A Tellico Plains area man was arrested Jan. 7 after he allegedly pulled a gun while trying to get his child from his ex-girlfriend.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Foister said it was around 11:38 a.m. when he went to a home on Shields Branch Road on a call of a man with a gun.
When he arrived, Foister said he talked to a woman who said Jacob Starr, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child, had been at the house trying to get their daughter.
She told Foister after they separated Starr had moved around, including out of state, but was now back and living somewhere nearby. She said she has full rights to the child and when Starr showed up wanting the girl, she told him no and told him to leave.
She told Foister she did let Starr hug the child on the front porch, but then he refused to give her back, so she grabbed the child and put her inside the house. At that point, Starr allegedly asked her if she wanted him to kill her and pulled a gun out of his pants.
She told him she didn’t want him to kill her but did say Starr never actually pointed the gun at her or the child.
She told Foister she was scared for her life and the child began crying, so she tried shutting the door to the house, but Starr reportedly put his foot in the door and wouldn’t let her close it.
She said she managed to get the door shut and Starr left in a gold colored SUV. She told Foister Starr still had her address on his license and she wasn’t sure where he lived at, but she believed it was on the same road as her.
Foister said as he investigated the incident, the child came up to him and said her daddy had tried to take her from her mommy and she didn’t want to go.
Foister said Starr, 40, was located later that day and charged with two counts of aggravated assault by domestic violence.