Nathan Van Brock

A Ringgold man, who’s been in Catoosa County jail for the past 25 days for allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend’s credit cards and assaulting her son, has now been charged with killing her dog.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

Nathan Van Brock, 36, of Lodgestone Drive, was arrested Feb. 14 on charges of assault, entering auto, and financial transaction card fraud.

A few days later he was charged with aggravated stalking and aggravated cruelty to ani-mals.

He remains in Catoosa County jail with bond set at $5,000.

The ex-girlfriend’s dog was found dead in a bag in a ditch on the side of the road in south Ringgold on Feb. 18. According to the police report, “ … the dog had been cut the entire length of its chest cavity to the top of the abdomen.”

Brock’s run-in with police began late Saturday night, Feb. 13, when a neighbor of his ex-girlfriend called police thinking he was in violation of a temporary protective order.

When police arrived at the woman’s residence around 10:30 p.m., she explained that she indeed had a TPO against Brock in 2015, but that it was dismissed in September, reports show.

She said she didn’t mind Brock being there because he was helping fix some flooring at the home.

The following morning, around 8 a.m., the woman called police herself after she found blood inside her vehicle after letting Brock drive it.

“She stated that when she went out to the vehicle this morning, she noticed drops of blood on the driver’s-side door jam and on the floor,” officer Judd Whitfield said. “She stated that it also looked like the driver’s side of the vehicle had been wiped down.”

The woman said that when she confronted Brock about it, he claimed he’d cut his hand while borrowing the vehicle.

Later in the evening on Feb. 14, the woman called police again, claiming credit cards were missing from her purse, which had been in the vehicle when she allowed Brock to drive it.

When police arrived, the woman was down the street at Brock’s residence asking him about the missing credit cards, reports show.

During questioning, the woman told police that Brock threatened her 21-year-old son dur-ing the ordeal.

“She said her son was parked on the road in front of the house and that when Mr. Brock saw the son, he approached the roadway with an object in his hand and told him he was “go-ing to clock” him,” officer Shane Craig said.

The son told police Brock was cursing at him, threatened to assault him, and that he be-lieved the threat because Brock had assaulted him in the past.

Brock denied the claims that he stole the credit cards.

After Brock was placed under arrest and taken to jail, officers spoke with the female owner of Brock’s residence, who claimed Brock took her to eat and paid the bill with a credit card that was possibly stolen.

“The witness said Mr. Brock took her to dinner at El Pueblito restaurant earlier and paid the bill with a credit card that wasn’t his,” Craig said. “She also told me that while they were eating dinner, Mr. Brock told her that he killed his ex’s dog by placing a pair of hose around its mouth and then cutting its throat.”

The woman said Brock also claimed to have put the dead dog into the ex’s vehicle and dumped it at an unknown location, reports show.

A few days later, on Feb. 18, officers were dispatched to Mashburn Equipment on Front-age Road in reference to a suspicious bag on the side of the road containing a dead dog.

A local resident found the bag near the intersection of Frontage Road and Industrial Boulevard in a ditch.

“The bag contained a white dog that was dead and had been cut open …. ,” officer Wil-liam Gregory said. “The dog had a black and green collar with a green buckle, and it ap-peared that the dog had been cut the entire length of its chest cavity to the top of the abdo-men.”

According to chief Dan Bilbrey, the dog was the missing dog of Brock’s ex.

Adam Cook has been a reporter with the Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., since 2009. He currently covers crime and courts, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe city government, education, and arts and entertainment.