Man Jailed for Reporting Fraudulent Domestic Incident

A local man is back behind bars after he allegedly harassed his former girlfriend and made up a story attempting to get her in trouble.

Tuesday night about 10:27 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Whitesville Street in reference to reports of a domestic disturbance.

Officers arrived and spoke to the complainant, Eric Calvin Bell, who stated that his girlfriend had damaged his clothing and threw a glass at him.

The complainant told police that he and his girlfriend had been doing laundry at a friend’s residence, when they got into an argument. He stated she became upset with him because he had been gone for three days and threw a water glass at him. He told police he was able to block the glass with his hand and it did not break, but it did cause a small cut.

Police did observe and document evidence of a small laceration on Bell’s right hand. Bell then told police that the female also cut up his clothes and shoes with a knife. When officers questioned him as to what he had done with the damage clothing, he claimed he threw them away. He then pointed police down Whitesville Street, but would not further describe where supposedly damaged items had been discarded. Bell also refused to give a value for the clothing or even where the incident occurred.

Due to the domestic nature of the incident, officers asked Bell about his relationship with the female and he stated that they live together and have 6-yearold child together. Bell even gave police a name and date of birth for the child, which was later determined to be fictional.

Despite his reluctance to provide police some information, officers advised Bell that his statements and the cut on his hand amounted to probable cause to charge the female with Battery – Family Violence Act and they would be obtaining a warrant for her arrest the next morning.

Later that night, about 1 a.m., police responded to Habersham Street in response to a disturbance involving a male was riding on the trunk of a moving vehicle.

Officers arrived in the area and found a Nissan Versa traveling down Habersham Street with Bell sitting on the trunk of the vehicle. Police then stopped the Nissan made Bell get off the vehicle.

Police then spoke with the occupants of the vehicle and the passenger was identified as the female who had allegedly been involved with Bell in the previous incident.

She stated that Bell would not leave her alone and that she and her sister, the driver, were just trying to get from him. She stated Bell had been knocking on the doors of their apartments and had been harassing them all night.

Officers then confronted the female with Bell’s previous claims and she told police that she has never lived with him and they don’t have a child together. She stated she did briefly date for a short period, but that was several years ago.

The female further insisted that she has never had a child with anyone, especially not Bell.

Police questioned the female about the cut on Bell’s hand and she suspects it happened when she was trying to get away from him, but insisted she never threw anything.

The sister then confirmed this story to police.

Officer then confronted Bell about the fictional child and he reportedly dropped his head and grinned. When advised that his false statements had almost caused a warrant to be issued for wrongful arrest, Bell continued to grin offering no excuse or remorse.

Bell was then checked for warrants and he was found to have a warrant for Probation Violation, so he was placed under arrest.

Bell was also issued Criminal Trespass Warnings for both of the females’ residences, banning him from the locations at their request. Bell then defiantly stated that he was going to return to the residences in the future, so officers advised him that if he did so, he would be arrested again.

As a result, Bell, age 27, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with False Report of a Crime, Clinging to a Vehicle, and Probation Violation.

Bell is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.