Barrow County Sheriff’s Department officers arrived at a residence on Marcel Park, in response to a man threatening people with a garden hoe.
Upon arrival, officers were informed that a neighbor, Robert Dyer, was harassing a man in the driveway.
David Ellis claims that Dyer had walked up to his car and was brandishing the tool and threatening him with violence.
One of the complainant’s family members had even videotaped the incident with his cell phone.
When officers walked over to question Dyer, he explained that he grabbed the hoe in self defense because someone was making threats to him.
Dyer explained that someone was running through his property.
When asked if he had entered the neighbor’s yard Dyer explained he had not, even though officers told him the entire incident was on video.
During the interview with Dyer, officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, and that he was not speaking very well.
It was at this time Dyer was placed under arrest for criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
When officers began escorting Dyer to the patrol car he claimed the arresting officers was assaulting him and that “younger people just wanted to run the older people out of the neighborhood.”
Upon arrival at the detention center, Dyer was still irate and began accusing the entire staff of being “Communist” before being placed in a holding cell.