News and Tribune

January 5, 2014

Jeffersonville man threatens to kill police during arrest

Spits blood on officers, says he’s HIV positive


JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man is still behind bars following an investigation into a Christmas Eve stabbing at an area motel.

David Collins, 39, is being held under a $30,000 court-cash bond in the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex for six felony charges.

Jeffersonville police reported that on Dec. 24, officers were dispatched to Holiday Motel along 10th Street for a stabbing call.

Police located the victim who was found with blood coming from his arm and leg areas. The man was able to direct officers to the motel room where Collins was believed to have gone after the incident.

Officers responded to the area and reported seeing Collins by looking through a window of the motel room strike a woman inside the room. One of the officers attempted to kick open the locked door, according to the police report, and Collins began to hold the door closed.

The officer eventually kicked open the door and the woman inside attempted to exit, but was being held back by Collins, police reported.

“Several officers were outside the door with guns pointed at the subjects,” according to the probable cause affidavit. “The male raised his hands. I yelled for the female to step outside and way from the man. She refused to do this.”

Police then pulled the woman, who was bleeding from the face, from the room.

Collins was also seen with blood coming from his face and head area.

He refused, at this time, officers’ orders to get down on the ground, police reported.

“Several orders were given for the subject to get down before he dropped to his knees. He continued to cuss and scream at us during this time,” police reported.

Police reported kicking Collins in the stomach area to get him to comply and lie on the ground. An open knife was found in his back pocket, at this time, police reported.

Using a slew of expletives, Collins explained to police he had recently served 15 years and prison and wasn’t threatened by prosecution in Indiana.

After EMS responded to the scene, Collins continued to be combative with paramedics, police reported.

“During this time [Collins] is spitting blood at officers and was told to stop to no avail. He stated ‘[expletive] you bastards. I hope you get my AIDS and die,’” according to the affidavit. “In order to get him to stop spitting, a drive stun was administered. He stopped spitting, but continued to yell.”

After Collins was forced onto an EMS gurney, he reportedly made claims of killing the police officers involved in his arrest.

Police reported Collins continued to be hostile after he was taken to Clark Memorial Hospital for treatment.

During this time, police reported that Collins said, “Prison is just a warm place to stay ... ” and how easy Indiana courts and the state’s Department of Corrections are on offenders.

As Collins was escorted out of the hospital after being treated, and a physical altercation with police ensued. The fight involved him being placed on the hood of a JPD patrol car.

According to the affidavit, a wound recently stitched on Collins’ eye began to bleed and he swung his head about causing blood to fly from the wound.

“You [expletive] did it now, and I hope you die,” Collins said, according to the affidavit. “I hope you [expletive] get my AIDS.”

Emergency room officials soon responded by placing a spit hood over Collins’ face.

As Collins continued to be combative, police again administered a drive stun to force his compliance.

Collins has been charged with battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury; battery resulting in serious bodily injury to an endangered adult; and two counts battery by body waste with Hepatitis B, HIV or Tuberculoses, all class C felonies. He has also been charged with two counts class D felony intimidation and resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury, both class A misdemeanors.

A jury trial in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 has been scheduled in May.