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July 9, 2014

Woman beaten in Utica home

Sheriff arrests two, two others wanted in assault and robbery

UTICA — Two women and two men have been charged in a reported assault and robbery at a Utica home.

Brittany Harris, 22, Clarksville, and Autumn Grant, 20, Utica, were both arrested this week, although the alleged crime took place weeks earlier.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of brothers, Ryan Standifer, 22, and Joshua Standifer, 19, but neither man had been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.

All four have been charged with class B felony robbery [defendant armed or resulting in bodily injury]  and class C felony battery.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on Nettle Ridge Road about 10 a.m. June 1, after the homeowner, a 39-year-old man, called authorities.

A 21-year-old woman at the home told a responding officer that she and the homeowner were in the bedroom of the home when, “ ... all of a sudden, Autumn Grant and Brittany Harris came in and jumped on her and started beating her up,” according to the police report.

According to the probable cause affidavit, paramedics were called to the home after the woman was found with “ .. very noticeable injury to her face, arms, legs and head. She had a very large knot on her arm and was worried it was broken.”

The battered woman also reported that the homeowner had not been able to stop the assault because he had been held back by Ryan and Joshua Standifer.

She said once Harris and Grant stopped the attack, the men released the homeowner, who then left the home to call police.

The woman also reported that the homeowner had to go to the neighbor’s home to call police, as the four suspects stole their cell phones and her car keys.

Days after the incident, the homeowner gave police a similar account of the incident as had the woman in his home. He also reported that he and Grant had previously been a couple.

Police contacted Grant for comment, who said that she was attacked by the woman, and only acted in self defense, according to the report.

On June 5, police spoke with Joshua Standifer who reported that he, Grant, Harris and his brother had gone to the home days before to pick up the belongings of Grant who was in the process of moving out of the home.

Joshua Standifer said he did not witness the alleged assault.

A $50,000 court-bond has been set for each of the suspects.

The maximum penalty of the charges issued against each individual is 28 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

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