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Dalton man chokes and hits girlfriend in front of her kids during violent domestic assault

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on November 6th, 2020, Deputy Robledo and Deputy Pack were dispatched to an address on Chatsworth Highway in reference to a domestic that had already occurred. When Deputies arrived, they met with a female who said that her boyfriend John Gary Neighbors, 35, of Dalton, had choked her, hit her, and then left in a black F150. The victim stated the incident started when Neighbors found a lighter in the dryer and accused her of having someone else over at their house. She stated when Neighbors found the lighter, he becomes very angry, and this is what started the argument between the two. The victim stated the argument started in the living room area with her children present. All three juveniles were in the living room when the argument took place. When the victim told Neighbors she was leaving. He became very aggressive toward her. Neighbors struck her a couple of times in the face while in the living room. Deputies reported that the victim had two knots on her forehead—one knot on the left side of her forehead and one on the right side. Neighbors then took her phone away as she was trying to get away. The victim stated they ended up in their bedroom on the bed. Neighbors was behind the victim, using his forearm to choke her. The victim stated that she was screaming as loud as she could for help and for him to stop. At one point, the victim stated that her breathing became restricted due to being choked. The juvenile who was in the room at the time became upset and crying. Neighbors then stopped choking her and left the residence. The victim advised Neighbors stayed with his dad sometimes on Wolfe Street in Cohutta, Ga. The victim was given/explained a victim’s bill of rights and had her sister pick her up from the residence. Pictures of the victim’s injuries were taken with a body camera. Warrants for Neighbors arrest for aggravated assault (family violence), battery (family violence), and cruelty to children in the third degree (3 counts) were obtained. According to a separate incident report, on December 9th, 2020, at approximately 7:13 PM, A deputy responded to a two-vehicle crash on Cleveland Highway near York Street. One of the drivers involved had left the scene on foot. While the deputy was driving to the scene, a juvenile called 911 and stated that a male approached him outside his residence on McFalls Street, not far from the crash. The suspicious male had told juvenile one that the cops were looking for him and asked him for a ride, telling him he would give him money in exchange. The deputy arrived in the area and noticed the male walking out to Fleming Street. The deputy attempted to close the distance before Neighbors noticed him. Neighbors almost immediately noticed the deputy and took off running south on Fleming Street. A witness stated Neighbors ran into Jas Tobacco and went into their bathroom. A store employee stated that he did not go into a bathroom but went out the back door. At this time, multiple Deputies along with Georgia State Patrol arrived on the scene to assist. As Deputy Ozzy Warren was walking the fence line behind Jas Tobacco, he spotted Neighbors hiding in the bamboo. Deputies gave Neighbors verbal commands to climb back over the fence. Once he made it to the top, Deputies assisted in getting him back down the fence and onto his stomach. Deputy Schaub then handcuffed him behind his back. Trooper Caleb Terry took Neighbors back to the crash scene on Cleveland Highway. When running Neighbors through GCIC, it showed active felony warrants through Whitfield County and Murray County. Neighbors was checked out by EMS for complaints of difficulty breathing. Neighbors was booked into the Whitfield County Jail charged with obstruction, aggravated assault, family violence, cruelty to child, allow to witness an assault, and battery, family violence.