Hawkins man allegedly attacks girlfriend for not paying his probation fees

Jeff Bobo • Feb 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM

ROGERSVILLE — An unemployed Hawkins County man is facing charges after allegedly beating his girlfriend with a snow shovel and putting a knife to her throat, among other things, because she apparently failed to pay his probation fees.

Robert David Coleman, 52, 485 Grassy Creek Road, Rogersville, is currently on probation for a DUI arrest in 2012, and he also has a DUI arrest pending from Feb. 4.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including aggravated domestic violence and vandalism over $500. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 5.

The victim told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Allen that when she came home from work Saturday, her boyfriend, Coleman, was drunk.

“She asked him to let her go to bed, and he began getting in her face and cursing her because she hadn’t paid his probation fees off,” Allen stated in a report released Thursday.

Coleman’s initial behavior allegedly included slamming the back of her head against a door, striking her in the legs with a thrown piece of firewood, and threatening to “beat her brains out.”

The victim ran outside and locked herself in her car, at which time Coleman allegedly put a jack under the driver’s side of the car and jacked up off its left side tires.

As the victim was dialing 911 on her cell phone, Coleman allegedly broke the driver’s side window out of the car with a snow shovel.

“She slid across tot he passenger side of the car and exited,” Allen said. “He then ran around the car and struck her in the back with the shovel, knocking her down. He then took her cell phone away and broke it.”

Allen added, “She got up and saw him grab some sharp object. She ran down the driveway. He grabbed her around the neck from behind and she saw what appeared to be a knife. He had it up near her throat, and she grabbed his arm. She stated that he tackled her and as she hit the

ground, what he had in his hand cut the tips of her first two fingers, causing her to bleed.”

The victim then ran out into the road where she met Allen, who had been en route since she called 911 inside the car.

Coleman allegedly told Allen to arrest him because he “needed to be in jail.”

As of Thursday Coleman remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $1,000 bond.

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