Blount County deputies arrested a Florida man Friday morning after he allegedly beat a Louisville woman and her dog before fleeing in the woman’s vehicle with two handguns inside.
Dacorius Jayon Law, 24, Tampa, Fla., was arrested on two counts of aggravated domestic assault and a count each of aggravated animal cruelty, theft of a vehicle, aggravated kidnapping and violating an order of protection.
Law was being held on bonds totaling $550,000 pending a 9 a.m. Dec. 27 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Deputies were called to a business on Hawks Landing in Louisville at around 9:40 a.m. Friday after a 22-year-old Louisville woman reported her boyfriend, Law, had attacked her, according to a Blount County Sheriff’s Office report.
The woman told authorities Law beat her dog before turning his attack on her. Law allegedly punched and choked her, hit her with a board and fled in her vehicle with two handguns inside.
Deputies said they were able to locate the vehicle nearby after tracking the woman’s cellphone, which was also in the vehicle. Deputies stopped the vehicle and reported that Law gave himself up after initially failing to follow commands to show his hands and step out of the vehicle.
Deputies reported finding two 9 mm handguns inside the vehicle within Law’s reach. One gun was loaded, according to the report.
The woman’s dog was located inside her apartment and appeared to be seriously injured, the report said. Blount County Animal Control officers took the dog to an area veterinary clinic, where the vet said the dog had a deviated nose and several broken broken teeth resulting from blunt force trauma.
The vet also reported the dog had severe injuries to both inner ears and blood in its abdomen.
The Louisville woman said she had dated Law for several months but he left her residence after he became violent, police were called, and she obtained an order of protection, according to the report. She told deputies she recently allowed him back inside, however he was supposed to be returning to Florida to pursue his football career.
While he was being transported to the Blount County Jail, Law denied assaulting the woman, “making it very clear (his) football career was on the forefront of his mind,” the report said. Law did admit to disciplining the dog after it defecated in the house, deputies said.