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Man attacks woman with pool cue
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The sheriff’s department arrested a 27-year-old Smithville man after he allegedly beat a female family member with a pool stick, and then drove her to a creek and held her head under the water.Robert Justin Luna, 27, was charged with aggravated assault on Oct. 4, when he was transported here from White County, where he had been incarcerated on other charges, for a court date on yet another charge. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, the assault occurred on Aug. 29, when Luna attacked a family member with a pool stick at his residence on Joe Turner Road.Luna then reportedly forced the woman into a vehicle and drove to a creek on Barnes Mill Road.The sheriff said Luna then held the woman's head under water, kicked her, hit her in the chest and face, and strangled her until she lost consciousness.He eventually forced her back into the vehicle and forced her to lie back while he drove away from the scene.Ray said the crime was discovered when Luna’s vehicle ran out of gas, and a passerby found the woman and took her to the emergency room.She is said to have suffered black eyes, a busted nose, as well as red marks on her chest and neck and contusions on her arms, hands, and legs.Luna’s bond has been set at $12,500 and his court date is Oct. 11.Meanwhile, Robert Roy (Bobby) Atnip, Jr., 42, was charged with domestic assault on Oct. 2.Atnip allegedly assaulted a family member at his residence on Allen Ferry Road.The sheriff said Atnip hit the victim in the face with his hand, causing her mouth to bleed.The woman required treatment at the emergency room of the hospital.Atnip’s bond is $5,000, and he will appear in court on Oct. 11.Ross Matthew Peterson, 23, has been charged with theft of property over $1,000. Ray said that Peterson took a gold slide bracelet, a gold locket, and a checkbook from a residence on Midway Road on Sept. 18.The value of the stolen items, which have been recovered, totaled more than $1,000.The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.Peterson’s bond is $5,000, and he will appear in court on Oct. 25.William Jeffery Hale of Liberty was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on Oct. 6.According to the sheriff, a deputy stopped at Hale’s Cedar Street home in Liberty to do a knock and talk.When the deputy asked if he had any guns, Hale allegedly told him that he had a 30:30 rifle with six rounds and a 12-gauge shotgun with one shell.Hale is reportedly a convicted felon, and is not allowed to possess the weapons.His bond is $1,500 and he will appear in court on Oct. 11.Rodney Hugo Gora, 39, was charged with theft of property under $500 on Oct. 5.Ray said that Gora took a chainsaw valued at less than $500 from property on Parsley Lane.The chainsaw was reportedly returned to the owner before the investigating deputy arrived at the scene.Gora’s bond is set at $1,500 and he will be in court on Nov. 1.Keith Hall Hamilton, 39, of Mount Juliet was charged with driving under the influence on Oct. 5.