News and Tribune

March 25, 2014

Jeffersonville police make battery arrests

Two men jailed in unrelated incidents

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — A 19-year-old man was arrested by Jeffersonville police Sunday following accusations he strangled the mother of his child while she slept with their infant daughter.

Antonio Reyna, 19, Crestwood, Ind., has been preliminarily charged with class B felony criminal confinement, class D felony strangulation and a felonious charge of domestic battery.

Police were called about 5:30 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 1500 block of 10th Street in Jeffersonville where the woman, 19, and her female roommate, 18, reside.

According to the police report, the roommate had called police after Reyna attacked his child’s mother.

After police arrived to the home, the mother reported that she and Reyna are no longer dating, but that he is allowed to stay at the home “off and on so that he could see their 6-month-old daughter.”

Police were told while the mother of Reyna’s child was asleep with the child, she was “abruptly woken by Mr. Reyna who was on top of her choking her. While Mr. Reyna was choking [the woman], he, with an open hand, smacked her approximately six times on the left side of the face,” according to the police report.

The woman reported to police she physically struggled and screamed to be let go, but Reyna refused to let her up.

“[The woman] was also in fear for her life thinking Mr. Reyna was trying to kill her,” according to the police report.

With the help of the roommate, the women were able to stop the attack, police reported.

“During this whole ordeal, [the woman’s] daughter ... was laying on the bed and was in between Mr. Reyna and [the woman],” according to the report.

Police found the woman with injuries to her neck, face and chest, but she refused medical treatment.

Reyna was taken from the home to the Clark County jail. The date of his upcoming court appearance was not available on online court records as of press time.

Spring Street fight leads to arrest, hospitalization

A fight near Industrial Nightmare, a Halloween-themed haunted house, along Spring Street in Jeffersonville resulted in one man being jailed, and another being taken to University of Louisville Hospital for possible internal injuries.

After his arrest at about 11 p.m. March 19, Kevin Burckhalter, 42, Louisville, was charged in a Clark County Circuit court with battery committed by means of deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony.

According to the police report, a Jeffersonville police officer was waved down by two people in a vehicle who had witnessed a physical altercation between Burckhalter and another man.

Burckhalter was found at the scene sitting on a curb and the other man was found lying on the ground and bleeding from the face.

The two witnesses told police they were traveling in a vehicle on Spring Street when they saw Burckhalter choking the other man in the parking lot of Industrial Nightmare.

“They stopped the car and then saw [the other man] fall to the ground and Burckhalter begin to kick [him] in the face repeatedly,” according to the police report.

A short time later the police officer was waved down and approached the scene. While there, Burckhalter told another officer that he and the other man had been walking together in the area “drinking and talking.”

Burckhalter claimed the other man continued to threaten him and, at one point, produced a small pocket knife. Police did not locate a knife in the man’s possession.

In an effort to justify his actions, Burckhalter told police, “After [the man] told me he was going to whoop me a third time, I had to put the brakes on that and I [expletive] him up.”

Police administered a portable breath test, which Burckhalter returned a .26 Blood Alcohol Content, more than three times the legal limit for motorist.

Burckhalter was taken for treatment at Clark Memorial Hospital, received medical clearance and transported to the Clark County jail.

The other man was also taken to Clark Memorial, and police were informed he had suffered a broken nose and a fractured orbital socket [an eye injury] and that he was going to be transferred to U of L Hospital from possible internal bleeding.