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Armed woman who barricaded herself in her home, then got away, is now in jail

Deborah Winslette
Deborah Winslette

An armed woman in Houston County who barricaded herself in her Glenwood Avenue mobile home and then slipped out through a back window last week has been arrested.

Deborah Mary Winslette, 54, was taken into custody about 12:10 p.m. Tuesday without incident while in a parked SUV near Ga. 96 and Karl Drive, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Ronnie Harlowe.

“They were just following up on tips and leads that they’d been working ... that she was a passenger in that car,” Harlowe said.

Winslette is charged with two counts each of felony obstruction and terrorist threats against Houston County Cpl. Andrew Gunn and Cpl. James Erickson.

Winslette threatened, “You better get out of my house now before I shoot you!” before racking a shotgun and pointing it in their direction, according to arrest warrants.

She’d been on the run since Thursday.

Winslette’s husband, Joseph Winslette, was also being held Tuesday at the Houston County jail on a charge of hindering her arrest.

Joseph Winslette is accused of intentionally harboring or concealing his wife at the Glenwood Avenue home Thursday knowing that there were open warrants for her arrest, according the warrant for his arrest. He was arrested Monday.

Deputies were attempting to serve arrest warrants on Deborah Winslette on Thursday when she allegedly threatened to kill the deputies, pointed the shotgun at them and retreated further in the house.

The deputies took cover inside the home and called for backup. Winslette apparently slipped out the window before a police perimeter was set up. Thinking she was still inside armed with a shotgun, the arriving sheriff’s response team attempted to talk with her and then threw in gas canisters and flash bang distraction devices. A rifle and BB gun were found in the home.

The warrants were in connection with a June domestic violence incident at her home.

In the June 23 incident, Winslette allegedly pulled a knife and a Taser stun gun on Joseph Winslette and another person and threatened, “I will kill y’all,” according to warrants.

Deborah Winslette allegedly waved the knife and cycled the stun gun in the air, warrants said. She also scratched the other person in the incident and punched her in the chest.

Deborah Winslette is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats, both felonies, and one count of misdemeanor battery in that incident.

Also, she was being held on a felony theft by taking charge for allegedly taking a rifle, ammunition, holsters, clothes and other personal and household items from another woman’s Centennial Drive home near Byron between June 25-June 26, according to a warrant.

Additionally, Winslette already had two pending cases against her in Houston County Superior Court, according to court records.

Winslette and two others were indicted in connection with a September 2017 burglary of a Wesleyan Court home in Warner Robins. Winslette is charged with one count each of burglary and possession of hydrocodone after the drug was allegedly found on her.

In the other court case, Winslette was charged with possession of methamphetamine after the drug was allegedly found on her in an August 2017 shoplifting incident. She was also charged with theft by shoplifting for allegedly concealing perfume, eggs, lunch meat and other Walmart merchandise worth less than $500, according to a bill of accusation.

She had been free on a $7,000 bond on the charges related to the court cases, according to a bond reduction order.