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Clark County

January 29, 2013

Police: Man beaten with two-by-four

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One of the women said that the man she was visiting did not know Arnold very well at all and that he was hesitant to leave his house with Arnold, but he had anyway. She said that she saw the man and Arnold leave together in a black SUV. The second woman also corroborated the man’s story by saying that she saw him and Arnold leave his home together.

The deputy then made contact with the owner of the shop where the assault is said to have occurred. The shop owner said that he had seen the man who had been beaten by Arnold in his business. He said that he has known Arnold for a long time and that he saw something different in him when he walked into the area where the assault took place. The shop owner described Arnold that day as “a person who he didn’t recognize by his actions,” according to the police report.

The shop owner said that all the men present during the assault had fled, and that he feared they had loaded the man into the SUV and were going to kill him. The shop owner told the Clark County deputy that he had contacted the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department to be on the lookout for a black Isuzu Trooper.

The deputy then went to Arnold’s home and placed him under arrest.

After he was read his Miranda Rights, “Mr. Arnold stated that he understood [his rights], and stated that he had no clue what this was about and that he had never even saw [the victim],” according to the police report.

Arnold has been charged with aggravated battery — causing serious permanent disfigurement, a class B felony; battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony; criminal confinement — armed with a deadly weapon, a class B felony; and habitual offender.

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