Gass who met with Deputy Lewis at the courthouse and issued warrant #W23-1824 for Aggravated Assault FVA. This was faxed to Hamilton County and a hold was placed on the offender.
Judge Gass issued warrants for all charges so no application is necessary.
[End of Narrative]
[NARRATIVE #2 on September 02, 2023]
On 9/2/2023 Deputy Beasley took custody of the offender at Silverdale. Deputy Beasley patted the offender down and placed him in hand cuffs and checked them for proper fitment and double locked them.
The offender was transported to Catoosa County Sheriffs Office with no issues and turned over to jail staff. The offender was served on his warrants in the jail and the clears will be faxed to dispatch and attached to this report.
The rear compartment of Deputy Beasley’s patrol vehicle was searched before and after the incident.
[End of Narrative]