Man charged with aggravated assault on ex-girlfriend

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff

  A Carter County man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with aggravated assault after his ex-girlfriend reported to police that he attempted to smother her with a pillow.
  Columbus Hinson, Jr., 52, 2925 Chestnut Lane, Apt. 20, was arrested around 9 p.m. Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tim Lowe and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence and public intoxication.
  According to reports, shortly before 9 p.m. officers of the Carter County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a residence on Chestnut Lane in reference to a domestic altercation. "Upon my arrival I spoke to (the victim) who stated she was involved in a physical altercation with her ex-boyfriend, Columbus Hinson," states Lowe in his report.
  The victim told officers that Hinson was at the residence consuming alcohol and said that, when he has been drunk in the past, he becomes violent. It was Hinson's consumption of alcohol that lead to the altercation, the victim said.
  "(The victim) advised that Mr. Hinson had been drinking and she took his beer away from him and attempted to call her father," states Lowe in his report. "Mr. Hinson then grabbed (the victim) by the hair and pulled her into the bedroom and pushed her onto the bed and started to suffocate her with a pillow."
  The victim told police that after Hinson tried to suffocate her, he asked her if she was going to cooperate with him. She said that she nodded her head yes and started tapping him on the shoulder to alert him that she could not breathe.
  "Mr. Hinson let the victim up and she started to scream 'He's trying to kill me. Please someone help me,'" states Lowe in his report. "Mr. Hinson then grabbed (the victim) again and put the pillow back over her face suffocating her and beating her in the face. (The victim) advised at this point she could not breathe and nearly passed out."
  The victim reported that when Hinson saw that she was about to pass out, he removed the pillow from her face and let her up again. This time, however, the victim said Henson bit her on her hand, tearing the skin around one of her fingers, and also pulled off a ring she was wearing and took her car keys out of her hand.
  "(The victim) then got to the kitchen and called her father. Mr. Hinson grabbed the phone away from her and she ran for the front door. Mr. Hinson caught up with her again and tried to suffocate her. (The victim) was allowed to go out the door when she agreed to cooperate," states Lowe in his report, adding that once outside, the victim went to a neighbor's apartment and asked for her to telephone the police. "Mr. Hinson followed her outside and started hitting (the victim) in the presence of (the neighbor)."
  The victim was able to free herself from Hinson, who then left the scene on foot prior to the arrival of officers on the scene.
  Officers located Hinson a short time later. "Upon talking to Mr. Hinson he had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and stated he had been drinking," states Lowe in his report.
  Lowe took Hinson into custody and charged him with aggravated assault under domestic violence and public intoxication. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Oct. 5.