Joseph Height assaults girlfriend after workers come to fix her fridge late at night

Joseph Height assaults girlfriend after workers come to fix her fridge late at night

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63-year-old Joseph Ellis Height had a domestic altercation with his girlfriend, Pamela Christine Rollins, at her Bell Road residence on March 27th. When officers arrived, they spoke with Rollins, who stated Height was a friend whom she had been allowing to stay there occasionally. Rollins added that Height had been living with her temporarily for about two months. Rollins stated that at around 10:30 p.m., workers came by to work on her refrigerator. When the workers arrived, Height became infuriated, yelling at them and demanding they leave the property. Rollins said the workers then went to the front porch, but Height continued to be verbally abusive towards her in the living room. Rollins told officers the Height pushed her onto a chair, got on top of her, put both hands around her neck, and began strangling her, impeding her airways. Rollins said that the workers returned inside to get Height off her. Officers spoke with the workers, who stated they saw Height pushing Rollins through the front window and went inside to help her. They did not provide their information or wish to prosecute for the incident. Height told detectives that he was upset that the workers were there late at night. Height stated that Rollins started yelling at him when the workers left, pointing her finger in his face. He added that Rollins suddenly fell onto the chair, all by herself. Height said that he never touched Rollins at any point. Rollins was evaluated by NFD on the scene but refused further evaluation. Officers did not observe any injuries to her neck or face. Height was taken into custody for aggravated assault.

Joseph Ellis Height (MNPD)
Joseph Ellis Height (MNPD)

Joseph Ellis Height was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on March 27th, charged with aggravated assault. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $20,000.

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