A 37-year-old man remained in jail Friday without bond after police said he threatened and beat his grandmother for not having cigarettes, then refused to let her get help.
Gwinnett County police charged Mr. Roger Dean with false imprisonment, high and aggravated battery because of the victim’s age and obstruction of a 911 call, according to a police report.
The 87-year-old woman had a busted lip and bruises on both her arms and hands when she told Gwinnett County police what happened and how she escaped from her Buford home on June 10, the report said.
The woman said the grandson she had raised, moved into her home on Gravel Springs Road with his girlfriend without her permission.
Ms. Brownlee said she left her home on June 7 to calm her nerves and to get away from her grandson who was “running his mouth.”
When she returned that night, she said Mr. Dean pulled her by the hair and yelled at her about being gone all day.
“Ms. Brownlee then stated that Mr. Dean was yelling about not having any cigarettes, which Ms. Brownlee usually furnishes,” according to the report.
Later, when she tried to stop her grandson and his girlfriend from moving items into her home from a nearby townhouse, she said he threatened her.
“If you call the police, I will fix you the way you have never been fixed before.”
She said he then took her hand, which had been broken three times before, and twisted it behind her back.
Ms. Brownlee retreated to her bedroom for the rest of the night.
On June 9, when a carload of people pulled up to visit Mr. Dean, Ms. Brownlee told them it was her home and they weren’t welcome.
She said Mr. Dean yelled at her and when she went inside to call the police, he grabbed the phone, ripping out the wires.
The 87-year-old woman said locked herself in the bathroom for the rest of the day.
Early Friday morning, while her grandson was sleeping, Ms. Brownlee snuck out of her home and went to get help.
Mr. Dean told police he did not injure his grandmother, saying that she falls a lot.
Mr. Dean has an extensive criminal history, which includes four prior sentences in state prison, and was on probation at the time of his arrest, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
While a Gwinnett County prisoner in 2006, Mr. Dean escaped from work detail by stealing a City of Lilburn truck after an employee left the keys inside, the paper said. Mr. Dean later stole another vehicle from Snellville before being captured about 15 hours later, the paper said.