Joshua William Barnett

A Ringgold man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend with a knife and stalked her.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Joshua William Barnett, 32, of Debbie Lane in Ringgold was arrested Sunday, June 26, on charges of aggravated assault, stalking, simple battery, and probation violation.

Around 11:53 p.m. that day deputies responded to Lazy Oak Trail in reference to threats being made against a woman.

The woman claimed she and her boyfriend, Barnett, had gotten into a verbal altercation earlier in the day that turned physical after Barnett allegedly pulled her hair, pulled a knife on her, and then threatened to kill her while the two were traveling in her vehicle, reports show.

The woman actually documented some of the claims with video footage, which she presented to police.

“In the video, she (the victim) pleaded with Mr. Barnett several times to exit her vehicle, and he refused,” deputy Justin Ruth wrote in his report. “The video evidence of the altercation didn’t show the knife, but in the video, she states, ‘you pulled a knife on me’, to which Mr. Barnett stated, ‘I (expletive) wonder why’.”

The woman also turned over video evidence of Barnett stalking her on numerous occasions by standing in the wood line at her residence and subsequently entering her residence uninvited, reports show.

The woman claimed Barnett had a tent set up in the nearby woods in order to watch her, and that he’d hidden under her porch on several occasions.

“She had pictures of previous injuries sustained from altercations with Mr. Barnett, which were not reported,” Ruth said. “She stated she was in fear of her life and couldn’t deal with the abuse any longer.”

Detective Tim Deal eventually located Barnett on Post Oak Road near Heritage High School and placed him under arrest.

During the arrest, a black folding knife was located in Barnett’s possession, which matched the description of the woman gave of the knife he allegedly used on her.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at

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