Man Accused of Breaking Girlfriend’s Nose in Assault

October 12, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

A woman suffered a broken nose in an assault Saturday and her boyfriend has been charged with attacking her causing the injury.

25 year old Thomas Andrew Lawson of McMinnville is charged with aggravated assault and driving on a revoked or suspended license. His bond is $12,500 and he will be in court October 28.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on October 9 a deputy was dispatched to the area of Old Mill Hill Road due to a possible rolling domestic incident. He spotted a blue Ford Fusion and stopped to do a welfare check. When he approached the vehicle, the officer noticed a female passenger bleeding from her nose. The driver, Lawson admitted to hitting her several times. The woman was taken by DeKalb EMS to the emergency room of the hospital where she was treated for a broken nose. During the investigation the deputy learned that Lawson’s driver license was revoked.

54 year old Jeffery Lee Johnson of Pack Circle, Smithville is charged with public intoxication and resisting stop-frisk-halt-arrest or search. His bond is $6,000 and he will make a court appearance October 13.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 4 a deputy was dispatched to the area of Parkway Drive due to a possible prowler. The suspect reportedly harassed the complainant’s dog and peered through the window of a neighbor. The deputy located the suspect, Johnson, who matched the clothing description given by the complainant. Johnson had in his possession fake flowers and several rocks and he appeared to be talking to the flowers and rocks while sitting on the grass as the officer approached him. When asked how he was and what he was doing, Johnson responded but the officer could not understand him. As the deputy was talking with him, Johnson raised his fist while holding a sharp rock as if he wanted to assault the officer. Johnson resisted arrest and tried to flee on foot but he was subdued after the officer used his taser on him.

32 year old Christina Beth Murphy Graham of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution. Her bond is $5,000 and she will be in court October 13.
Sheriff Ray said that on October 5 a deputy arrested Graham on active warrants and during the arrest at her home before being taken to the jail she was asked several times if she had any contraband on her and she replied no. After arriving at the jail a female correctional officer again asked Graham if she had any contraband and she produced a small clear bag which held a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine that weighed 0.4 grams.

63 year old Jonathan Craig Henderson of Manchester is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court October 28.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 5 a deputy was called to Fiddlers’ Market on Highway 70 east due to complaints of an intoxicated man at the gas pumps. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the suspect, Henderson who appeared to be confused and his behavior was erratic. He was placed under arrest.

Chad Stephen Taylor of Cleveland Way, Smithville is charged with theft of property. He is under a $1,500 bond and will make a court appearance October 28. Sheriff Ray said that Taylor stole a wicker love seat from a residence on Lakeview Drive valued at $600. A detective investigated the theft and made the arrest.

51 year old Russell Albert Summit, Jr. is charged with a 3rd offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $5,500 and he will be in court October 28.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 8 a deputy was in the area of Sparta Highway when dispatch advised him of a possible drunk driver in a white van. The officer spotted the van and observed it swerving over the white line of the road. He pulled over the van and spoke with the driver, Summit whose speech was slurred. He admitted to having consumed vodka. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.