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A 23-year-old man was arrested on criminal charges late Monday night stemming from an apparent domestic dispute that later turned into a physical altercation that injured a young woman from Dacula, local authorities say.

The suspect was identified as Borris Velimirovich, of N.E. Lakecrest Drive, Milledgeville, according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Holcomb.

Velimirovich was charged with one count of battery under the Georgia Family Violence Act, false imprisonment, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and interference with a call for emergency help, records show.

After the suspect was arrested, he was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.

Holcomb said he received a radio call from a dispatcher in reference to a 911 emergency hangup call. The dispatcher told the deputy that they had no contact with anyone when they called back.

While Holcomb was en route to the residence at Lakecrest Drive, a dispatcher told the deputy that another phone call had come in to the 911center from the same residence. A woman on the phone was asking for help in reference to a domestic dispute. A man’s voice reportedly could be heard in the background of the call saying everything was OK, according to the incident report.

Before any further information could be ascertained from the caller, the call was disconnected, the dispatcher said.

Holcomb said in his report that when he arrived at the residence he knocked repeatedly on the front door and announced his presence to anyone who could hear him. The deputy said he heard voices inside the home, but did not see any movement inside and was unable to get anyone to come to the door.

The deputy said he then did a perimeter check in an attempt to see if he could see anyone inside the residence.

In the backyard below a deck, Holcomb said he saw where an area that had been disturbed. At a patio door, the deputy again knocked and announced himself, but he said no one responded to the door.

The deputy said he saw multiple vehicles parked in the garage and in the driveway of the residence.

Deputy Reid White later arrived and assisted Holcomb.

When White saw the the patio area, he reached the conclusion that a struggle had taken place.

The two deputies later heard what appeared to be the voice of a woman who sounded “extremely distressed,” Holcomb said in his report.

They believed the voice was coming from the lower level windows of the residence. Deputies were unable to make out exactly what the woman was saying at the time.

“I knocked on the windows several times, but received no response,” Holcomb said in his report.

About 20 minutes later, Holcomb discovered an unlocked door on the upper level of the patio.

“Due to the nature of the call, as well as hearing a distressed female, myself and Deputy White entered the residence to render aid to anyone inside needing assistance,” Holcomb said.

The deputies later went to a room where they believed they earlier had heard the female voice.

After the lawmen announced themselves as deputies, a man replied.

The man was told several times to come to the door, but he refused, Holcomb said. The man reportedly asked deputies several questions related to why they were inside the residence.

White later explained to the man why deputies were there.

The man said he would send the distressed female out, but that didn’t happen, according to the incident report.

Deputies then ordered everyone out of the room. A man and woman later emerged from the room. Both of them were detained for the safety of the deputies and until the investigation could determine what had taken place.

At the time, deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana, though none of the illegal drug was ever found.

Holcomb said he talked with the 22-year-old victim in the case, while White talked with the suspect.

Holcomb noted that the woman’s knees on both of her legs had been scrapped up and her nose was bleeding. The right sleeve of the shirt that the woman was wearing also had been torn.

The deputy described the woman as being extremely upset.

When the deputy asked her what had happened, the victim said a physical altercation between her and the suspect happened because she wanted him to stop smoking marijuana. The victim said she threw away approximately $40 worth of marijuana, which caused the suspect to become enraged.

The woman said the suspect grabbed her by the shoulder in the kitchen and repeatedly pushed her to the floor, which caused her to hit her head at least three times, according to the report. The woman said she was able to get free and run outside where she attempted to call authorities for help. She said the suspect struck her in the face with an open fist, repeatedly, which caused her nose to bleed.

The woman said she attempted to call 911 and was successful for a brief period of time, until the man took the phone from her and the call for help ended.

The suspect reportedly told White that he and the woman got into a verbal argument about a cooler, but that nothing else happened. He claimed the woman’s nose began bleeding on its own.

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