Jeffersonville police responded to Motel 6 on Hospitality Way about 7:30 p.m. Friday after a complaint was made that a man was trying to throw the hotel’s manager from the third-floor balcony.
When police arrived, an officer made contact with Ricardo Costa Pinho Cabral Branco, 29, a resident of the hotel, who was suspected of committing the assault.
Branco was seen by the officer leaving the hotel office, and when the officer asked his name and if he had identification, Branco ignored the officer, according to the police report.
After Branco disregarded the officer’s commands, a physical struggle between the two ensued.
Additional officers responded for back up, and Branco was placed into handcuffs.
Branco told police that the hotel manager had come to his room asking for rent payment, even though the two had made a verbal agreement the day before regarding the money owed.
Branco then told police a woman from another room was a witness to the incident, and the officer should speak to her.
The woman told police she had heard from inside her room the manager and Branco talking about the rent payment. She also heard Branco begin cussing and yelling at the manager and threatening to punch the manager in the face if he did not go away. The woman stepped out of her room as the yelling got louder.
She reported Branco pushed the manager in the chest and would not let him walk away from the area by blocking his path. She told police Branco pushed the man again, this time against the third-floor balcony.
“[The woman] stated that it appeared that [the hotel manager] was being pushed over the railing ...,” according to the report.
Branco said he never touched the manager, but was arrested and preliminarily charged with criminal confinement, a class D felony, and battery and resisting law enforcement, both class A misdemeanors.
Stepdad, stepson arrested after fight
Two Jeffersonville men were arrested Friday after Jeffersonville police responded to their home on a battery call.
Todd B. Decker, 42, and his stepson Brandon Price, 19, both of Ashley Drive, were each preliminarily charged with domestic battery. Decker was additionally preliminarily charged with strangulation, a class D felony.
According to statements to police from Price and his mother, the son and mother had been in an verbal argument in the home. The mother reported that during the argument Price punched the front door in frustration.
Decker told police he kept himself outside of the home, at the time, to stay out of the argument.
Decker told the officer when he heard a noise, likely Price striking the front door, he thought his wife had been hit, and he ran into the home.
As he entered the living room, Decker put his stepson in a headlock, and Price responded by punching Decker in the face.
The physical dispute was broken up by another son, 26. The son said he pried Decker’s fingers off the 19-year-old’s neck because he thought Decker was going to crush Price’s throat.
Price received oxygen from paramedics and threw up several times while receiving treatment, which he said was due to being strangled.
Decker was found by police with several cuts on his face and behind his ear.
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