A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the Vaughn Spur residence at approximately 1 p.m. when he heard a female voice screaming for help. As he approached the residence, he saw the victim, whose arms were reportedly covered in blood. According to the incident report, the victim yelled for the deputy to “hurry up and help” his family.
Inside the deputy found the suspect, identified as Roger Howard Tatum III, yelling, “Quit [expletive] screaming like that,” according to the report, as he stood over his mother and a witness who was holding a child. The deputy drew his taser and told Tatum to walk away. The deputy then asked the witness to go carry the child to another room. When back up arrived, the deputies placed Tatum in handcuffs until the investigation was concluded.
When the deputy walked back inside, he found Tatum’s mother laying on the kitchen floor, crying and saying she was going to faint. An ambulance was then called to the scene.
The mother later said she and the victim went outside to see what Tatum and the witness were doing, and Tatum became angry. When the witness walked back into the garage and the victim would not allow Tatum back inside until he calmed down, Tatum allegedly pushed the victim and they fell to the ground. Once the victim got up, according to the incident report, Tatum put the victim in a choke hold and would not let go.
When the victim began turning blue, the mother said, she picked up an electric hedge trimmer and hit Tatum. When Tatum let go of the victim, he allegedly began to punch and kick him while the victim was on the ground.
The mother called 911, but as she was speaking with the operators Tatum allegedly grabbed the phone from her and threw it. The fighting and yelling reportedly continued until deputies arrived.
The witness said she was outside with Tatum and when the victim would not allow him back inside, as he was upset, Tatum “got into a wrestling match” with the victim. The witness said she was not injured, but the child was “extremely upset” because of the incident.
As the deputy spoke with the victim, he noted “numerous” places on his body and was beginning to bruise. The victim said he and his wife were trying to protect the witness and the child from abuse. The victim also said Tatum was “acting crazy and would not gain control of himself.”
Tatum was arrested and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act, simple battery (FVA), second-degree criminal damage to property (FVA) and third-degree cruelty to children.
Man in parking lot death identified
Authorities have identified the man found dead in a CVS parking lot.
Glen Hames, 25, of Dallas, was found not breathing in his cousin’s vehicle Sunday. He was declared dead at the scene by Bartow County Emergency Medical Services.