By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Two men, including an Atmore man who was arrested for at least the fourth time on similar charges, found themselves under felony arrest recently after city police responded to separate domestic incidents.
The first incident took place May 24, and the offender was well known to local authorities.
Atmore Police Department reports show that officers were sent to a local residence, where the woman living there told them a relative of hers, 32-year-old Tacorey Deantonio Bowens “had been threatening her and she was afraid he may hurt someone else.”
The woman produced several of the threatening messages Bowens, who police said has “a history of domestic violence,” had been sending to her throughout the day, including that he would “put the victim in a casket.”
While police were still at the scene, they learned that the suspect was at a residence just a short distance away, and Bowens was quietly placed under arrest.
He was charged with third-degree domestic violence (harassment), normally a Class A misdemeanor. However, since Bowens already has three or more prior convictions for domestic violence, Alabama Criminal Code allows for enhancement of the charge to a Class C felony.
Bowens remained in the Escambia County Detention Center late Monday, June 6.
The second incident actually occurred in March, but an arrest wasn’t made until June 1.
Reports show that officers were dispatched around 4:20 p.m. on March 17 to the McDonald’s on North Highway 21 in response to a domestic violence report.
The suspect, 29-year-old Christopher Jamar QMartin of Monroeville, reportedly assaulted his girlfriend in the parking lot of the fast-food establishment. The victim’s sister tried to intervene but was also assaulted by Martin.
According to police reports, the ex-girlfriend got into her car to leave, but Martin yanked the door open and began assaulting her again. She was eventually able to drive away, and Martin reportedly began assaulting her sister again before leaving McDonald’s.
Both victims were taken by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital, where they were reportedly treated and released. While the women were at the hospital, Martin called his ex-girlfriend several times, threatening to assault her and her sister again.
An APD investigator signed warrants against Martin on one count each of second-degree domestic violence (stalking), third-degree domestic violence (assault) and third-degree domestic violence (menacing).
The second-degree charge is a Class B felony. The others are Class A misdemeanors.
Martin remained in the Escambia County Detention Center late Monday, June 6.