NWGA Scanner | August 15th, 2022
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 27th, 2022, at 11:45 PM, Deputy Gant responded to an address on Wood Yates Road in Ringgold in regards to a home invasion. Deputy Gant confirmed that the offenders were gone on arrival and made contact with the complainant. According to the report, “The complainant stated that she heard two loud noises outside her window where she was sleeping, and she then heard her front door be forced open when two large white males, whom she did not know, entered the home with a baseball bat and a handgun. The complainant stated the men were yelling and cursing, but in the stress of the moment, she can not remember what was said other than the men threatening to return if she called law enforcement. The male victim gave a similar statement but stated that he did know one of the offenders from a meeting the previous week, around April 19th or 20th. The male victim stated that the John Lee Austin, 23, of Rossville, had been at their home the previous week to give him an estimate on lawn care for the residence.” The male victim stated he explained to Austin that he was in very bad health and could not provide his own lawn care any longer. The victim advised the deputy the two men broke the living room TV with the bat and threatened all the residents with both weapons. Deputies also located damage on a vehicle outside. The male victim checked the inside of the damaged vehicle and discovered that his prescription narcotics had been stolen from inside the vehicle. Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the address and took over the investigation. After further investigation, investigators were able to identify the second suspect as Christopher Dowling, 36, of Rossville. Deputies were able to take both Dowling and Austin into custody on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, home invasion 1st degree, entering an automobile, and criminal damage to property 2nd degree.