News and Tribune

June 17, 2013

CRIME BRIEFS: Report: Woman attacks neighbor, bites officer


— Clarksville Police Department officers responded to a fight call about 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 1700 of Thames Drive.

A woman reported that she and her husband were in their front yard when a pickup truck pulled into their neighbor’s driveway and a man got out of the vehicle, knocked on the neighbors’ door and left when no one answered.

The woman continued to tell police that her neighbor Lisa A. Neal, 48, then came out of the home “cursing and screaming” and saying she was beating on her doors and windows.

The woman told Neal that it was a man in a pickup truck who had knocked on her door, not her or her husband. She reported Neal called her a liar, and she responded by telling her to “take her drama back in the house.”

The woman told police that is when Neal became “very aggressive and ran toward her, grabbing her by her hair and jerking her around the yard trying to throw her to the ground,” according to the police report.

The woman’s husband then separated the women, at which time Neal’s boyfriend, Steven Hawkins, 55, “walked over and grabbed his crotch stating, ‘I have something for you big boy.’”

Neal then, again, assaulted the woman by grabbing her hair, according to the police report, and the husband, again, broke up the altercation, and Hawkins grabbed the man “ ... from behind and slammed him on the ground and then ran back into their home,” according to the police report.

After hearing the woman’s story, police responded to Neal and Hawkins’ home where they knocked on the door, and after a “long period of time,” Neal came to the door.

Police reported Neal was immediately “agitated and aggressive with officers.”

She told an officer, “I don’t have anything to say to you,” according to the report, before trying to shut the door.

Neal then stepped on the front porch to speak further with police where she “ ... continued cursing at officers and stated she did not know why we were there harassing her.”

When an officer told Neal she was under arrest, she replied, “she was not going anywhere ...”

The woman physically resisted arrest and said she would let the dogs out of her home to bite the officer. When another officer assisted in the apprehension, Neal bit the officer in the hand hard enough to leave bite marks, the report says.

Neal was preliminarily charged with battery to an officer, class D felony; resisting law enforcement and intimidation; both class A misdemeanors; and disorderly conduct and battery, both class B misdemeanors.

Hawkins was preliminarily charged with battery, class A misdemeanor.

Police make arrest for battery on boat

Jeffersonville police officers working water patrol on the Ohio River were alerted by Louisville Metro Police River Patrol of a possible domestic dispute near Duffy’s Landing bout 8 p.m. Sunday.

When Jeffersonville police arrived, LMPD officers were at the scene along with the man and woman believed to have been involved in a physical altercation.

A man, who had been on the river on a jet ski, reported he saw a man, later identified as Bryan Payton, 43, of Salem, “swing both arms in a downward motion toward a female,” and the female, “was holding her arms up in a defensive position,” according to the police report.

Police spoke with the woman, Payton’s wife, who was still sitting in the boat tied off to a dock at Duffy’s Landing.

She was “very upset and crying profusely,” according to the police report.

The woman told police she had lightly slapped Payton on the back of his head because he was insulting her dead mother.

She said her husband respond by pushing her down on the deck of the boat, and when she tried to get up, he of punched her in the chest. She again got up, she told police, and Payton struck her in the torso area, putting her on the ground a third time, at which time he grabbed her by the neck with one hand and began to choke her.

The woman was very upset as she told police she didn’t want her husband to go to jail and that he “had not punched her very hard.”

Police reported that the woman said Payton was arrested for battery in the past, but she had the charges dropped.

Payton was arrested on D felony strangulation and domestic battery preliminary charges.

Road trip turns into road rage

Jeffersonville police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Allison Lane about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of a physical altercation.

Robert W. Harmon, 24, of Fort Wayne, who was later arrested, told the responding officer that he was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle when his mother’s boyfriend, a Hispanic man, sitting in a rear seat, said, “I hate white people.”

A verbal argument ensued between the two men, and Harmon unbuckled his seatbelt to turn around and punch his mother’s boyfriend in the face, he told police.

The driver then pulled the vehicle over on Allison Lane because of the altercation.

Harmon told police he exited the vehicle, which belongs to his mother, to continue the fight, but the other man had locked the door and would not exit the vehicle.

“Mr. Harmon, at that time, admitted to punching the window causing it to shatter, reaching inside the vehicle to unlock the door and pulling [the man] out of the vehicle and continually striking him in the body,” according to the police report.

The man was able to get way from Harmon without serious injury.

After Harmon was put into a patrol car to be taken to jail, he immediately began hitting his head on the vehicle’s window.

“As I opened the door, Mr. Harmon began yelling and cursing at officers, stating, ‘When he got out of jail he would find us and get his revenge.’”

Harmon was preliminarily charged with intimidation, a class D felony; battery, a class A misdemeanor; and public intoxication and criminal mischief, both class B misdemeanors.

Man arrested after home dispute

Clark County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a Charlestown home in the 7200 block of Hibernia Road about 8 p.m. for a domestic dispute.

On the deputy’s arrival, a woman said she had been strangled by her husband, Jason Morrow, 34. She reported her husband was intoxicated and that they had been arguing about money.

“She stated during the argument, Mr. Morrow had thrown frozen meat at her from the refrigerator, slapped her in the face numerous times, thrown her on the ground multiple times and had wrapped his hands around her neck strangling her,” according to the police report.

The woman was bleeding from her knees and ear, had a bruise on her body from being hit with the frozen meat, had swelling around both eyes and had redness around her neck and chest.

When police were in the home and called for Morrow, he came from a bedroom “ ... visibly intoxicated and yelling, ‘You’re not allowed in my house,” according to the police report.

“[The woman] seemed to be scared of Mr. Morrow asking numerous times if he was taken to jail yet,” according to the report. “She stated  [Morrow] drank eight to 16 beers that day and became abusive verbally and physically.”

Morrow was arrested and preliminarily charged with domestic battery and strangulation, a class D felony.

Police reported JPD had been at the same residence the day before for a similar call, but Morrow could not be found at that time.