Police arrested a 28-year-old man Wednesday who was wanted for allegedly battering his mother a few days earlier, according to Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo. The man resisted arrest.
Members of law enforcement responded to assist with the arrest on South Patterson Drive near West 3rd Street after a call that an officer needed assistance. Passers by would have seen more than half a dozen police surrounding the man around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Every law enforcement agency in the county would respond to a call for an officer needing assistance.
On December 20th a 28-year-old unhoused man became upset and violent with his mother as they arrived at Wheeler Mission, according to Pedigo. The man was being dropped off at the shelter.
The man grabbed his mother by the head, and shook her, and then hit her, said Pedigo. A witness saw the man grab her a second time, and intervened. The man let go and began walking towards Third Street. Police were unable to locate the man at the time.
An officer saw the man Wednesday, and attempted to take him into custody, but the man saw police and walked in the other direction, and later ignored police commands to surrender. At first the man backed away, and then he ran at officers trying to arrest him. An officer injured his knee as the man was taken to the ground.
During the arrest, a call went out that an officer needed assistance, and police, and members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded until enough arrived they were told to disregard. The man was taken to IU Health Bloomington to be checked for injuries, and then when cleared, taken to the Monroe County Jail.
The man is being charged with an A misdemeanor for domestic battery, and a level 6 felony for resisting law enforcement.