published Friday, August 12th, 2011

Dalton man cuffs himself to coworker he wanted to date

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    Jason Dean is charged with false imprisonment.
    Courtesy Catoosa County

A Dalton man was arrested for going too far to snag a date when he handcuffed a co-worker to his wrist in the parking lot of the Ringgold Taco Bell.

When police found 24-year-old Jason Dean on Wednesday, he still had the handcuffs with him, said Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey. Dean was jailed in Catoosa County on felony charges of false imprisonment, Bilbrey said.

He said Dean had spent weeks trying to date an 18-year-old Taco Bell co-worker, bragging that he was a Dalton volunteer firefighter. The woman refused to go out with him and Taco Bell managers had changed her shift to keep Dean away.

That didn't stop him from sending her text messages, an incident report shows.

The woman was leaving after her shift Monday night when Dean walked to her car and slapped a handcuff on her wrist, the report states. The other cuff was on his own arm.

The woman screamed and co-workers ran outside and tried to talk Dean into letting her go, but he said he just wanted to talk.

But when the co-workers called police, Dean uncuffed the woman and fled, the report states.

This isn't the first time Dean has spooked someone, officials said.

Whitfield County sheriff's detectives opened an investigation against Dean after someone complained that he tried to contact an underage teenager online, but no charges were ever filed, Capt. Rick Swiney said.

Officials said Dean never was a volunteer firefighter in Dalton or in Ellijay, which he also had claimed.

He applied for a job with the Whitfield County Fire Department six months ago, but he wasn't considered a viable candidate, Chief Carl Collins said.

About four years ago, Dean worked at a Gilmer County fire station, but he never got his certification, said Assistant Chief Ben Daniel.

Dean was fired after he was found installing a fire station radio in his car and putting red lights on top, Daniel said, but no charges were filed.

Later, Dean applied as a volunteer firefighter in Murray County, but officials called the Gilmer County department for references and were told what had happened there, Daniel said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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chatttn said...

Can you say "fatal attraction"? Yikes!

August 12, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.
slimjim300 said...

ill have a double decker taco supreme no tomato, 3 crispy tacos, 1 beefy 5 layer burrito and 1 forced date by way of handcuff

August 12, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

This guy is sick, Sick, SICK!!!

August 12, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
jord4n640 said...

thats da funniest thang ive ever read im in my sociology class and i laghed so hard my teacher came runnin 2 where i was at to see wat was goin on and he started laughin outrageously also man he just needs to make thangs right wit rosey palmer & her 5 sisters i mean this crap has despirate writtten all over it i mean come on that was da most childish thing ive ever seen on dis web site but peace oh & slimjim i love ur comment

August 12, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
chickgirl said...

I think this is crazy and he should be locked up, this girl is trying to work and he is harrassing her. There is more to the story than what has been said here, he has made threats of bodily harm to her. Its a shame that people think they can force someone to like them. come on get a grip!

August 12, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
Durell said...

He'd have been better off just doing this (link) and asking for her number.

Updo compliments work a LOT better than handcuffs on the first approach.

August 12, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.
RickD said...

Um, you, you did what? Nothing says true love like a pair of forced handcuffs. No not roses, handcuffs. I'm sure that will win her over!!

August 12, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
kellaria said...

It may seem like a dramatic response to a silly prank, but men who are willing to go to these extremes have a dangerous sense of entitlement. I wonder what he would've done if she'd said yes to the date, but no to a kiss or sex.

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khoof said...

This is no Joking matter, No woman should have to be treated this way.. There is Much More to this story that is being told and made fun of...If this was your family , HOw would you feel? If it were me he did this to..all I can say is God help him!

August 14, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
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