George Frank Roach
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Dentist booked into DeKalb jail as domestic violence claims emerge

A dentist whose Brookhaven home was the site of an hours-long SWAT standoff earlier this week was booked into the DeKalb County jail on nearly a dozen criminal charges Thursday.

Details also emerged about recent domestic assault allegations against George Frank Roach, 48.

About three weeks before he allegedly hid from officers in his house, Roach forced his girlfriend onto a bathroom floor and shot at her with a rifle — once to the left of her head and once to the right, according to a Brookhaven police incident report. He is also accused of shooting the woman’s iPhone and assaulting her with his hands, causing multiple visible scars. She said Roach then made her clean up her blood from the walls and floors.

“(The woman) wanted something to be done immediately to Roach as she feared for her life,” a police officer wrote in the report, adding that she “stated she had enough with the physical and mental abuse and wanted something to be done about it.”

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Roach is a licensed dentist, according to the Georgia Department of Community Health, and was listed as having a practice in Norcross. The website and Facebook page for his office appear to have been taken down after his arrest.

His girlfriend reported the alleged assault Saturday, three days before officers went to Roach’s home on Osborne Road to serve an arrest warrant, knowing he may be armed.

Brookhaven police spokesman Maj. Brandon Gurley said Roach barricaded himself inside his home, prompting police to call a SWAT team. Crews shot off flash bangs and sent a robot in to search room by room, eventually arresting him.

“He did not surrender,” Gurley said at the scene. “There was a struggle, but he is OK and in custody.”

After being treated at the hospital, he was taken to the jail Thursday and booked on five counts of obstruction and one count each of false imprisonment, criminal damage to property, family violence battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and cocaine possession.

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After the SWAT standoff, investigators searched Roach’s home and found an arsenal of weapons, including more than two dozen rifles and boxes of ammunition.

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