By GARY POPP
NEW ALBANY —
A New Albany man is in jail following an assault that occurred Sunday, Dec. 23, at an appliance repair store along Charlestown Road.
Michael A. Doogs, 40, of 905 E. Market St., has since been charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon, a Class C felony, in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1.
Doogs is accused of using a knife to slash the face and stab the clavicle area and arm of a male victim during an altercation about 5:30 a.m. at PCS Appliance Repair.
New Albany police made contact with the victim who said that he and Doogs became involved in an altercation that included Doogs coming through a curtain in the business that partitioned a hallway and the appliance showroom to commit the assault, according to police records.
The victim told police he struck Doogs multiple times in the face to stop his assault.
The victim refused medical treatment and transport from the New Albany Fire Department.
After speaking with the victim, officers went to the business and spoke with the owner and three other men about what had occurred.
The officer noted in the probable cause affidavit that the men were uncooperative with the investigation and would not divulge information related to the suspect, later identified as Doogs, who had left the business immediately after the altercation.
The officer also noted that there was copious amounts of blood found at the scene.
Officers noticed an active video surveillance system at the business in the area where the assault took place. The recording device was taken by police as evidence.
Police also found a small paring knife at the business. When the knife was later shown to the victim, he stated that it appeared to be the knife used to stab and cut him.
During the investigation, the possible vehicle and home address of Doogs were obtained by officers. The officers responded to Doogs’ home.
“Upon making contact with Mr. Doogs, it was readily apparent that he had been in a significant physical altercation,” the officer put into the affidavit.
According to the report, Doogs told the officers he was very drunk and that he had been in a fight over illegal drugs with the mentioned victim.
He continued to tell police that he didn’t remember using a knife during the altercation, but did recall getting badly beaten up.
“When asked, Mr. Doogs stated that the fight was over illegal drugs, again, and added that he needed help getting off them,” according to the affidavit.
Doogs was placed under arrest and taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital for treatment. On his release from the hospital, he was booked into the Floyd County Jail.
Floyd County court records did not reflect the time of Doogs’ next court hearing as of press time.
A class C felony conviction is punishable up to eight years in the Indiana Department of Correction.