When the officers responded to the location, they found the apartment in disarray from a dispute and made contact with 23-year-old Jessica Landers and her boyfriend, 33-year-old James Criswell.
According to a GPD incident report, Criswell was acting as if he was under the influence of some substance, as he was sitting down but couldn’t sit still. He also had a small cut on his forehead. Landers had blood on her face, and her hair looked as if she had been involved in a fight.
Having been told by the person who approached them in the parking lot that the dispute involved a knife, police officers began patting down Criswell for weapons and contraband. They discovered a folding pocket knife as well as small plastic bag with a “crunchy or rock-like substance” in it. Along with Criswell, Landers was also cleared of any weapons or contraband.
The person informing police stated to officers that Criswell assaulted Landers earlier in the day, with Criswell tackling his girlfriend onto the bed and starting to choke and hit her. The person also stated that the two suspects were punching each other in the face on the backyard. At some point during the fight, Criswell pulled out his folding pocket knife and came after Landers again, threatening to kill her. Asked by officers who the main aggressor in this dispute is, the person said it was Criswell who started the fight and continued it.
A field test kit was brought in to test the substance in the plastic bag, and it tested positive for methamphetamine. Criswell and Landers were both arrested.
Criswell was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and aggravated assault family violence. Landers was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Both were processed at the GPD headquarters and then transported to Spalding County Jail for holding.