Tifton Gazette


January 21, 2014

Home not so sweet for intruder

TIFTON — A man was arrested Sunday after thinking he was at his home.

Officer Rob Scott reported early Sunday morning that he responded to a residence located in the 200 block of West Sixth Street in reference to a man holding a subject at gunpoint for attempting to break into his residence, according to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department.

He said upon his arrival, he made contact with the 29-year-old complainant who advised of where the offender was. The man reported that he heard something on his porch and discovered the offender hiding. He then went to his truck and retrieved a gun due to him thinking the subject was breaking into his house.

Scott made contact with the offender who appeared to be hiding under some loose insulation that was located on the porch at the complainant’s residence. He told the offender who he was and requested him to come out from hiding. He reported that the subject didn’t move so he pulled him out of the insulation by his left leg and placed him in handcuffs.

Scott said while on the scene with the offender and the complainant, it was discovered that the offender was intoxicated and apparently thought that he was at his residence. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. He was also unsteady on his feet when attempting to stand still. He had slurred speech when Scott was talking to him and asking him questions. Scott reported that the offender had watery, glassy eyes and was confused and thought that he was at his own house.

When he asked the offender if he had any alcohol to drink, he said something along the lines of “not that much” or “just a little.” He said when the subject was taken into custody, he was checked for weapons. Also, Scott retrieved his driver’s license from his wallet. The subject’s name and date of birth on the license was checked through dispatch and it came back with no record. The license number was then ran and it came back to the subject with a different birthday that was displayed on the license. The offender was in possession of a fake driver’s license which had been altered from the subject’s original driver’s license.

The offender, Mitchell James Williams, 20, of Stockbridge, was taken to the Tift County Jail and charged with loitering or prowling, underage possession of alcohol, public drunkenness and use of false name. The driver’s license was recovered and placed into evidence at the TPD.

In another matter, officer William Germaine reported early Thursday morning that he responded to a fight call at an apartment located at Brookfield Mews on Tifton-Eldorado Road. He said while en route, dispatch advised the male subject pulled a gun on the complainant, a 26-year-old woman.

He reported that when he arrived on the scene, he saw a black male matching the description given out putting his bags in the trunk of a black vehicle. He asked the subject what was going on and why they were fighting. The subject denied that they weren’t fighting.

Germaine said he asked the subject if he had anything he was not supposed to have and he said no. He then searched him after he gave consent. He reported that he didn’t find any weapons on the subject. While searching the offender, another officer went to speak with the complainant who advised the offender had a small black gun. She said if it was not on him, it was in his bags in the vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle allowed officers to search her vehicle. A small black handgun matching the description the complainant gave was found in the back seat where the offender was attempting to get in when Germaine pulled up.

The offender, James Tobias Oliver, 32, of Tifton, was then arrested. The complainant reported that Oliver came over drunk and started arguing with her about his son. She said he hit her with a chair in the head and then pulled out a gun and said that he would kill her. She was able to call 911 and Oliver left the residence. She was checked by Emergency Medical Services. Oliver was transported to the Tift County Law Enforcement Center and was charged with aggravated assault.

In other unrelated cases:

• A man who lives in the 1700 block of Ermine Avenue reported Monday that an unknown witness called him and advised that someone was kicking in the door to his residence. Officer Anthony Hughes reported that once on the scene, he noticed that the front door to the residence had been kicked in. He then cleared the house, making sure there wasn’t anyone inside. No items were reported missing, but a few drawers had been pulled out. The report states that Deyonta Deon Parks, 20, of Tifton was arrested and charged with first degree burglary. In an unrelated report, the victim had also reported Friday that someone broke into his home and stole his Xbox 360 and some Xbox 360 games.

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