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Cops: Man charged after punching, repeatedly smashing woman's head onto dresser

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A 30-year-old Athens man allegedly punched and slammed a woman’s head onto a dresser numerous times even as one of her two young children tried to call for help.

Mr. Duran Jabbar Elder, of Howell Way, was eventually arrested on numerous charges that include aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and four counts of cruelty to children, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

Investigators said the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on Howell Way after Mr. Elder got into an argument with Ms. Tiffany Lavaett Nash.

Mr. Elder left, but then he returned later and forced his way into the residence, police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said in a news release Wednesday.

“He grabbed Nash by her hair and slammed her head into a dresser numerous times,” Ms. Sorrow said. “Nash told her children, ages 10 and 11, to hide in the bathroom.”

The 11-year old tried to call police on a cell phone, but police said Mr. Elder took the phone and threw it in the toilet.

“Elder then pulled Nash and the 10-year old by the hair and banged their heads into the dresser,” Ms. Sorrow said. “He struck Nash in the face several times and told the children to go to their room.”

When he went to their room, Ms. Nash fled to a neighbor’s apartment and told her to call police.

“Elder followed and broke down that door,” Ms. Sorrow said. “He grabbed Nash by the hair and forced her into her vehicle. She was able to get out and run away.”

EMS was called to the scene and transported Ms. Nash to Athens Regional Medical Center. Her condition was unknown Wednesday. The children did not require medical treatment, she said.

Police have not released the relationship between the man and woman, but said they shared the same address.

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