Man arrested two years later on charges he beat Jackson County woman

Ronnie Billings

Two years after a Jackson County woman was beaten by a Texan inside her home while her young child watched, the suspect has been returned to face criminal charges, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Ronnie Billings, 49, is charged with aggravated assault, simple battery, cruelty to children, trespassing and obstructing a person making an emergency call. He remained on Friday in the Jackson County Jail with bond set at $34,000.

The sheriff’s office learned recently that Billings was arrested on the outstanding charges in Mobile, Ala. A deputy transferred him back to the county jail on Sept. 22, Jackson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Smith said.

Billings was living in a trailer park on Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile, but authorities said when the woman was beaten at her home on Commerce Road, Athens, he had been living in Texas.

The woman, who was 32 at the time, reported Billings had moved into her home two weeks earlier after moving here from Texas, according to the report.

On the morning of Sept. 27, 2015, deputies said Billings woke the woman shortly before 8 a.m. and soon afterward, he attacked the woman “for no apparent reason.”

The suspect punched her in face, breaking her glasses, then choked her before slamming her head on the floor. When she grabbed her phone to call 911, deputies said Billings knocked the phone out of her hand.

The victim told the deputy her juvenile son was watching and Billings pushed him. When the deputy arrived, the woman was already on a stretcher for transport to a hospital in Athens, according to the report.

The deputy documented the victim’s numerous injuries, according to the report.

Billings left the area in a Mercury Sable car with a Texas license plate, and his whereabouts were unknown until he surfaced in Alabama.

 

More