Saturday, January 14, 2017

Michigan: Jeffrey Barnes, 35, accused of throwing kittens, smashing phones, assault in rampage

MICHIGAN -- A Flint man was Tasered and jailed Thursday morning after an incident including domestic assault, throwing kittens into a snowbank breaking cell phones and more, Mount Pleasant Police report.

Officers were sent to a home in the 1000 block of Lyons Street about 10:45 a.m. for a 911 hang up call. The address has a history of domestic violence calls, and officers learned the suspect had fled the scene.

The suspect, identified as Jeffrey Barnes, 35, Flint, had become angry with the victim, a 32-year-old Mount Pleasant woman, with whom he had a domestic relationship. The two were in a vehicle, and the suspect exited the vehicle and walked away. The victim was still in the vehicle when the suspect hit the vehicle with a shovel.

The suspect then went to the home’s front porch, grabbed some kittens and threw them into a snow bank, a media release states.

The victim attempted to call 911 when the suspect took her phone and a struggle ensued. A roommate – a 31-year-old Mount Pleasant woman – saw the altercation and yelled that she was calling the police. The roommate closed the door and locked it. The suspect went to the house, kicked the front door in, took the roommate’s phone and assaulted the roommate.

The suspect returned to the victim, pushed her down to the ground and went through her pockets in an attempt to take her key to the vehicle. The suspect took the victim’s prescription medication and left the scene. While walking away from the scene, the suspect broke both victims’ phones.

Officers canvassed the area for the suspect and found him on the railroad tracks near Cherry Street. The suspect would not comply with officers’ requests and became aggressive towards them. The suspect eventually charged one of the officers, who deployed a Taser. After a struggle, the suspect was taken into custody.

Barnes was arraigned Friday on charges of home invasion, larceny from the person, interfering with electronic communications, controlled substance possession, assaulting resisting or obstructing police, animal cruelty, malicious destruction of building, malicious destruction of personal property, and assault.

Bond is set at $110,000 10 percent. Barnes remains lodged at the Isabella County Jail.

(Midland Daily News - January 13, 2017)