Brianne Diminia Crowell
Photo: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office

Cops: Woman escapes from handcuffs, attacks officer after arrest

A Conyers police officer said a woman he arrested slipped off her handcuffs and attacked him as he was about to escort her inside the jail. 

Brianne Diminia Crowell, 26, of New Jersey, faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault, according to jail records. 

Crowell was taken into custody at a Comfort Inn and Suites on April 29 about 2 p.m., Channel 2 Action News reported. An Uber driver kicked her out of his car at a QuikTrip gas station, and shortly after someone at the hotel called and said she was acting strangely and had jumped on the hood of their car, Conyers Officer Jeremy Cook said. 

Cook told Channel 2 he drove Crowell to the Rockdale County Jail and was about to lead her into the prisoner intake area when she asked him for help with her shoes.

“She asked me to pick her sandals up off the floorboard,” he said. 

Then, Crowell slipped off the handcuffs, hit the officer with them and took him to the ground, Channel 2 reported.  


Surveillance footage captured the fracas. The two struggled, and Cook’s body camera and other equipment went flying, he told Channel 2. 

“Once we hit the ground, that’s when she reached for my Taser with both of her hands,” he said. 

Rockdale County deputies ran to restrain Crowell. 

Cook said Crowell dislocated her thumb and pinkie in order to escape the cuffs. 

“It makes her hand smaller,” he said, “and she’s able to slip the cuffs off her wrists that way.”


Eventually, Crowell was booked into the Rockdale jail. 

She is charged with aggravated assault, giving a false name, address or birthdate to law enforcement, battery, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and removal or attempted removal of a weapon.

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