Convicted felon faces weapon, drug, assault charges

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Thomasville police charged a convicted felon with discharging firearms inside the city limits.
According to a press release, officers on April 17 responded to the 800 block of Mary James Avenue after receiving multiple calls reporting gunshots fired. According to police, while officers spoke with witnesses, multiple shots were heard coming from a nearby residence.
Police said the half dozen shots came from 818 Mary James Ave., where they found behind the home shell casings for three different weapons.
Police said, Jeffrey Emil Tillman, 40, of the same address, admitted to shooting the guns. Officers searched the home and located a Bushmaster .223 rifle, a Para Ordinance .45 caliber handgun, a Sar Arms 9 mm handgun and five grams of marijuana.
“[Tillman] was a convicted felon in 2001 for second degree attempted rape,” Sgt. Brad Saintsing said. “He can not lawfully possess any firearms.”
Tillman was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm inside the city limits and possession of marijuana. He was issued a $25,000 secured bond and scheduled to appear in court on May 28.
Thomasville police on April 19 at 1:58 a.m. responded to an assault call at 814 Mary James Ave. Police said the victim, Tillman's wife, told officers that she posted bond for her husband. After the couple got home an argument about the incident two nights prior ensued. According to the press release, the victim said that Tillman punched her in the face with a closed fist. She fled the home and went to her sister's house to call police.
“When they got home he began to argue about the events that led to his initial arrest,” said Saintsing. “He subsequently punched his wife in the face with a closed fist and grabbed her by the arm causing some scratches.
Officers arrested Tillman at his home and charged him with domestic assault. He was taken before a magistrate, issued no bond and held for 48 hours for the domestic-related assault. Tillman again appeared before the magistrate after 48 hours and was issued a $1,000 secured bond.
“In the release order for the domestic assault he was ordered not to be around the victim,” Saintsing said.
He is scheduled to appear in court for the assault charge on May 14.

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