Donald Rankin says he went to Mendenhall Mayor Steve Womack's home to serve a subpoena last month. At first he didn't think anyone was home.
Rankin said, "When I was about to turn around and leave he came around the house, reached behind his back like he was pulling a gun. Come at me, started to swing at me, never did swing at me until I was walking off to leave he popped me on the arm with his fore knuckle then turned around and kicked me as I was leaving."
Donald Rankin called the cops and filed simple assault charges.
"I thought he was going to act civilly about it at least most everybody else has in the same case he's in. Just got busted doing something he wasn't supposed to, got mad, tried to take it out on me," said Rankin.
Rankin taped the altercation on a digital recorder. He says the voice heard was the mayor's.
WLBT caught up with Mayor Womack. He says Rankin was trespassing and he's filed charges as well.
Mayor Womack said, "It's in the Simpson County Justice Court. I'm allowing due process. I'm a man of character and I apologize to any citizens this may offend I have two small children staying there."
Mayor Womack is calling their run in a "disturbance" and is looking forward to his day in court.
"The only thing I can say at this time it's in the justice system and I'm innocent of these charges," said Womack.
Donald Rankin says he's also looking forward to his court date.
"I got all the evidence I need. There's nothing he can do about it. He can lie all he wants. I got it all recorded and I got the documents showing where I served the papers," said Rankin.
A court date for the case has been set for February 14th, Valentines Day.
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