Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 24, 2013

Man arrested after battering female acquaintance

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

NEW POINT — A Greensburg man alleged to have violently attacked a female acquaintance at a New Point motel was arrested earlier this week, and he now faces felony battery charges.

According to court documents, Joseph D. Taylor II, 43, of 2423 West County Road 400 South, Greensburg, has been charged with domestic battery, a class “D” felony, following the alleged assault.

Ordinarily a misdemeanor charge, the battery count in Taylor’s case has been upgraded to felony status, due to a previous battery conviction in Decatur County in June 2005.

A police report summarizing the case states Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the New Point Food Mart after a caller reported a bleeding woman had entered the store. The woman identified Taylor as her assailant, and stated he had hit her with a maul handle or a baseball bat. The victim suffered injuries to her face and head in the attack, which resulted in various bloody wounds.

Police located Taylor at a relative’s residence a few hours later, who was arrested without incident.

Taylor is alleged to have been intoxicated at the time of his arrest Wednesday afternoon. Police reports maintain he told law enforcement officials he and the woman exchanged blows over a broken social engagement at the Highway 46 Motel in New Point that morning.

Taylor did not appear to be injured in the fight. The motel room in which the fight is alleged to have occurred was found to have multiple blood stains, which were photographed by police.

A cash bond in the amount of $1,205 was set following Taylor’s arrest. The suspect remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail at press time Friday.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056