News and Tribune

May 23, 2013

CRIME BRIEFS: Robbery in Clarksville; man arrested for domestic battery in Sellersburg


CLARK COUNTY — Not so gentleman caller

Clarksville police responded to Texas Roadhouse on Lewis and Clark Parkway in the late afternoon of Sunday, May 19, in response to a fight in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Police spoke with one of the two men involved in the dispute, who stated that he let Robert G. Hurst, 23, of Louisville, use his cellular phone after he had asked to do so. The alleged victim said Hurst made a five-minute phone call, after which he placed the phone in his pocket and said, “It’s my phone now ...”

The man attempted to stop Hurst from taking his phone, and Hurst “ ... punched [the man] in the face multiple times knocking him to the ground and kicking him into a bike rack causing moderate injuries to his face, arms, knees and elbows,” according to the affidavit.

Hurst then left the area on foot past J.C. Penney, and the man chased after him until Hurst stopped, turned around and again punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground.

Hurst was later apprehended at nearby Napa Auto Parts store.

Police spoke with a Green Tree Mall security official who stated that she saw Hurst on top of the man and punching him repeatedly before fleeing, at which time she approached the victim and called police.

An employee of Texas Roadhouse corroborated the victim’s story of the robbery and assault.

Police reported that Hurst stated he had no knowledge of a stolen phone.

While Hurst was being transported to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, the victim found his cell phone in the exact location of Hurst’s arrest, police reported.

Hurst was later charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 with robbery, a class B felony.

Domestic assault in Sellersburg home

Sellersburg police responded to 2129 Tyler Drive in Sellersburg on May 16 after a 911 call was made, and the caller hung up. The responding officer was met at the home by a woman who was crying and had redness around her neck and a scratch on her forehead, police reported.

“She advised her [immediate relative] had beat her up again,” according the probable-cause affidavit.

The incident resulted in the arrest of Timothy W. Kern Jr., 29, who lives at the responding address.

The woman told the officer that Kern had choked her, causing her to experience trouble breathing and that she wanted to press charges. The officer reported a witness in the area said he had heard the woman scream and saw Kern dragging the woman on the ground and hitting her in the home. The witness said he pulled Kern off of the woman before police arrived.

Kern told the officer that he and the woman had gotten into an argument, and admitted to pushing her, but that he acted out of self-defense.

Police noted in the affidavit that Kern had scratches on his upper chest. Kern declined to press charges against the woman.

Kern has been charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 with strangulation, a class D felony, and battery, a class A misdemeanor.