Chattanooga police arrest man on several warrants for domestic assault, child abuse

Chattanooga police arrest man on several warrants for domestic assault, child abuse

August 22nd, 2017 by Rosana Hughes in Local Regional News

Chattanooga police arrested a man Monday evening in connection to two separate incidents of domestic assault and child abuse.

Kareem Alford, 35, had warrants for with domestic assault, burglary and aggravated child abuse, according to an arrest report. He was also charged with resisting and evading arrest, as well as two drug-related charges.

In March, Alford was named as a defendant in an affidavit after a woman called police to report that Alford had allegedly beaten her daughter with a belt and left her body with bruises and welts.

The girl said Alford had beaten her after he caught her and a boy her age "doing inappropriate things," according to the affidavit. The mother said she "felt the whooping was too excessive and called police."

In July, Alford was named in another affidavit after he allegedly entered a separate woman's home while she was gone and assaulted her.

Kareem Alford

Kareem Alford

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The woman saw Alford standing in the dark in her children's room. Alford struck the woman in the face and pulled her to the floor by her hair. The woman told him she was calling the police, and he left.

On Monday, Alford was taken into custody after a police officer was flagged down by a person claiming Alford was in a nearby residence and that he had several warrants, including one for child abuse, according to the arrest report. As the person was talking, Alford got into the driver's seat of a car and sat there for some time.

When the officer approached Alford to speak to him, Alford ran behind the home. As the officer pursued him, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The officer caught up to him and found several small bags of marijuana on Alford's body, totaling nearly two ounces, and another bag of crack cocaine.

Alford was also sought for simple assault in December 2011 after he allegedly beat a 5-year-old boy with a belt, according to a previous report by the Times Free Press. He was arrested in February 2012 and charged with assault. It was not clear whether that charge came from the December incident.