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Dawson man allegedly held family captive for multiple hours while armed with gun
Crisp arrest

A Dawson County man was recently booked into jail after he allegedly held a woman and her three children against their will for several hours while he had a firearm at a local residence.

Billy Dale Crisp, 44, of Dawsonville was arrested by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office on July 20 just before noon, according to the agency’s weekly arrest report. 

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

He faces misdemeanor charges for battery, cruelty to children in the third degree, interference with a 9-1-1 call and not having a license. 

Crisp allegedly committed these offenses between 4 and 11 a.m. on July 20 at a local home. 

He supposedly brandished the 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, the warrant for battery stated. 

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

The other three child cruelty charges have to do with the children allegedly witnessing Crisp’s act of violence against their mother. 

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

DCN will provide an update on this case when more information is available.