NWGA Scanner | September 8th, 2022

Tunnel Hill man violates bond condition to stay away from woman and violently assaults her

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On August 31, 2022, at approximately 12:49 AM, Deputy Woods and Lt. Rann were dispatched to the area of Kay Drive in regards to a welfare check. Deputies arrived on the scene and were advised by neighbors they heard screaming from a female inside. Deputies made contact with someone at the door, and immediately after that, two subjects came running out of a bedroom. The subjects were to be later identified as Jeremiah Keith Duckett, 41, of Tunnel Hill, and a female victim. According to the report, “Deputies observed that Mr. Duckett was bleeding from his head. Deputy Woods informed the victim to step outside the residence and speak to him while Lt. Rann spoke to Mr. Duckett.” She stated that Duckett was forcing her to stay quiet so deputies could not hear them. She stated she was in fear of her life due to Duckett violently beating her and using his forearm to strangle her. She then showed Deputy Woods the serious bruising on her thigh and ribcage area. Deputy Woods also observed bruising on her bicep. She even stated she felt like Duckett might have broken some of her ribs. Deputies then learned that Duckett was bleeding from his head because he was hitting himself and saying, “I’m not going to jail alone tonight”. She stated she had tried to escape from her residence by pushing out the air conditioner unit from the window and escaping from there but was unsuccessful due to Duckett grabbing her ankles and restraining her from escaping. According to the report, “Deputy Woods then observed an air conditioner unit outside on the ground. Lt. Rann Informed Deputy Woods that there was blood around the victim’s ankles from Mr. Duckett restraining her from exiting through the window.” Deputies also learned that Duckett stated he signed bond conditions to stay away from the victim on September 7th, 2021, and was due in court on the case on September 15th, 2022. Duckett was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, battery, criminal trespass, and obstructing or hindering persons making emergency telephone calls.