According to the Cartersville police incident report, James Johnson went to the victim’s apartment to ask for a ride home. When the victim refused to give Johnson a ride, there was reportedly a verbal altercation, but Johnson left. Approximately five to 10 minutes later, the victim stated, Johnson returned and attempted to force his way into the apartment. The victim said Johnson allegedly punched him in the mouth and then began to attack him.
The two men ended up on the ground, according to the report, with Johnson on top of the victim. The victim said he was trying to protect himself when Johnson allegedly bit off his finger.
The victim said he was attempting to reach a baseball bat as his finger was being bitten. However, the victim stated he did not strike Johnson with the bat.
Johnson was located away from the scene by another Cartersville Police Department officer, and the officer drove him back to Parkway North. Johnson waived his Miranda Rights and spoke with one of the officers. He stated he went to the victim’s room to ask for a ride, and when the victim refused, he left.
Johnson said he was confronted by a witness in the area who reportedly said the victim wanted to fight with him. Johnson said when he returned to the victim’s room, the victim said if Johnson came into his room he would beat him up. During this exchange, Johnson said the victim was holding a baseball bat.
According to the report, Johnson said he got into a fight with the victim and they did end up on the floor. At some point during the tussle, Johnson said he felt something force itself into his mouth and that caused him to bite down. Johnson said he felt something fall into his mouth when he bit down and he then spat out the object. Johnson reportedly did not know it was the victim’s finger until after he spat it out. At that point, the report states, Johnson said he told the victim they should stop fighting.
Johnson then left to walk home.
When emergency medical services arrived on scene, the victim refused transport. The missing finger was located in his room under a recliner, and it was reportedly put on ice until someone could arrive to take the victim to the hospital.
Johnson was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. He was transported to CPD for processing and later the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.