Deputies arrived at a hotel on Carson Loop just before 11 p.m. to find a crowd of people gathered around a woman in a wheelchair bleeding profusely from her face and choking on blood in her mouth, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report. The deputy reported the woman’s right leg appeared to have been previously amputated, and she was not able to answer questions at the time.
The deputies then made contact with the alleged suspect, Joseph Roland, inside Room 129. Finding a sock covered in blood upon entry, the deputy reported Roland was defensive, refusing to comply with commands, and the deputy said Roland smelled of alcohol.
After detaining Roland, the deputy spoke with the victim who was being treated by Bartow EMS. She told authorities Roland had been drinking most of the day and was being loud. When she asked him to be quiet before police were called, Roland allegedly became irate, yelling at her, before grabbing her hair and pulling her to the ground. He then began kicking her in the face, according to the report.
After several minutes of Roland kicking her about the face and head, the victim was able to beat on the neighbor’s door and scream for help. Following her interview with the deputy, the victim was taken to Cartersville Medical Center.
The deputy reported finding another bloody sock, a blanket with “a large amount of blood on it,” fresh blood stains on the carpet, and blood spatter on the wall and bathroom floor.
Roland, who had blood on both pant legs, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, false imprisonment (FVA), obstruction, battery (FVA) and abuse of a disabled person.