Man punches nurse’s aide at hospital, jailed for 2 burglaries

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Titus Heard. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Titus Heard. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

A Decatur man faces four charges stemming from incidents at two homes in north Fayette County on May 29 and another at Piedmont Fayette Hospital two days later. Those charges include aggravated assault, burglary and entering auto.

Titus L. Heard, 33, was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of burglary and one count of entering auto in the three separate incidents, according to Fayette County Jail records.

In one of the incidents, Fayetteville police on May 31 were dispatched to Piedmont Fayette Hospital on a physical altercation call.

The complainant, a medical staff member, said a patient identified as Titus L. Heard had reportedly assaulted a male nurse’s aide, Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said of the police report.

“The complainant told the police the nurse’s aide was entering a room with a patient and the nurse’s aide attempted to prevent Heard from entering the patient’s room,” said Burdett. “The complainant said Heard allegedly struck the nurse’s aide with a closed fist, causing the aide to collapse to the floor, injuring his face and mouth and sustaining short-term memory loss.”

Police viewed surveillance footage of the incident, confirming witness accounts of the incident, Burdett noted.

Heard was subsequently charged with aggravated assault in transported to the Fayette County Jail.

This incident involving Heard came after two other incidents on May 29 where he was subsequently charged with two counts of burglary and one count of entering auto.

One of those incidents involving Heard, and reported earlier by The Citizen, had deputies

in the morning hours of May 29 responding to a residence on Ga. Highway 314 on a burglary call.

The female resident told deputies she was awakened at 7 a.m. by footsteps in the area of the living room, and found a heavy-set black male with a “thick beard and big hair” wearing a gray shirt and dark pants in the foyer, said Sheriff Barry Babb, noting that Heard is 6’2” in height and weighs 260 lbs.

The man, later identified as Heard, said he was looking for “G” and asked if G was there, the woman explained, adding that she told him she did not know anyone named G, the report said.

The woman said the man then walked through the kitchen and into the garage, where the garage door had been opened, and left the area, said Babb.

The woman found the garage door opener in the garage, though it had been left in her unlocked vehicle in the driveway, Babb explained.

The homeowner contacted family members who advised her to call law enforcement, Babb noted.

While that was occurring, Heard had flagged-down an officer at approximately 7:20 a.m. and requested a ride to Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Babb said, adding that the man was taken to the hospital, and was later identified as the person who had entered the woman’s house.

An involuntary committal was pending, said Babb.

Babb said the man’s mother told deputies that her son has a mental disorder and had not been taking his medication.

Heard was subsequently charged with entering auto and burglary, Babb added.

A separate incident involving Heard, one also occurring a few hours earlier on May 29 at approximately 5:30 a.m., dealt with a burglary charge at a residence on Ilene Drive off Hwy. 314, a short distance away from the residence he entered later in the morning on Hwy. 314.

Deputies at approximately 10:30 a.m. responded to the Ilene Drive residence in reference to an incident that occurred a few hours earlier at approximately 5:30 a.m., Babb said.

Home video showed Heard at the front door, trying to force it open and ramming it with his body, said Babb.

Heard left the residence after failing to force the door, Babb added.

He was charged with burglary in that incident, Babb explained.

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