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November 30, 2012

Two charged with aggravated assault in domestic disturbance

Two Dalton men — one reportedly a former boyfriend of a woman who called authorities to report several men with guns at her residence — are in the Whitfield County jail without bond on charges of aggravated assault with a gun.

No shots were fired, according to an incident report from the Dalton Police Department. The men were charged in the incident believed to have begun on Wrinkle Street.

Dewayne Demease, 37, of 2122 Antioch Road, was charged Wednesday after his former girlfriend said he was causing a disturbance at her apartment and holding a firearm, according to the report.

Jamarr Ramon Pittman, 27, of 1114 Foster St., was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after officials said he became verbally belligerent when police arrived at Demease’s brother’s house during a search for suspects and told police they weren’t authorized to look around the driveway. Police eventually found a sawed-off shotgun with a shell in the chamber and three in the magazine tube in the yard and listened to a witness account that Pittman had been spotted in the yard taking off a sweatshirt that was lying beside the gun.

According to the report, Demease told officers he had talked on the phone with the woman’s current boyfriend and that person kept telling him to “come fight.” “Dewayne said he showed up on Wrinkle Street and (the boyfriend) was holding a piece of wood,” the report stated.

The boyfriend reported Demease had made several threatening phone calls and that he had the wood because he feared for his safety. Demease told officers, according to the report, that he made a quick reach for his waistband as if he was drawing a pistol when he saw the boyfriend and “stated that he intended for the male to think he had a gun.”

The report states Pittman “denied assaulting anyone, being present on Wrinkle Street at all, or having any knowledge of a shotgun.” Demease said Pittman wasn’t involved when the incident with the boyfriend occurred, but the woman called later to question why Pittman was being charged and told officers she had confirmed with neighbors Pittman “had only been in the area visiting.” The report states that information confirmed Pittman was “present during the time of the aggravated assault.”


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