Columbus Police said a mother admitted that she and her son were two of three people to pistol-whip a 37-year-old man and leave him bleeding Wednesday at Overlook Apartments.
Amy Gullatte, the 41-year-old mother, appeared in Recorder's Court and pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, false information, armed robbery and aggravated battery charges. Represented by Columbus Public Defender Charles Lykins, Gullatte was placed in the Muscogee County Jail without bond.
The case was bound over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer David Webb told the court he was called to Overlook Apartments at 1600 Buena Vista Road Wednesday around 8:43 a.m. in reference to a bleeding white male.
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Police arrived to the apartment and found the victim "bleeding profusely." Blood was also splattered on the floor, bed sheets and other parts of the residence, Webb said.
The victim was transported to Columbus Midtown Medical Center with a large gash on the left side of his forehead, bloody gums and lips and two missing teeth. He was listed in stable condition at the hospital, according to a report.
When questioned about the incident, the victim told police that he was temporarily living with Gullatte when her son and and a white bald-headed man visited the apartment around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said the suspect's son pretended to get into an argument with his mother and withdrew a long black pistol.
The son allegedly beat the 37-year-old man in the face until the victim fell back on the bed. The unidentified bald-headed man and mother also took turns pistol-whipping the man, police said.
During the assault, one of the males reportedly reached into the victim's pockets and stole $240 and a white Samsung Galaxy cell phone. Police eventually found the phone hidden in a bag and tucked under Gullatte's bedside table.
"He stated that he managed to get up off the bed, and run to the apartment door," Webb said. "He was struck again outside of the apartment. He stated that he then ran out and made his way across the street."
When police asked Gullatte about the incident, she reportedly gave two different accounts of the incident.
Webb said that her original statement to police was that she allowed the victim to stay with her after he was released from jail, because she thought he would "turn his life around." She told authorities that he stole about $300 and two tablets, asked weird questions and stayed in the bathroom for long periods of time.
She told police that she kicked the 37-year-old man out of her residence Tuesday night, because she caught him "shooting up meth."
She said she heard an altercation ensue outside of her door one morning and opened up the door to see what was going on. She said the victim flung himself into her room and started convulsing, which is why the blood was in her residence.
Later on, Gullatte's allegedly changed her police statement.
She reportedly said that the victim recorded them having sex together and threatened to show it to her son. Gullatte said she told her son about the threat and an argument she had with the 37-year-old man about the money he supposedly stole, Webb testified.
She allegedly admitted to police that she participated in the armed robbery along with her son and the bald-headed man. In court, Gullatte said she tried to diffuse the situation, not participate in it.
She testified that the men were fighting over the gun and she tried to grab the gun so no one would get hurt. She told the court she never had possession of the weapon.
Gullatte also said she picked up the victim's phone thinking it belonged to her.
"When they came in the door, everything got destroyed," Gullatte said. "I was just picking up stuff. I didn't notice it was his cell phone, because it was busted in pieces. The cover that he had on it had belonged to me."
Webb said police have not officially listed Gullatte's son as a suspect, and they haven't identified the bald-headed man who allegedly participated in the armed robbery.