An Augusta man violently attacked his younger roommate Monday, putting a belt around his neck and choking him with it before finishing the assault with a hammer to the head and knife to the body.
The suspect, 41-year-old James Austin Rebillard, did not immediately surrender Monday after the assault. After a few minutes of deputies banging on the door, Rebillard surrendered to deputies in bizarre fashion: by crawling out on his knees. A deputy then heard the suspect talking to himself on the way to jail, a report says.
The attack happened around 8 p.m. Monday at the pair’s home at 404 Shallowford Circle in Augusta. Deputies were called to a stabbing and found the victim laying in the grass by the road. He was alert enough to tell deputies what happened:
“He was playing a video game in the living room, when the suspect entered the room behind him and put a belt around his neck, choking him,” a report says. “Mr. Chambliss stated they then started fighting and Mr. Rebillard struck him in the head with a hammer. The victim stated when he tried to take the hammer, Mr.Rebillard stabbed him with a knife in the left arm, right side, and the buttocks.”
“It all went black, but I think I got him,” Rebillard reportedly said to deputies.
Rebillard was charged with aggravated assault and weapon possession. He remained Wednesday in the Richmond County Detention Center.