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Rogersville man accused of assaulting Hawkins deputy

April 12th, 2007 12:45 am by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE - Charges against a Rogersville man accused of attempting to pull a .357-caliber revolver on a police officer Sunday morning were bound over to the Hawkins County grand jury Wednesday.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Martin Taylor responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at the home of Robert L. Chess, 64, 161 Cedar Hills Road, Rogersville. The alleged victim, Carolyn Chess, told the deputy she'd been assaulted by her husband Robert Chess, who was in a downstairs area of the house when the officer arrived.

"I could hear Mr. Chess cursing at his wife, and upon speaking to Mr. Chess he agreed to come upstairs to talk to me regarding the alleged assault," Taylor stated in his report. "Mr. Chess was very intoxicated and denied assaulting his wife. In order to keep Mr. Chess from cursing his wife further, I asked him to walk with me into the kitchen area."

Taylor stated in his report that while walking to the kitchen Chess attempted to go into the living room where his wife and two other people were sitting. Taylor said he stopped Chess, and Chess began cursing at his wife for calling 911.

"I attempted to escort Mr. Chess to the kitchen area by the arm," Taylor stated. "Chess jerked away and stated ‘I got a gun' and grabbed for the weapon which he had concealed inside his waistband under is shirt. I ordered Mr. Chess to stop, but he refused and continued pulling it from his pants.

"I grabbed the suspect by both arms and forced him to the ground, where a struggle ensued over the weapon."

After a brief struggle Taylor gained control of the handgun, a Ruger GP 100 stainless steel .357-caliber revolver. Chess was then handcuffed and arrested on several charges including aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, felony reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, going armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He is currently free on bond waiting for his case to be heard by the grand jury.

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