NWGA Scanner | August 8th, 2022

Dalton teenager arrested after assaulting woman in front of her two daughters during domestic

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On July 26th, 2022, at 12:52 AM, Deputies Findley and Hackney were dispatched to an address on Forrest Hill Road in reference to a disturbance. According to the report, “The caller advised the neighbors at this address were arguing, and she observed Joshua Isaiah Avila, 17, of Dalton, violently push a Hispanic female back inside the house through the front door.” When deputies arrived, the Hispanic female victim came outside to the porch to talk, and Joshua came out close behind her while screaming and yelling at her. Deputy Findley went up on the porch and began attempting to calm Joshua, who was extremely irate, yelling and moving his hands a lot. Deputy Findley asked Joshua what was happening, and Joshua stated that they were arguing because he grabbed the victim’s dog because it was attempting to have sexual intercourse with his dog, and that made him very mad. According to the report, “While Joshua was telling this to Deputy Findley, he was still very animated and talking very loud while using a significant amount of profanities. Deputy Findley advised Joshua several times to relax in an attempt to deescalate the situation while Joshua was telling the story due to him getting louder while talking. Deputy Findley told Joshua he was trying to figure out what happened, but it was difficult with him yelling.” When Deputy Findley attempted to ask the victim what happened, Joshua talked over her and would not let her tell her side of the story. This went on for several minutes before Deputy Findley then advised Joshua he needed to sit in a chair that was on the porch, so he could relax. Joshua then got very angry and advised the deputy not to tell him what to do while gritting his teeth in a very aggressive manner. When the deputy attempted to detain Joshua attempted to walk back inside and shut the door behind him. According to the report, “Deputy Findley pushed the door back open and told Joshua to come back outside and put his hands behind his back right now.” Joshua was then detained and placed in the patrol vehicle. The victim said that during the altercation, Joshua started swinging his arms and assaulting her. A witness to the assault advised the same story as the victim. The victim said during this whole time that her two daughters were also on the porch crying and yelling for Joshua to stop. The witness, who is married to the victim, advised Joshua is his brother. Joshua was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail and charged with battery (family violence), simple battery (family violence), and cruelty to child 3rd degree x2.