James Strickland

Name:
Strickland, James Edward

Date of Booking:
08/09/2022

Reason(s) For Booking:
BATTERY (FVA)

TERRORISTIC THREATS AND ACTS

CRIMINAL TRESPASS

Officer’s Narrative:
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On Tuesday, August 9, 2022 I responded to [REDACTED BY AGENCY] in reference to a domestic dispute. The Glynn Brunswick 911 Center received a 911 call from a female at this location, having a verbal altercation with a male in the background. While en route to the call, dispatch informed me they had an open 911 line and could hear a female telling a male to not break her things. Dispatch also heard what appeared to be a physical altercation ensuing. A few minutes later, the 911 call taker could hear the male making threats to set the female on fire, along with all of her belongings.

When myself and Ofc. L. Sanchez (157) arrived on scene, we could not make entry onto the property due to there being a chain linked fence, that was locked with a thick chain and padlock. Myself, Ofc. Sanchez and Ofc. C. Smith (116) climbed over the chain linked fence, to gain entry onto the property. As we approached the residence, we could hear a verbal altercation going on in the north end of the residence. Ofc. Sanchez covered the rear door of the residence, and Ofc. Smith covered the door, underneath the car port, while I covered the front door. Once we were in out positions, just in case someone ran from the residence, I knocked on the front door and announced myself as Glynn County Police. After making the initial knock on the front door, the arguing stopped.

After the arguing stopped, I knocked several more times on the front door and announced myself. Still not receiving an answer to the front door, Ofc. Sanchez began to knock on the back door, announcing herself as being Glynn County Police. After Ofc. Sanchez knocked several times, a female responded. Once a response was made from the female, she was demanded to come to open the door. The female informed units that she was coming to the door. It took the female several minutes to come to the door. After a few minutes had passed, a white female and a white male opened the door, underneath the car port. When we made contacted with the female and they male, they both were wet and had towels draped around them. The female appeared to be very upset and stated the male that was with her didn’t do anything.

Once we got both of the individuals outside of the residence and underneath the car port, both parties were separated. I spoke with the male, identified as James Strickland, while Ofc. Sanchez spoke with the female, identified as [VICTIM #1].

While speaking with Mr. Strickland, I informed him that we are investigating a domestic situation and I read him his Miranda Rights from my Miranda card. Mr. Strickland became upset when I told him I was reading him Miranda and stated he didn’t do anything. Mr. Strickland explained that [VICTIM #1] called him to come to the residence because someone had broken into the residence and attacked her. I asked Mr. Strickland how someone gained entry onto the property, being that we had to climb a locked fence to gain access.

Mr. Strickland stated he was unsure how they got onto the property but stated he was called to come help [VICTIM #1] because she was attacked. I asked Mr. Strickland if he had any issues with anyone and he stated he got into an altercation at the residence with a male named [REDACTED]. I informed Mr. Strickland that at the time of our arrival, we could hear him and [VICTIM #1] arguing in the north part of the residence. Mr. Strickland stated they were arguing about the situation that just happed with someone breaking into the residence. Mr. Strickland stated [VICTIM #1] asked him to put her in the shower due to her being over heated. I asked Mr. Strickland how they broke into the residence and he stated, he didn’t know, but someone is always breaking into the residence.

After speaking with Mr. Strickland, I spoke with [VICTIM #1]. I asked [VICTIM #1] to explain to me what happened. [VICTIM #1] was not forth coming with her stated and stated it would be the same as Mr. Strickland. I told [VICTIM #1] to explain to me what happened. [VICTIM #1] stated she was inside the residence making coffee in the kitchen when someone broke into the residence an attacked her. [VICTIM #1] stated when the individual broke in, they attacked her. Looking at [VICTIM #1], she had red markings on the bridge of her nose, along with red marking on both arms and legs. I asked [VICTIM #1] if she knew the individual that broke in and she stated, no. I asked [VICTIM #1] could she give me a description of the individual and she stated she couldn’t, but they had on a mask. [VICTIM #1] kept stating that she called Ms. Strickland, requesting he come home because of the situation that happened.

I asked [VICTIM #1] how the individual broke into the residence and she stated, she didn’t know. [VICTIM #1] was very upset and stated she wanted the problem to go away. I asked [VICTIM #1] to give her account of what happened again and she stated, again, that she was in the kitchen, making coffee when the individual came in the residence and attacked her. I asked [VICTIM #1], again, how the individual broke into the residence, but this time, she stated they kicked in the door underneath the car port.

While speaking with [VICTIM #1], Mr. Strickland was being detained by Ofc. Hollingsworth, just outside the fence of the property. Based on the 911 recording and the injuries that [VICTIM #1] had, and also the verbal altercation that was transpiring when we arrived, Mr. Strickland was placed under arrest for the charge of Misdemeanor Battery FVA. When [VICTIM #1] realized that Mr. Strickland was being placed under arrest, Ofc. Smith asked [VICTIM #1] to tell us what really happened.

[VICTIM #1] stated that Mr. Strickland always snaps and attacks her. I asked [VICTIM #1] what happened today. [VICTIM #1] stated she was in the kitchen making coffee when Mr. Strickland snapped. [VICTIM #1] stated Mr. Strickland snatched the cord from the AT&T modem and broke it. After breaking the modem, [VICTIM #1] stated Mr. Strickland went into the bedroom and grabbed her laptop. [VICTIM #1] stated she told Mr. Strickland to stop breaking her stuff. [VICTIM #1] also stated that while in the room, Mr. Strickland attacked her, causing her to fall to the ground. [VICTIM #1] stated while on the ground, Mr. Strickland kicked her in her back and also stepped on her stomach.

Ofc. Sanchez looked at [VICTIM #1]’ back and noticed slight redness in the center of her back. [VICTIM #1] walked us inside the residence so we could see the damages caused by Mr. Strickland. Once inside, we noticed several broken picture frames and shards of glass on the floor in the living room area. In the front bedroom, the dresser was knocked over. Pictures of the damages inside the residence, along with a burnt Orange sweatshirt, were taken and will be downloaded to evidence.com. Pictures of [VICTIM #1] injuries were also taken and will be downloaded.

After speaking with [VICTIM #1], I walked to my patrol car, where Mr. Strickland was being held. I informed Mr. Strickland of his additional charges of Felony Terrorist Threats FVA and Criminal Trespass FVA. Mr. Strickland was transported to the Glynn County Detention Center, where he was turned over to jail staff without incident. [VICTIM #1] was given a case number for the incident, along with a Victim’s Bill of Rights pamphlet.

This incident was captured on my Axon body camera, where the footage will be downloaded to my evidence.com account under the above case number. The 911 recording was forwarded to me via email by 911 staff.

[End Of Narrative]