A Rossville man is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on $5,000 bond after he allegedly assaulted police after officers were called to a home on a domestic complaint.
Seth J. Lankford, 33, of a National Boulevard address, was charged with Domestic Assault, Resisting Arrest and Assault on Police. He is due to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on March 5 to account for his actions.
According to an affidavit of complaint, police were called to 6918 Glen Errol Way at 9 a.m. on Jan. 11. When police arrived they saw a male identified later as Lankford standing at the driver’s door of a vehicle parked in the driveway. Police moved Lankford away from the vehicle and checked him for weapons.
The report states that officers spoke with the woman in the car, Lankford’s wife. The woman told police that she was alright and that she and Lankford had been involved in a verbal argument because she wanted him to get out of the car so she could go to work. The report states that the woman told police that Lankford did not strike her but grabbed her by the jacket not wanting her to drive away.
The report states that Lankford denied any part of the incident having been physical. Police noted that Lankford had a cut on his little finger that was actively bleeding. Lankford told police that he was trying to stop his wife from leaving in order to finish their conversation before she went to work.
The report states that police spoke with a witness who made the initial call to police. The woman told officers that she heard a loud disorder outside her house. She looked out the window and saw a white male punch a woman inside the vehicle twice in the face. She also said that the male grabbed the woman by the neck keeping her inside the vehicle. The report states that officers saw red marks and puffiness below Lankford’s wife’s left eye.
According to the report, police commanded Lankford to place his hands on the rear of the patrol car, at which point he resisted. He was given numerous commands to stop resisting. When an officer attempted to gain control of Lankford, Lankford put the officer into a headlock. After a brief struggle with Lankford involving additional officers, he was subdued, cuffed and taken into custody.
_ 3402 Frawley Rd.: Police were called to the address on Sunday afternoon regarding a domestic assault. According to an affidavit of complaint, officers spoke with Juan Wade who told them that he was involved in an altercation with his juvenile step-daughter over a discipline issue. Wade said that he asked the girl to wear house shoes inside of the house. Wade said the girl started laughing at him and being disrespectful. The report states that Wade told police that he used a belt to discipline the girl. Wade said that that the girl, along with two other step-children then left the scene.
The report states that while police were at the address the step-children, accompanied by their mother, returned. The three juveniles provided statements to police saying that Wade had assaulted the eldest daughter with a belt, striking her in several parts of her body, including her face and back. The report notes that the girl had welts and marks consistent with her and her siblings’ statements.
The statements of the step-children also detailed that during the altercation the brother of the victim attempted to jump into the fray and was struck several times in the face with a closed fist by Wade. The boy, the report states, had redness and swelling to his right eye and cheek. When the boy jumped into the altercation, both of the juveniles were thrown to the floor, according to the report.
When the three siblings tried to leave the residence, they claimed that Wade grabbed the youngest child and tried to stop her from leaving. The report states that the oldest of the siblings pulled her sister away from Wade and they left the residence. Once they got out of the house they called their mother who in turn called for police.
Wade, 39, was charged with three counts of Domestic Assault. He is currently in the county jail being held on a $2,500 bond. He is due to appear in municipal court on March 26.