Man arrested for second domestic abuse incident of the week

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | 8:36 p.m. CDT; updated 5:42 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — A man accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend was arrested Tuesday after trying to run from police, Columbia police said.

Derrick Victor Petty, 18, was arrested Tuesday two days after being charged with four counts of domestic assault and three other felonies, Columbia police Lt. Dianne Bernhard said. He was being held Wednesday evening at Boone County Jail on $60,000 bond.

At about 9:34 a.m. police responded to a disturbance at the Motel 6 at 1800 Interstate 70 Drive S.W. According to court documents, Petty saw the officers and ran to the Days Inn Hotel at 1900 I-70 Drive S.W, where he was arrested for violating the victim’s order of protection against him, Bernhard said.

“When a person violates an ex parte, they have disregarded what the judge tells them to do,” Bernhard said. “We look at them as a more serious offender.”

The victim, who is seven months pregnant, told police that the suspect shoved, choked and punched her while trying to wrestle his cell phone away from her. According to court documents, police noted scratch marks on the victim’s face, red marks on her neck and a bruise on her right thigh. Two witnesses corroborated the victim’s account, according to the probable cause statement. The victim told police that the suspect is the father of her unborn child.

Petty is facing numerous charges stemming from an incident on April 6 in which he is accused of firing a gun outside of the same woman’s house on the 1000 block of North Garth Avenue. Witnesses told police he also threatened to “shoot the house up” if she did not come outside.

According to court documents, Petty then broke into the house and dragged the victim out and across the yard by her hair. He punched her in the stomach and struck her arms and legs several times, court documents said. He then stood over her with a rock and threatened to hit her in the head with it, witnesses told police. When police arrived, Petty ran away but was arrested after a short pursuit.

Petty was released on $21,000 bond. He has been charged with felony second-degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon, felonious restraint, resisting arrest and three counts of misdemeanor third-degree domestic assault.

Petty is scheduled to be arraigned April 24 in connection with a Sept. 17 incident in which he is accused of assaulting a juvenile with the help of a second suspect. Police said Petty and an unnamed accomplice assaulted the juvenile with several objects, including a large wooden stick after the two got into an argument about Petty’s statements and actions towards another woman. The juvenile, left bleeding and unconscious, was transported by ambulance to the emergency room and was treated for broken ribs and head lacerations.

Petty has been charged with second-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the September incident.

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