KENTUCKY -- City police were called to investigate a domestic violence complaint Saturday afternoon at a Sugg Street residence.
At 506 Sugg Street in Madisonville, the known address of 43-year-old Damon Berry, a female told responding officers that Berry had held her and her two children against their will for approximately two hours that day, according to an arrest citation.
The victim also told officers that Berry had thrown a television set at her and choked her during a fight while she held her 3-month-old child.
"(The victim) advised (Berry) had a knife and advised if police responded, he would kill her and her family," the citation said. "(The victim) advised (Berry) destroyed several items within the home as well as killed a small kitten during this incident."
A small, lifeless cat was reportedly found smashed beneath a large television in the living room. The home was also found to be in disarray, with several items overturned or broken, according to the citation.
"(The victim) advised (Berry) poured rubbing alcohol all over the residence and began to attempt to spark a cigarette lighter in an attempt to set fire to it," the citation added. "(The victim) advised (Berry) finally advised her to take her kids and get out."
Berry was said to have fled the area armed with a knife. Officers reported seeing Berry several blocks away, and then he ran into the woods nearby.
City police called Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies and K-9 to search for the suspect.
MPD reported Berry tried to run again, but was apprehended.
Police indicated they are looking into another incident believed to involve Berry, and more charges are pending against him.
Berry was listed as being held in Hopkins County Jail without bond.
Currently, Berry faces charges of fourth-degree assault/domestic violence, three counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree attempted arson, first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, three counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree cruelty to animals.
(SurfKY - June 11, 2017)