WOMER, CRAIG PORTER
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE
TERRORISTIC THREATS AND ACTS – FELONY
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[NARRATIVE #1 on November 03, 2022]
On 11/03/2022 I, Deputy Edwards was dispatched to 156 Victoria Way in reference to physical domestic involving a firearm. I responded code 3, emergency lights and sirens.
Upon arrival I knocked on the front door of the residence, but there was no answer. I requested dispatch to have the caller meet me at the front door. After a few moments, I could hear a male subject inside the residence advising to come in, I opened the door just enough to where I could see the male subject standing in the hall to the front door with his right hand in the air and his cellphone in his left hand against his left ear. I advised the male subject to stay where he was and I entered the residence.
After the subject hung up the cellphone, Deputy Ledford and I asked the male where the firearm was and he stated he had multiple guns, but they were put up now. At this time we requested the male to step outside away from where any of the firearms were located. The male subject began advising Deputy Ledford and I that he was going to kill her, repeating this serval times. I asked the male where the female was and what was her name and he stated [VICTIM #1]. He pointed to the first door on the left when you enter the front door and stated she should be in there. I advised Deputy Ledford to open the door, but [VICTIM #1] was no longer in the bedroom.
The male subject was identified as Craig Womer, and after asking Craig to step outside, I could smell a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Craig’s breath. At this time, Craig was on the porch holding onto a metal pole to hold himself up and he stated he was going to kill her, several times again.
Sergeant Camp asked Craig if he had been drinking tonight and he stated yes he had, but only drank 6 he thinks, but was unsure. Craig began to ramble on different topics of him and that [VICTIM #1] was crazy. I asked Craig what took place today for us to be there. Craig stated he and [VICTIM #1] had been arguing for most of the day about things around the residence because she had not paid any bills since being there, and he told her that she had untill Monday to move out.
Sergeant Camp asked Craig if [VICTIM #1] lived here and he stated no she doesn’t. Craig then stated she’s been staying there on and off, but had been back now staying there for two months. Craig stated once again he was going to kill her, and when he tried to shoot her in the head the gun misfired and she sprayed him in the face with paint and tried to lit him on fire with a lighter after he attempted to shoot her. I asked Craig what kind of firearm did he try to shoot her with and he stated it was a 30/30 rifle.
Sergeant Camp asked Craig where the firearm was and he stated in his bedroom and at this time Craig was placed under arrest. While CPL. Sawyer and Deputy Ledford patted Craig down and found two unspent rounds of 30/30 in Craig’s pocket. Sergeant Camp and I went to the bedroom door that was cut in half to keep dogs inside the room. Sergeant Camp located the firearm on the dresser next to the door. Sergeant Camp reached over the door and picked it up. While Sgt. Camp was clearing the rifle, I located two more unspent rounds lying next to the bedroom door. At this time, I took the 30/30 rifle and the 4 30/30 rounds and secured them in my patrol unit.
Deputy Ledford transported Craig to Gilmer County Detention Center and I followed. When we arrived at Gilmer County Detention Center, Craig was shouting, while in booking, that he was going to kill [VICTIM #1] as soon as he is released from jail and the next time I brought him in, it would for life. Deputy Ledford, Detention Officer T. Woody and Sgt. Miller was in booking at the time of these statements.
After turning over Craig to the detention staff, I advised dispatch I would be back enroute to 156 Victoria Way to attempt to locate the female again.
Upon my arrival, I knocked on the door, but there was no answer so I began to walk around the residence and found a female’s white tennis shoe. At that moment I decided to stand by until the other units got on scene. We began to search the area around the residences and speak with the neighbors.
I made contact with the residence at [100 BLOCK] Victoria Way and a male subject, [WITNESS #1] stated he heard yelling while he was cutting firewood and he stated he heard someone screaming please help me and left between him and the next door residence. I had [WITNESS #1] fill out a witness statement form.
After speaking with [WITNESS #1], I informed Sgt. Camp of what he witnessed and advised we needed to check the next door residence. Sgt. Camp and I approached the residence of [30 BLOCK] Victoria Way, Sgt. Camp went around the back and I went to the front door to speak with the person inside the residence, but as soon as I knocked, Sgt. Camp advised he had located [VICTIM #1] behind the residence. I left the front of the residence and met Sgt. Camp at the back of the residence, Sgt. Camp advised me [VICTIM #1] did not have a shirt on and asked for me to make contact with her.
