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COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man remained behind bars without bond Wednesday afternoon, four days after his arrest for allegedly beating a woman and holding her captive at an Alcovy Road motel.
According to a Covington Police Department incident report, officers responded to the Super 8 motel at 10130 Alcovy Road Jan. 6 after the woman was able to grab her child and escape while the suspect, identified in the report as Devon Meeler, was sleeping.
The woman told police Meeler had returned to room 222 at the motel Saturday after spending Friday night at a house in Covington and questioned her about who she had been with while he was away.
The victim reportedly said that Meeler was “very aggressive” during the interrogation and the more she told him that no one had been in the room the more irate he became. She told police Meeler “started attacking her by hitting her with a closed fist all over her body and even choking her”
According to the report, the victim told officers she “attempted to run out of the room and get help several times but Mr. Meeler would grab her and bring her back into the room and start beating her again or grab her hair.”
The victim said Meeler told her to lay down on the bed beside him so “if she moved or attempted to run out of the room he would feel her.”
The victim told officers when she heard Meeler snoring, she carefully got off the bed, grabbed her 4-year-old son and went to the lobby for help. The 4-year-old reportedly witnessed the beating.
According to the report, the victim was scared, upset and crying when police arrived. Officers observed scratches on the victim’s neck, large bruises on both arms, knots on her arms and legs and bruises on both sides of her face.
The victim told officers the beatings took place over a two day period. She also reportedly said that she is six weeks pregnant.
When officers arrived at room 222, Meeler had locked himself in the bathroom. According to the report, after police gave him several commands to come out, he came out and was taken to the ground, searched and handcuffed.
Meeler was reportedly transported to the hospital to be treated for a cut before being taken to jail. According to the report he was charged with battery - family violence, reckless conduct, second-degree cruelty to children, trespass and damage to property.
Super 8 Motel