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Woman hits man with broom, chaos ensues
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From Hinesville Police Department initial incident reports. 

Obstruction, disorderly conduct: Police were sent to Harbor Rain apartments around 1:24 hours April 10 regarding “a fight in progress,” and officers found a man “running from the Q building … without a shirt on.”

The man was sweating and had “visible scratches on his back and chest,” but declined treatment by EMS. 

Officers first spoke to the victim, a woman who said she was inside her apartment when the shirtless man knocked on the door accompanied by another man, and they ordered a man inside her apartment “to come outside and fight. (She) did not allow them to come into the residence and the (shirtless man) attempted to make entry,” the report said.

The woman said the man then hit her in the face, so “she picked up a broom that was next to the door outside and used it to keep the male suspects away.” 

She also said the man in her apartment got into a fight with the two men outside in an effort to defend her.  She had “two small scratches under her right eye and she had a scratch on the inside of her bottom lip. She declined EMS ….”

The man in her apartment told police the same thing, although he said the shirtless man wanted to fight due to an earlier dispute between them. 

Police then talked to one of the men – not the one without a shirt – who’d gone to the apartment to fight. He said he was only there to fight the man inside, “but (the woman) struck him with a broom,” and the officer “explained that citizens had the right to protect themselves and their property.”

That made the man “irate,” and he got upset and had to be handcuffed, during which time he apparently put up a lengthy fight, before he could be put into a patrol car, the report said. While he was being arrested, a second woman appeared and “was hindering the arrest,” the report continued, noting she “was screaming profanities,” and “failed to comply with verbal commands.”

At some point, police decided to arrest her and charge her with obstruction. She resisted, so an officer, “removed my taser from the holster,” and that alone  prompted the woman to allow police to handcuff her.

After it was over, the two men and the second woman were cited and released with court dates. 

Entering auto: Police were sent to Desert Storm Drive around 1:15 a.m. April 10 “in reference to an entering auto suspect being held down by the owner of the vehicle.”

The suspect was detained and frisked, and police “found crystal meth and a pipe on his person,” so the man was taken to HPD and then to jail.

Criminal trespass: A woman reported April 7 that the day before “approximately 10 ATVs somehow managed to enter (private property). She stated the vehicles caused damage to recently planted flowers and possible damage to the newly installed irrigation system.”

She also said one of the riders was hefty. The officer asked how they got onto the property and the woman told him, “she also stated a picture was taken of one of the drivers and she stated ‘he weighed like 400 pounds and damaged the flowers.’”

Later, the woman said there was no damage to either the irrigation system or flowers, but the riders did leave tread marks.

The woman was given a case number.

Welfare check: An officer was sent April 9 to a Sharon Street address regarding “a suspicious occurrence,” a report said. 

Earlier, the same officer had been told by neighbors that a woman was “wandering the street late at night into the early morning hours,” and had been spotted relieving herself in public and driving erratically.

The complainant in the second call was the woman’s daughter, and she said her mother “is at the beginning stages of dementia and has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.”

Officers found the woman’s car and she told them she “was driving around town enjoying the drive,” and they told her it was important for her to stay home during the shelter in place order. The woman “did not seem to comprehend the seriousness of the state of emergency and kept stating she did not want to go home,” the report said, adding that the woman then told them she her house keys didn’t work “until a neighbor did ‘voodoo’ on the door and it came open. She stated she did not feel safe staying at her residence because her keys did not work for her.”

The woman at first resisted going home, saying she’d find a motel, but eventually agreed to go home, the report said.

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