A Waycross woman entered the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System Thursday morning asking for treatment and when she filled out paperwork, she wrote “HELP ME,” a plea that resulted in the arrest of a Waycross man on aggravated assault charges, said Waycross Police Lt. Scott Rowell.
Tavares Williams, 29, of 301 Garlington Ave., who had accompanied the woman to the ER, was arrested by police at a Garlington apartment.
Williams is charged with aggravated assault, family violence, Rowell said.
Investigators arriving at the ER after personnel there told Williams to leave interviewed the victim. She reported that an incident of violence had occurred just minutes earlier, leaving her with multiple injuries, said Rowell.
About 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the victim arrived at the emergency room complaining with abdominal and back pain and “acting scared,” said Rowell.
She told police that the man had been beating her for years and she had left him. While staying at the apartment of a friend, Williams went looking for her and convinced her to return home with him, Rowell said.
After they arrived there, Williams demanded to see her cell phone so he could determine who she had been in conversation with and tried to take her purse. Rowell said Williams began choking her around the neck with his arms and wrapped his legs around her, threatening to kill her.
“She said she began to fight back and scratched him, at which time he dragged her by the neck to a bathroom, threw her against the toilet, breaking the toilet seat,” said Rowell. “He wouldn’t allow her to call for help but she complained so much he finally took her to the hospital. After the nurse asked him to leave, he returned to the Garlington Avenue apartment where police took him into custody.”
Rowell was not sure if the 23-year-old victim remained at the hospital or was released. Williams was being held in the Ware County jail.