Parking problems lead to assault charges in Jacksboro

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By Charlotte Underwood

What began as a parking issue at a Jacksboro apartment complex ended with an arrest on Sept. 2. Calvin Jimmy Geddings, Jr., 41, of Eagle Bluff Rd, Jacksboro, was charged with aggravated assault.

On that night, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Eagle Bluff Road on the report of two males fighting, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

Upon arriving, Carroll found one man lying in the grass outside the apartment complex and Geddings was standing in front of his own apartment, the report said.

The victim told Carroll that prior to the incident, he had called the landlord of the apartment and complained about parking issues. His vehicle had been struck in the parking lot, he said. The victim told Carroll that his calling the landlord had apparently upset Geddings, because he had received a phone call from him right before the assault took place, the arrest report said.

Geddings then allegedly went over to the victim’s apartment to fight, despite the fact the victim said he did not wish to speak with him. The victim said that he went outside in an attempt to resolve the issue, at which point Geddings threw a beer bottle hitting him on the left foot, busting the bottle, according to the arrest report.

The victim then ran back into his apartment because he said he did not want to fight. Geddings allegedly barged through the door, grabbed him by the throat and pushed him into the kitchen. Geddings then began hitting the victim, dragging him back outside, hitting and punching him the entire time, according to the police report.

At some point, the victim was able to get back to his front door where he grabbed a golf club for self-defense. He allegedly never hit Geddings at any time and Geddings had no marks or signs of physical injury, the police report said.

The victim had scratches on his neck, scrapes on his knees and elbows, knots on his head and small cuts on his left foot. He was transported to St. Mary’s of LaFollette by ambulance for treatment, where it was also learned that he had a broken rib, according to Carroll’s report.

Geddings was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. He has been released on $5,000 bond and he had a court date set for Sept.8.