Man charged with false imprisonment and battery

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

managing editor 

A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with false imprisonment, simple battery and three counts of obstruction against law enforcement officers after he allegedly attacked a woman for more than a day including keeping her confined in her bedroom.

Nathan Christopher  Martin, of Grayson, was arrested outside a Sandy Creek Road residence at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8 after officers were called to the residence on allegations that he had struck a woman the left side of her head and then allegedly held the woman down and choked her and would not let her leave the room.

The woman also alleged that the night before while the woman and Martin were in a fast food drive-through line in Gwinnett County, Martin began to argue with the woman and reached from the passenger side of the vehicle, the woman said, and choked her. The woman said she lost consciousness and her foot slipped off the brake pedal. The vehicle, she said, rolled into a vehicle in  front of them and Gwinnett County Police were called to the scene. 

The woman said the next morning, Martin allegedly attacked her again and, among other allegations, held his hand over her mouth and nose when she tried to leave the room. A relative of the woman heard the woman struggling and attempted to enter the locked room and threatened to call authorities. 

The relative ordered Martin out of the house, reports state, and he left on foot. 

At 2 p.m. that day, authorities were called and informed that Martin had returned to the Sandy Creek Road residence. A deputy allegedly observed Martin attempting to get into the house and then a car in the yard before he fled around the house. 

The deputy located Martin hiding in the back seat of a Toyota 4Runner in the backyard. 

A relative told officers that when they observed Martin approaching the house, they refused him entry. Deputies called EMTs to the scene after the complainant complained of having a panic attack. 

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