By Maggie Kenworthy
WARSAW — A Warsaw man is facing several charges after he allegedly battered a woman and a man who was attempting to intervene.
Austin Joe Newsome, 21, 180 South CR 400W, Warsaw, is being charged with domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony; battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony; domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor; criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor.
On June 25, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in reference to a battery. A woman caller said that she had been pushed to the ground by Newsome while holding a child. Before arriving at the scene, the officer received another call saying Newsome was fighting with additional people and was now pinned to the ground.
When the officer arrived, the officer observed several people at the residence, one of them being a male who had a bloody eyebrow. The injured man was interviewed and said he came to the residence because he had heard that Newsome was fighting people. The man had attempted to restrain Newsome but during the altercation was struck multiple times in the eye. He said that Newson also pushed him into a vehicle, causing a dent.
The officer spoke with Newsome who said he and the woman had been in an argument but that he did not batter her. A female witness said that she observed an argument between the victim and Newsome but did not see it become physical. She did confirm that the victim was holding a child, who was crying, during the altercation.
The victim spoke with the officer and said that she and Newsome had been arguing about a phone. During the argument, Newsome forcibly took her phone and pushed her to the ground. When the victim attempted to retrieve the phone, Newsome pushed her to the ground a second time. The victim began to leave the residence with a child in her arms when Newsome pushed her down a third time. The officer observed fresh scrapes on her knee and arm as well as multiple injuries.
Newsome was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Sept. 9, with a $5,250 surety and cash bond.