A 48-year-old Milledgeville woman was arrested early Wednesday following an incident that injured an elderly man, local authorities say.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Towe identified the woman as Cassandra Renee Williams, of an address on Torrance Road, according to an incident report.
Williams was charged with one count of battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, records show.
After her arrest, Williams was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center where she was jailed.
The 80-year-old victim was on a date with the suspect’s friend. The incident took place at an apartment on the 100 block of Edwards Street between 12:21 a.m. and 1:17 a.m.
A woman made a 911 call from the Edwards Street address requesting assistance from the sheriff’s office for an unknown reason, Towe said in his report. The call to 911 ended without the caller providing an address or a reason for the call.
Towe said when he arrived at the apartment he found the door was open and three people were inside yelling.
The deputy said he was able to stop the parties from arguing and then talked with Williams outside about what had happened.
Towe said while talking with Williams, he smelled the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from her breath and person. The deputy also said in the report that Williams’ speech was slurred. The woman also had a difficult time staying on topic when attempting to talk with the deputy.
Williams said her friend was lonely and that she offered to set her up on a date with the victim.
“Williams stated that she brought them tilapia (fish) and beer to make the night special for them,” Towe said in his report.
The deputy said Williams told him that she left for a while to give her friend and the man time alone.
Towe said when Williams returned she claimed that Jackson became upset with her and attacked her for no reason.
Williams said she was hit in the back of the neck, but the deputy said he saw no visible injuries.
Towe said he later talked with the victim and his date and that their versions of what happened matched up.
Jackson said Williams became upset because the man had decided to spend the night as opposed to driving home while intoxicated, according to the incident report. He disputed that he had attacked Williams, but that Williams had attacked him.
Towe said he saw “fresh, bleeding scratches” on both of the man’s arms, as well as his face.
“[He] stated multiple times that he wished to press charges,” Towe said.
A short time later, Williams was taken into custody on a battery charge.
On the short ride to the county jail, Towe said Williams carried with her a duffle bag. At the jail, the duffle bag was searched for possible contraband.
Towe said inside the duffle bag, he found a black purse and an unloaded Smith & Wesson .32-caliber revolver. The deputy said the serial number on the handgun had been removed.
The deputy said when a criminal history was pulled on Williams, it revealed that she was a convicted felon and could not be in the possession of a firearm or any other weapon.
Towe said a Milledgeville police officer later notified him that police had a report of a stolen handgun that matched the description of the handgun found in Williams’ purse, including the color, make and caliber.