WILLIAMSON – A Williamson man faces felony charges related to malicious wounding after allegedly striking a female victim unconscious leaving her with injuries which will require reconstructive surgery to correct.
Jeremiah Jackson, 37 from Williamson, was arrested Wednesday, October 5 by Lt. Dotson and Ptlm. Daniels with the Williamson Police Department.
According to a criminal complaint, Jackson caused bodily injury with the intent to maim, disfigure and disable the victim, Brittany Smith. The victim told law enforcement officers that Jackson knocked on her residence door at the Williamson Terrace Apartment Building. Smith stated that Jackson told her to come out of the residence and fight. The incident allegedly occurred over an argument that Smith had engaged in with Maranda Bazor the previous day.
The complaint states that Smith told officers that when Jackson appeared at her residence, she stepped out of the front door and told both Bazor and Jackson that “this has gone too far.” Jackson allegedly had two cell phones which he gave to Bazor to record the incident. Smith explained to officers that Jackson then walked up to her and began punching her in the face, knocking her unconscious from the blows.
When Smith regained consciousness, she then allegedly ran inside and locked the door. The complaint states that due to the injuries sustained during the incident, Smith’s face was left disfigured and will require surgery along with false teeth and many medical procedures.
Maranda Bazor was also arrested in relation to the incident on a misdemeanor charge related to obstructing an officer; making false statements to an officer.
Bazor was arrested Monday, October 9 by Lt. Dotson and Ptlm. Daniels. According to a criminal complaint, officers began the investigation on an assault call at Williamson Terrace which had occurred on Wednesday October 5.
The complaint states that officers were told by the victim, Brittany Smith that she had been punched in the face by suspect Jeremiah Jackson. Bazor provided officers with a hand written statement which indicated that she did not see the altercation and had went inside to attend to her crying child during the time the incident occurred. Bazor’s statement indicated that when she returned outside Smith’s face was bleeding.
Further investigation into the incident through the victim’s statement and Facebook messages revealed that Bazor had provided officers with false information concerning the incident.
The complaint states that Bazor was present when Smith was assaulted by Jackson and had recorded the incident on two different cell phones. Bazor also allegedly sent threatening messages to the victim’s sister following the incident. The messages sent to the victim’s sister also allegedly revealed that Jeremiah did hit the victim, Brittany Smith and that Bazor had recorded it, “because Jeremiah wanted her to.”
The complaint states that Bazor’s arrest was made based on officer investigation, statements and several messages from Bazor.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and if proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)