COVINGTON -- A Newton County teenager is in custody after threatening to kill his father with a sword New Year's Eve, according to the Covington Police Department.
James Dylan-Ray Mobley, 17, of 4115 Locust Circle, faces charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children in the second degree in connection with the incident, which allegedly began over a toddler damaging some playing cards.
CPD officers were called to the Locust Circle residence and informed a person had been cut. When they arrived they spoke to the victim who had suffered a cut to his left hand. He told them that his son was in the kitchen playing a card game and he heard the 2-year-old female. who was also in the house, begin to cry in the living room.
"When he checked to see why the juvenile was crying, he found that his son was upset because the juvenile had pulled his playing cards from the table while he was in the restroom and damaged several cards ... (his son) told him what the juvenile had done and he had popped her on her butt (spanked her) and sent her to the other room," according to the incident report.
This sparked an argument between father and son who began arguing over several issues but eventually the two separated and the father went back into the living room and sat in his chair. That's when the son allegedly approached him with the sword.
"As he sat in his chair, he said Mobley approached him from the right and stuck a sword in his face, saying he was going to kill him. (The father) grabbed the sword with both hands and turned/swiveled to his right and stood up and pushed (his son) against the wall trying to get him to release the sword," the report states. "As the two argued and fought over the sword, (the son) began to twist and rotate the sword in his hands causing him to receive a cut to the inside part of his left hand. During the scuffle, (the son) continued to say he wanted to kill him and would kill him."
The father was eventually able to begin talking to the son, telling him he loved him and didn't want him to do this. The son then released the sword and ran from the residence on foot, clad only in a sleeveless T-shirt, a pair of shorts and no shoes.
A search was conducted for Mobley in the area of the house, but officers were unsuccessful in locating him until a 911 hang-up was received and he was traced to U.S. Highway 278 near Chick-fil-A where he was apprehended.
Although the father told officers he did not place the call to police and did not want to press charges, officers told him the Family Violence Act required that charges be brought against the son.
In speaking with the son, police allegedly confirmed the father's account of events.
"(Mobley) said when he approached his dad with the sword he was going to make him leave the residence, but if he refused, he was willing to kill him. He said he grabbed the top of his dad's head and put the sword up to his throat about 5 or 6 inches from his throat," the report states.
In other crime news, the Newton County Sheriff's Office reports around 8:45 p.m. on New Year's Eve a woman living on Salem Meadow Drive was attacked by an unknown man as she walked across her back yard.
The 29-year-old woman told NCSO deputies she had been to the pool house where her mother lived and was making her way across the yard to her residence when someone apparently lurking in the darkness attacked her from behind with a board.
The woman's husband said he heard her call out for him and he ran out of the house and saw her on the ground, apparently unconscious. He ran back inside the residence and got some water to splash on her face. The woman came around and he took her inside and called the Sheriff's Office.
The woman had a large bruise on the right side of her back and EMS was called to the scene. They checked her out and she refused further medical treatment. The woman was not robbed or molested in any way.
She said she did not get a good look at her assailant, but described him as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 100 pounds and wearing a black hoodie.
Also, the Spend Thrift store at 4125 Emory St. in Oxford was burglarized sometime in the early morning hours of New Year's Day, according to the CPD.
A citizen reported seeing a door open at the business and when officers arrived they found both the front and back doors open, with a metal pry bar near the back door.
Officers contacted the owner of the store who said a Honda CR50 motorcycle, a Crossman 760 pellet rifle, a Daisy BB rifle and a black Rossie snub-nose .38 revolver were missing.
Surveillance video showed three suspects, all black males, who appear to be wearing hooded sweat shirts and using their cell phones for light.
Later that night, CPD officers came in contact with three suspicious males on Old Atlanta Highway who reportedly had guns in their backpacks. The three were able to elude officers, but the motorcycle and some of the other stolen items were recovered. Arrests are pending in the case.