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Report: Suspect confronted during burglary
Multiple charges stem from Saturday morning encounter
William Darrell Baker

A man caught stealing an air conditioner and other items was charged with aggravated assault after he pulled a screwdriver on a witness and the homeowner, but from his Bulloch County Jail mug shot, it appears the victims also threw a few punches.

William Darrell Baker, 48, Live Oak Loop, Ellabell, is charged with aggravated assault, burglary, felony theft by taking, public intoxication, criminal trespass and possession of the tools for the commission of a crime, said Capt. Todd Hutchens, Bulloch County Sheriff's chief investigator.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday, a witness spotted Baker with a truck backed up to an Olney Station Drive home. The witness called the man who lives at the location, and then confronted Baker. When the tenant arrived, both confronted Baker, who had an air conditioner already removed from the home and loaded into his vehicle, Hutchens said.

Baker pulled a screwdriver and attacked the men, who both fought back. From jail photos, it appears Baker sustained several scratches and bruises from the fight. The two victims were able to take the screwdriver from Baker and held him down until law enforcement arrived, he said.

Bulloch County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Kearney and Deputy Ross Newman arrived at the scene, spoke to all parties involved and reviewed evidence, including the air conditioner as well as several tools in Baker's truck.

The aggravated assault charge stems from his attack with the screwdriver. Hutchens said Baker was also intoxicated at the time.

The witness and tenant were not charged.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reahed at 912-489-9414.


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