Suspect sought in alleged assault

CONYERS -- The Conyers Police Department has issued a warrant for a 25-year-old man who allegedly held a knife to his girlfriend's throat, struck her in the face and fired a gunshot after she fled their house.

Police officers responded to a report of a violent domestic disturbance on South Hicks Circle on Aug. 1 at about 10 p.m. One officer reported that as he drove into the area he heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot. The officer met with the 25-year-old victim in front of a neighbor's house on South Hicks Circle where she alleged that her boyfriend had just fired a shot from somewhere near their house. The victim was told to go inside the neighbor's house and police began to set up a perimeter in the area.

Because officers heard only one gunshot, there was some concern that the suspect may have shot himself. Officers attempted to reach him by cellphone, but he did not answer.

Deputies from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office were called in to assist. The deputies made a tactical entry into the suspect's house but found that he had already fled.

The victim told police that she and her boyfriend had gotten into a heated verbal argument earlier in the evening and that he had put her in a head restraint, held a kitchen knife to her throat and struck her two times in the face with a closed fist. The victim said she picked up a tire iron to defend herself and her boyfriend walked away. The couple's 3-year-old daughter reportedly witnessed the alleged assault.

The victim said she took their daughter and ran toward the neighbor's house, with the suspect following her. She said she was able to get inside the neighbor's house before he caught up and that he then walked back to their house. Shortly afterward she heard the gunshot from near their house.

A warrant was issued for the suspect on charges of aggravated assault, simple battery under the Family Violence Act, and cruelty to children in the third degree.