Will Geer arrested on battery charge

Will Geer, founder of the Phoebe Factoids social media site, is shown speaking at the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County meeting in November. Reports from the Johns Creek Police Department show Geer was arrested on a battery charge following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. (File Photo)

JOHNS CREEK — Additional information has been released by law enforcement officials in this north Georgia city concerning the arrest of Claude Wilson “Will” Geer IV.

Geer, who has a business in Albany, has been in the public eye in Dougherty County because of his appearances at government meetings in which he has been critical of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials and Dougherty County officials and his work as page administrator of the Phoebe Factoids Facebook site.

Geer was arrested earlier this week on a battery charge after police say he victimized his girlfriend in a domestic abuse incident and then attempted to hide from the officers who responded to arrest him, a report from the Johns Creek Police Department said.

The woman, identified in the report as Tambian Marie (last name redacted), told police at 11:20 p.m. Monday that Geer had just left with his son, Greysen Geer, 17, in their white Hyundai Sonata when police arrived. The report said she was “visibly upset and was crying hysterically.”

The officer’s narrative said Tambian Marie had a visible laceration to one of her eyelids, a swollen eye and a red and swollen lip. She said she had gone to dinner with Geer and some of his co-workers and they were driving home afterward, the report said.

The report said she told officers that Geer had “consumed several drinks at dinner and was driving crazy” and, following a comment from her, he became angry and struck her in the face with his fist while he was driving.

Geer continued hitting her “several times” in the face until they arrived home, she told police, saying she did not know how many times he hit her. She told police that when they arrived home, Geer yelled at her to get out of the car and pushed her several times while walking into the house, at one point causing her purse to spill out into the garage.

According to the report, the woman told police her daughter witnessed her being pushed around when they arrived home and that she went into her daughter’s bedroom and called 911.

The officer said after he was unable to contact Geer and his son by phone, he obtained a warrant for battery-family violence against Geer.

At 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, a supplemental report said, officers responded to the residence where the initial incident had been reported the night before (the address was redacted) to serve the warrant on Geer. Officers took positions at the front and back of the home, making entry when they learned Geer was inside and was reported to be hiding in the upstairs master bedroom.

After commands for Geer to come downstairs and surrender were ignored, the officer wrote, Geer was found hiding under some bedding in a closet when officers were clearing the bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom. The report says Geer initially was hesitant to show his hands, but eventually complied and was removed from the closet and handcuffed. The officer said he pointed his pistol at Geer until he was able to handcuff Geer.

The supplemental report goes on to say the officer had been suspicious of the presence of firearms in the residence when he saw mounted deer heads on the family room and a bear skin hanging on the wall. On the floor of the bathroom closet where Geer was hiding were “multiple rifles,” the officer wrote.

Records for the Fulton County Jail on Thursday afternoon said Geer was being held on a $2,500 surety bond.

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I'm a 2007 graduate of Georgia Southern University, and I've been a reporter for The Albany Herald since 2008. I cover news related to health care, Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, SOWEGA Council on Aging and other areas as assigned.

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