Rogersville man accused of assault, false imprisonment in case involving his mother

Jeff Bobo • Jul 17, 2019 at 10:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man with a history of violence related to mental health issues was charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment Sunday after he allegedly held his mother against her will for more than nine hours.

Joseph Serverio Gullo, 34, reportedly arrived at his mother’s Rogersville apartment on Arrowhead Drive around noon Sunday seeking to use her phone.

Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night, the Rogersville Police Department responded to that apartment complex on a report of a man holding a woman down on the ground while she was screaming for help.

That man, later identified as Gullo, reportedly told witnesses not to worry about the woman, his mother, because she was only having a panic attack. Witnesses said Gullo then told them to leave and dragged her into a nearby apartment.

Throughout the day Sunday, Gullo allegedly refused to allow his mother to leave and punched her in the head at one point, drawing blood, when she tried to leave.

The mother reportedly told police that upon Gullo’s arrival she became concerned because he was “not acting himself and scaring her.”

Rogersville police are well acquainted with Gullo, who reportedly has bouts of threatening behavior and violence when he doesn’t take his medication.

During his visit to his mother’s apartment, Gullo allegedly took his mother’s phone and refused to return it. He allegedly made her sit on the couch and told her she couldn’t leave.

At 12:30 p.m., she attempted to leave, which is when Gullo allegedly punched her in the forehead, causing a laceration.

At 9:30 p.m., Gullo’s mother reportedly took advantage of a brief moment away from him to run out of the apartment, which is when they were observed by witnesses who called police.

After allegedly dragging her back into her apartment by the neck, Gullo then went to his own residence. Upon being confronted by police shortly after midnight, Gullo was reportedly “uncooperative” and had to be tasered before he could be taken into custody.

Gullo was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count of domestic assault and one count of false imprisonment.

His bond was set at $3,000 and his next court date was set for July 29.