When I rounded the side of the residence, [VICTIM #1] was sitting on the ground between the residence and the homeowner’s vehicle with her cat wrapped in her shirt. I witnessed [VICTIM #1]’s hands were covered in what appeared to be blood. I asked [VICTIM #1] where the blood came from and she stated it happened when she was running away from the residence and her cat was scratching her. I got [VICTIM #1] off the ground and escorted her to Cpl. Sawyers patrol unit to give her an escort back to her residence.
Once inside, [VICTIM #1] placed her cat in the bedroom, put her shirt back on and met with me in the kitchen. I asked [VICTIM #1] what happened and she stated she had the entire incident on video on her cell phone. Sgt. Camp, Cpl. Sawyer and I had [VICTIM #1] play the videos and in the videos you can’t see anything, but you can hear Craig threating to kill [VICTIM #1], and other things.
At this time Sgt. Camp took photos of [VICTIM #1]’s arms and head. While I was looking at [VICTIM #1]’s head I observed a very decent amount of matted hair with blood in it and I was unsure where the bleeding was coming from so I requested Cpl. Sawyer to call for EMS to check her head.
While waiting on EMS, I had [VICTIM #1] fill out a written witness statement form. [VICTIM #1] was given a copy of a Victims Notification form, Victims pamphlet and a business card with the case number attached with Gilmer County patrol’s email to send the videos to.
[VICTIM #1] was transported to Ellijay Piedmont for treatment for her injuries.
The following Warrants have been taken on Craig Womer:
O.C.G.A 16-11-37: Terroristic Threats and/or Acts
O.C.G.A 16-5-21 Aggravated Assault Family Violence
The Marlin 30/30 Model #336CS with Tasco Scope S/N 06052305 rifle belonging to Craig was placed in evidence locker 4 with locker 18649.
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[NARRATIVE #2 on November 03, 2022]
On November 3, 2022, I (Sergeant William Miller) and Detention Officer Tyler Woody were conducting our duties at the Gilmer County Adult Detention Center. At approximately 2030 hours, Deputy Brianna Edwards and Deputy Jesse Ledford brought in Detainee Craig Womer.
On arrival, Detainee Womer was agitated with his current charges and with an individual by the name of [VICTIM #1]. While Deputy Edwards was filling out the inital book-in sheet, Detainee Womer began making threatening statements reguarding [VICTIM #1]. These statements included that once Detainee Womer gets out of jail, he was going to come back to jail for life with murder charges. Detainee Womer is currently being held in booking with both Aggravated Assault (Family Violence) and Terroristic Threat charges.
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[NARRATIVE #3 on November 04, 2022]
On 11/04/2022 I, Deputy Edwards was dispatched to Piedmont Ellijay to give a transport to [VICTIM #1] from Piedmont back to 156 Victoria Way. Upon my arrival at Piedmont, [VICTIM #1] stated she had to have 6 staples placed into left side of her head where Craig had shoved the rifle into her head, but she was unsure if thats what caused the laceration.
Photos have been sent to Gilmer County UPD email.
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[NARRATIVE #4 on November 16, 2022]
On Wednesday, 11-16-2022, Captain Shepard spoke with Judge Galligan regarding an order he gave from the bench on 11/14/2022. Judge Galligan told Captain Shepard he ordered [VICTIM #1] to vacate 156 Victoria Way with in twenty four hours. I informed the judge she was still occupying the residence and asked him if he wanted me to execute his order and he said yes. The judge went on to say she can remove all personal items of hers and her cat. I, Captain Shepard, along with Detective Henson, Deputy Johnson and Deputy Blackwell responded to 156 Victoria Way.
Once on scene, I told [VICTIM #1] she had to leave the residence. [VICTIM #1] stated the Judge gave her twenty four hours to leave and I told her she was correct and the twenty four hours started on 11/14/2022 when Judge Galligan signed the TPO. [VICTIM #1] was allowed to gather her personal items and her cat before leaving the residence. [VICTIM #1] was also served a criminal trespass notice before leaving.
The residence was turned over to [REDACTED] as were the weapons I collected during the search warrant done at 156 Victoria Way. The house was turned over to [REDACTED] per Womer’s request. [REDACTED] was also told the guns could not be turned back over to Womer unless he was found not guilty.
After turning over the residence, I went to patrol and informed the deputies working and I also called Lt. Patrick and informed him. I then went to dispatch and pulled the criminal trespass notice on [REDACTED] for the residence at the request of [REDACTED].
I told dispatch [VICTIM #1] has been trespassed from the residence and Deputy Blackwell should bring them the form. I also had dispatch put it in the CAD notes that [VICTIM #1] was trespassed and [REDACTED] can be on the property. I then informed the D.A.’s Office that I had carried out the judge’s order.
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