Accused Batterer Follows Victim to Her Job

Oneida, TN (2018-10-22) A Helenwood man that allegedly went to his estranged girlfriend’s place of employment after he allegedly accosted her in the parking lot of an Oneida business has been jailed on domestic violence, drug and alcohol charges.

Richard B. Owens, 51, of Helenwood was booked into the Scott County Jail last week after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend in front of her place of employment, and then later returned to the store to confront her.  According to an arrest warrant written by K-9 Officer Toby Jeffers of the Oneida Police Department, Owens allegedly hit his girlfriend in the jaw with his fist, and then smacked her in the face following a verbal argument in the parking lot of Goody’s in Oneida.  Authorities say that Owens had allegedly physically, mentally, and emotionally abused the victim over the course of their four-year relationship.

The pair allegedly got into an argument over money, which Owens reportedly took from the victim’s purse.  The victim stated she told Owens she was no longer in love with him and didn’t want him around.  That’s when he allegedly became violent and struck her.

Authorities reportedly weren’t immediately notified of the initial incident, but later were called to the victim’s place of employment about 20 minutes later when Owens allegedly went inside looking for her.  When officers arrived, Owens was reportedly coming out of the store.  When confronted by authorities, Owens denied the allegations; however, he reportedly did admit to having marijuana in his car.  When officers opened the door, they reportedly found more than just weed.  Authorities say that Owens had two open cans of beer in the center console.

Owens was charged with domestic assault, simple possession of marijuana, and violation of the open container law.