Man wanted in assault in Sandy Springs captured in Newton County

COVINGTON — A man wanted in connection with the assault of his estranged wife in Sandy Springs was arrested at his ex-wife’s house in Newton County. He now faces numerous charges including aggravated assault with intent to kill and criminal intent to commit arson.

The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. on Nov. 13. Sandy Springs police responded to an apartment complex on Grayfield Lane in reference to an assault.

The victim said she was sleeping in her bed when she was assaulted by her estranged husband, identified as Mitchell Jerome Lott, 57, of Sandy Springs. She told officers he struck her in the head and body. The victim said she grabbed a hammer on her bedside table and hit him with it, then ran out to her second story balcony to escape.

The officer noted in his report that it was unclear whether she jumped voluntarily, was forced to jump, or was thrown off the balcony. The victim had abrasions with bruising on her right knee and complained of neck pain from the fall. She still had the hammer with her, and police took it for evidence.

The victim also said her gray 2013 Nissan Altima was stolen after the attack.

When officers went up to the woman’s apartment they found a trail of blood leading from the parking lot up the stairs to the apartment. They reported the unit had visible signs of a struggle, with a broken door and large amounts of blood on the floors and walls.

The officers found a full can of gasoline and and black-handled knife in the apartment. The gas can was sitting on top of a chair that had blood on it, determining that the gas can had been placed on the chair after the blood got on it. The victim stated that the knife was not hers.

The victim was transported to the hospital.

While the initial officer was filling out his report, dispatch informed him that Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies had made contact with Lott.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson stated that they had received a call from Lott’s ex-wife about a car she did not recognize sitting in her driveway. When deputies responded, they found Lott in the car, and when he got out, his ex-wife recognized him. Lott allegedly told his ex-wife that he had been in a bar fight and needed a place to stay for the night.

At the time of the incident in Newton County, a BOLO had not yet been sent out for Lott. Once deputies received the BOLO, they contacted Sandy Springs and had the warrants sent to them. The deputies returned to Lott’s ex-wife’s house and arrested him without incident. The car Lott was in was his estranged wife’s, and it was also recovered.

Lott was transported to the Newton County Detention Center and was later picked up by Sandy Springs officers. He is facing charges in Sandy Springs of criminal intent to commit arson, home invasion in the first degree, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault with intent to kill, battery (family violence act), and felony theft by taking.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.