NWGA Scanner | August 8th, 2022

Rome man assaults woman and pulls knife out during violent domestic in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, May 23rd, 2022, at 11:11 PM, Officer Dollar responded to Walker Mountain Store in reference to a complainant meeting regarding a domestic involving a knife. The victim stated James Rutledge Cato, 49, of Rome, was threatening everyone and threw a plate of oatmeal at a wall resulting in the plate being broken. The victim stated that when he first got home, James began accusing her of cheating. This resulted in an ongoing argument all day. The victim also stated that James pulled a knife on his 17-year-old stepdaughter. During the violent altercation, James became belligerent and chased the victim around the house with a knife before they were barely able to escape out the front door. James was able to shove the victim into a chain-linked fence. The victim informed Officer Dollar that she had had numerous restraining orders against James before due to his history of domestic violence. The victim stated James was probably on a dope bender. Officer Dollar reported, “[I] asked the victim what makes her continue going back to the relationship. She stated because she is terrified of him.” Officer Dollar contacted the women’s shelter and asked if they could accept them. During the domestic, James stated, “they will never catch me.”On May 24th, at 1:16 AM, Officer Overstreet, Officer Newport, and Officer Dollar located James at the residence on Blacks Bluff Road and took him into custody. James was transported to the Floyd County Jail due to him swallowing meth. Warrants were secured for his arrest. On July 27th, 2022, James was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, simple battery, cruelty to children in the third degree, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug-related objects, and probation violation.