Man Charged with Assault, Cruelty to Children, After Domestic Fight

Duran Jabbar Elder allegedly slammed woman's and minor son's heads against a dresser.

An Athens man is in the Athens-Clarke County jail with a long list of charges, including four counts of cruelty to children, stemming from an early morning domestic incident Wednesday March 5.

Duran Jabbar Elder, 30, of Howell Way in Athens, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, terroristic threats/acts, simple battery, battery, cruelty to children, kidnapping, obstruction, false imprisonment, criminal trespass/property damage and obstruction of 911 call.

Elder was involved in a fight with a woman at a Howell Way apartment, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report, that escalated and involved her children, ages 10 and 11, and a neighbor’s apartment. He is accused of slamming the woman’s head “into a dresser numerous times,” and doing the same to the 10-year-old, according to police.

Here is the media release from ACC police (names of victims have been edited out):


Officers responded to a fight in progress involving a male and female on Howell Way around 0430 March 5.


Upon arrival, officers made contact with Duran Jabbar Elder and he was detained. Another officer made contact with [woman victim] inside an apartment. Investigation revealed Elder and [woman victim] had an argument earlier and Elder left.


He returned later and forced his way into the residence. He grabbed [woman victim] by her hair and slammed her head into a dresser numerous times. [She] told her children, ages 10 and 11, to hide in the bathroom.


As the 11-year old tried to call police on a cell phone, Elder took the phone and threw it in the toilet. Elder then pulled [woman victim] and the 10-year old by the hair and banged their heads into the dresser.


He struck [woman victim] in the face several times and told the children to go to their room. When he went to their room, [the woman] fled to a neighbor’s apartment and told her to call police.


Elder followed and broke down that door. He grabbed [woman victim] by the hair and forced her into her vehicle. She was able to get out and run away.

EMS responded and transported [her] to Athens Regional Medical Center. The children did not require medical treatment.


Elder, 30, Howell Way, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault/Dangerous Weapon, Burglary, Terroristic Threats/Acts, Simple Battery, Battery, four counts Cruelty to Children, Kidnapping, Obstructing/Hindering LEO, False Imprisonment, two counts Criminal Trespass/Property Damage, and two counts Obstruction 911 Call.


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