Halloween Costumes Cause Domestic Dispute, Assault

October 28, 2019

By Pat Maurer

A Mt. Pleasant man is facing multiple charges after violently assaulting his girlfriend at a Washington Street apartment Sunday afternoon.

The man was arrested Sunday, October 20th for domestic violence, malicious destruction of property and interfering with electronic communications.

Reportedly, his girlfriend said he became violent when he, his girlfriend and his brother were online looking at Halloween costumes. His girlfriend reported that for the previous two days he had been “controlling and jealous” and had taken her car keys away. The police report said the incident happened at the brother’s home.

Around 2:30, while the two were looking at costumes, she said he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her around the house, according to a police report. When she tried to call for help, she said he took the cell phone from her and punched it breaking the phone and a tablet they were using. His girlfriend reported he punched her in the face several times.

She escaped and fled outside to her car, where the man broke the vehicle windshield with a rock. She sped away and called police. She was transported to MidMichigan Medical Center emergency by Mobile Medical Response Service for her injuries, where she was evaluated.

The man denied punching his girlfriend and denied dragging her through the home, saying he had left the room to take a nap and woke to hear his girlfriend “screaming at [his brother] for breaking her iPad.”

Later he admitted to punching and breaking the tablet, “because he was upset with her,” but said the injuries on the woman’s face were “due to a past incident where she was hit in the face with a chair.”

Damages to the phone, tablet and windshield totaled approximately $1,000.

The suspect was lodged at the Isabella County Jail to await arraignment.

The police report was forwarded to the Mt. Pleasant Chippewa Tribal Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bay City. Criminal charges are possible.

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