A Kingsport man is behind bars in Hawkins County on a $100,000 bond for brutally beating his grandmother. The suspect, Scottie Salyer, 23, faces several charges.
According to a police report, the attack happened Friday night at a home located on Wallen Town Road in Church Hill, TN. Deputies found the victim at a neighbor’s house with scratches on both sides of her face, several lacerations inside her mouth, bruises on both hands and redness around the neck area.
The victim told deputies she arrived at her home to find her grandson, Salyer, sleeping on the couch. The victim says after she woke up the suspect he became irate. Since she did not have a phone, the victim tried to contact someone for help on her iPad. That’s when, the victim says, Salyer grabbed her device and threw it against pictures on the shelf. He also began pushing and punching his grandmother in her head.
During the attack, the victim was knocked to the ground several times and the Sayler struck his fingers in her mouth several times. At one point, according to the police report, Salyer put his hands over his grandmothers mouth and nose and allegedly told her, “If you do not shut up I will shut you up.” – as he placed his hands around her neck.
The victim says she may have been punched in the head about 30 times during her struggle to escape. When her mouth had a large amount of blood coming it that’s when Sayler stop and allowed his grandmother to leave.
Deputies found Saylor on Wallen Town Road with slurred speech, poor balance and a .22 caliber pistol in his front jacket pocket. He told officers he stole the weapon from his grandmother’s purse. In addition, Sayler had taken five Xanax pills from his grandmother’s purse. He stated to officers on the scene that he had recently taken four Xanax pills.
Saylor, of Kingsport, TN, is expected to appear in Hawkins County Court on Jan. 6. He faces charges of aggravated assault, theft of property under $500 and possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person.
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