According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, when the deputy arrived at the Groovers Landing Road residence the victim approached him. The deputy noted the victim had a swollen, bleeding lip and she appeared to be upset. The victim said William Phillips came to her home, stumbling and slurring, and called her a snitch. After the victim opened her front door, Phillips allegedly punched the victim in the mouth. The victim said Phillips was still in the area, attempting to flee.
The deputy went to the back of the mobile home park, where he saw a man matching Phillips’ description trying to climb a gravel area and reach a railroad track. Phillips reportedly had dried blood on his nose and appeared to have trouble walking as he stumbled and fell a number of times.
The deputy told Phillips to stop and show his hands, but was ignored.
When the deputy caught up with Phillips at the top of the railroad tracks, the suspect allegedly picked up a large rock and turned toward the deputy. The deputy then took Phillips to the ground and placed him in handcuffs.
Phillips was placed in a patrol vehicle and a database search found he had an active warrant for parole violation. Emergency medical services were called to the scene to determine if Phillips had any injuries.
The victim and three witnesses approached the deputy. One of the witnesses said she was standing in her front yard holding a child when Phillips walked toward her home, stumbling and staggering. The witness said Phillips thought she was the victim, as he began to curse at her and call her a snitch. Phillips allegedly swung at the witness, but she moved out of the way. The witness gave her child to another witness at the scene and Phillips allegedly tried to punch her again.
When Phillips realized the witness was not the victim, he apologized and went to the victim’s home to find her. The witness said Phillips punched the victim and left the area. The other two witnesses had similar accounts.
Although the deputy attempted to question Phillips, he was unsuccessful as Phillips continuously cursed and slurred his words. He reportedly could not stand without assistance.
Phillips was arrested and charged with battery, two counts of simple assault, obstruction of an officer and disorderly conduct. He was later transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.