Chattanooga woman allegedly beaten, imprisoned and kept from calling 911; suspect arrested

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A call to a 911 dispatcher about a disorder leads Chattanooga police to a home where a woman claims to have been repeatedly assaulted, held against her will and denied the opportunity to call for help.

The reportedly happened over the weekend in the 2700 block of Glass Street.

According to police, officers were dispatched to an apartment to investigate a disorder. Upon arrival, officers say they heard a loud disorder and struggle inside the residence.

When officers entered the home, they found a 24-year old woman running toward them. She reportedly told police her boyfriend named Demetrius Clay, kept her from leaving the residence for two days.

According to the arrest affidavit, Clay repeatedly assaulted the woman during a two day period. The woman also told police that since February 10, Clay has assaulted her multiple times and even took her cell phone so she couldn’t call 911.

According to the alleged victim, every time she cried and screamed for help, Clay would cover her mouth so no one would hear her. The woman also told police that just as they arrived on scene, she was able to grab some keys and scratch Clay in the face before running to the officers.

Police did locate a scare on his face that was consistent with being  scratched with a key.

Clay was immediately arrested and charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls.

Court records show that Clay has a violent criminal history that dates all the way back to the mid-90’s.

His criminal rap sheet is nearly two pages long with multiple convictions for assault and stalking.

His next court date is February 19.

Categories: Chattanooga, Crime, Local News

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