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June 17, 2013

CRIME BRIEFS: Report: Woman attacks neighbor, bites officer


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.

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