According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Friday, January 6th, 2023, at 4:14 PM, Deputy Collins and Deputy Spivey responded to a domestic disturbance on West Emery Street. According to the report, the Deputies spoke with the victim, who had severe injuries to her face, chest, and arms and appeared to be in extreme fear for her safety. The victim stated she was in the vehicle with her boyfriend, Vann Marcus Mitchell, 60, of Dalton when they started to argue about her cell phone being lost. The victim ran into Heartlite Hospice Care and spoke with an employee who stated the victim came inside the business and asked for help because her boyfriend was outside and had attacked her. She then called 911, and Dalton Police Department responded due to the address being in the city. Dalton Police stated they saw the suspect’s vehicle, but when they approached, he fled the scene in the vehicle. Further investigation it was discovered the domestic matter occurred on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, in the late hours of the night and continued on until early Wednesday morning. The victim stated to Deputy Collins she was with her boyfriend at an address on Old Dixie Hwy where they reside together. Mitchell became agitated and enraged after drinking a bottle of Wild Turkey and began to violently assault the victim. She stated the suspect started striking her all over with his fist and then transitioned to his rifle. She stated Mitchell told her the weapon was loaded and he was going to kill her and her family if she spoke. Mitchell grabbed the victim’s left arm and pulled her into a separate room of the house, and refused to allow her to leave. Mitchell continued to assault the victim by striking her several times with the rifle and using his hands to strangle her. When the assault was over, the suspect was barely able to escape, and a friend took her to Hamilton Medical Center. While at the hospital, the victim stated she was diagnosed with a broken nose, broken eye sockets, fractured jaw, fractured left arm, etc. While at the hospital, the victim told the medical staff she was in a four-wheeler accident. Later that day, at approximately 6:03 PM, Deputy Collins and Deputy Spivey witnessed Mitchell driving on Five Springs Road. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and Mitchell was taken into custody and transported to the Whitfield County Jail. While doing an inventory of the vehicle, Deputies located two rifles matching the victim’s description and five boxes of ammo, which were turned into evidence. Mitchell was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping, terroristic threats, and false imprisonment.
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