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Columbus police officers arrested a Hope man after responding to repeated calls he was battering a former girlfriend, and threatening to kill responding officers, police said.
Joshua Lee Fivecoat, 30, of 9180 N. County Road 800N, was arrested Sunday on charges of three counts of intimidation, two counts of battery, strangulation, criminal confinement and resisting law enforcement.
In a scenario that played out three times during the weekend, Fivecoat would show up at the 27-year-old woman’s apartment in the 700 block of McClure Road, and either physically assault his former girlfriend or threaten to hit her then fleeing before officers arrived, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
The woman told investigators that at 5:13 a.m. Saturday, Fivecoat had choked and battered her, and torn up several pieces of furniture while their two children, ages 1 and 5, were asleep, Myers said. When officers were again summoned early Saturday afternoon to the same apartment, the ex-girlfriend said he had battered her in a similar fashion, Myers said.
Shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, Fivecoat returned, banging at the woman’s apartment door and threatening to stab officers if she phoned for help, Myers said. When Lt. Mike Richardson respond to her call, Fivecoat was not there, Myers said.
Police searched the neighborhood east of Garland Brook Cemetery and other areas after each call, but they were unable to locate Fivecoat, Myers said.
After other officers left Sunday morning, Richardson was still nearby when Fivecoat returned a few minutes later and confronted the suspect behind the woman’s apartment, Myers said.
After refusing Richardson’s repeated commands to lie down on the ground, Fivecoat assumed a fighting stance and invited the officer to shoot him, Myers said. Fivecoat was subdued after being shocked twice by stun guns, and remained defiant on his way to jail and threatened to shoot police if they ever tried to apprehend him again, Myers said.
Fivecoat was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 11:10 a.m. Sunday. As of Monday afternoon, Fivecoat was still behind bars in lieu of a $23,500 surety bond or $2,350 cash.
Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.
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