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Dawson County man indicted after authorities accused him of holding family hostage with a gun
Crisp arrest

A local man has been indicted after he was previously arrested for allegedly holding a woman and her three children hostage in a home for several hours with a firearm, according to an Oct. 17 filing in Dawson County Superior Court.  

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Billy Dale Crisp, 44, of Dawsonville was indicted on a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses in connection with the July incident in which he’s accused. 

Crisp has been indicted on felonies for three counts of aggravated assault related to family violence; four counts of false imprisonment; three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree; and one count each of terroristic threats, battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He faces three misdemeanor charges for cruelty to children in the third degree as well as single charges each of interference with a 9-1-1 call and not having a license. 

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crisp on July 20, 2022, just before noon, according to the agency’s arrest report for that week. 

Between 4 and 11 a.m. on July 20, Crisp supposedly brandished a firearm and pointed it at each of the victims during that time, according to DCSO warrants.

He allegedly threatened to kill the children’s mother if the oldest child attempted to contact 9-1-1 during the violent domestic dispute. Amidst the incident, Crisp allegedly also hit the woman with a stool near her right elbow, causing bruising and swelling, DCSO’s warrant for battery stated. 

Crisp is also accused of talking to the children about subjects that caused them “excessive mental pain,” according to the three DCSO warrants for first-degree child cruelty.

The other child cruelty warrants accuse Crisp of harming the mother in front of the children. 

Crisp is being held at the Dawson County Detention Center without bond. 

DCN will update this story as more information becomes available.