Man arrested for tying up, threatening wife

by Wes Mayer

A Newnan man suspected of binding and pointing a gun at his wife was arrested after Newnan Police officers met with the victim Sunday morning, according to police reports.

Around 9:45 a.m., Officer Doug Jones with the Newnan Police Department was dispatched to a home on the 300-block of Westhill Drive — the suspect of a domestic dispute was allegedly threatening to harm himself. According to Jones in an incident report, Officer Donna Barnett responded to the Publix grocery on Lower Fayetteville Road and met with the victim who had contacted 911.

Jones was able to meet with the suspect, Jerry Ray Hiser, 57, at the home, and Hiser said he had no intentions of hurting himself, the officer wrote in his report. While speaking with Hiser about the situation, Jones was able to locate and obtain a 9mm handgun, recently purchased by Hiser, which may have been used in the family violence dispute, the officer reported.

According to Jones, Sgt. Marcos Gonzalez arrived on scene soon after and arrested Hiser, charging him with family violence false imprisonment, reckless conduct and pointing a gun at another — Officer Barnett was able to get details of the dispute after speaking with the victim and notified Gonzalez.

During the night, Hiser and the victim began arguing about a planned divorce, according to the officer statements in the incident report. The argument escalated, and at one point, Hiser was reported to have used zip ties to bind the victim’s hands and feet to keep her from leaving the bedroom. He was charged with pointing a gun at the victim.

Hiser was transported to the Coweta County Jail.

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