Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Midway Drive after a man allegedly beat his wife and brother-in-law with a stick.
According to reports, officers were called to the home around 9 p.m. Sunday evening. When they arrived, they saw a man standing in the street with blood on his face, who pointed to a house. As officers stopped their patrol cars, a woman came running from the house — she was also covered in blood and her shirt was ripped, exposing her stomach and bra. The man and woman outside were identified as siblings and alleged victims of the woman’s husband, later identified as Jimmy Lamar Thomas.
The woman allegedly told officers that Thomas was inside the house and that he had a stick and had been beating her and her brother with it. Officers turned to the house and noticed Thomas standing in the doorway with no shirt on. They drew their weapons and ordered Thomas to the ground, and he complied without incident, according to reports. Officers also noticed the male victim was holding a stick in his hand and ordered him to drop it, which he did.
Officers separated everyone involved and began asking each of them questions, slowly unraveling the story of what had taken place that night. The female victim reportedly told officers that Thomas had been at "Shorty’s" house down the road that night and he had been drinking. She said that at one point, Thomas struck her in the face in front of a group of people and at that point, she left and went to her sister-in-law’s house, then a while later, returned to her home.
According to her story, when she arrived home her husband was in bed and he "went crazy," jumping on her and beating her with a cane, at which point her brother intervened and attempted to get Thomas off of her. This intervention caused Thomas to turn his rage on his brother-in-law, according to reports.
The female victim called 911 for help. According to dispatch operators, they could hear "physical violence going on" during the call, and just before officers arrived at the home, the line went dead. The female victim reportedly told officers that Thomas had taken the phone from her, snatched the cord from the wall and began beating her with the phone.
Officers’ reports indicate that the female victim was hysterical and "nearly incoherent." She also suffered injuries to her right eye and face, her shirt was torn and there were red marks on her back which "looked like a stick-like object had struck her in three different areas." According to reports, the male victim’s story was nearly identical to his sister’s. He had cuts on both of his arms, and his face and nose were covered in blood.
After speaking with both of the victims, officers then asked Thomas to give them his side of the story. Thomas allegedly told officers that he "hadn’t done anything wrong," and that the injuries officers saw on him (a cut and swelling to his left eyebrow) were the result of both of the victims jumping on him and beating him.
When officers began looking through the home they allegedly found a broken cane, blood all over the home, a broken photograph. A broken piece of cane and a broken phone cord were found on the front lawn.
Due to the evidence, Thomas was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with aggravated assault and interference with a 911 call under the Family Violence Act.