June 11, 2014

Tuttle man accused of running from police during domestic abuse investigation

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


A Tuttle man was arrested June 1 after he allegedly hit his wife and ran from police after being questioned about the incident. 

An incident report details two Tuttle Police officers responded to a report of domestic abuse in process. 

"I arrived and saw two subjects I knew to be (the female victim) and Johnny Horn arguing on the front porch," the report states. "(She) was seated on the porch and Johnny was standing inside the house behind a window that had been broken."

The victim had a swollen and blackened eye, and blood around her face, according to the report. 

The victim said she was in a car with Horn when the two began arguing. She said Horn slapped her in the face several times and she put her arm up in an attempt to shield her head from being hit again, according to the report. 

The affidavit states the victim's injuries appeared consistent with her story. 

Another Tuttle officer attempted to make contact with Horn, who was still in the house. 

"I was able to smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Johnny's breath and person and he appeared to be extremely intoxicated," the report details. "I noticed Johnny had a small amount of blood on the right side of his shirt.  The blood did not appear to be from any injury that he had sustained.  Johnny had visible scratch marks on his neck.  I asked Johnny if I could come inside and speak to him and he said, 'No, get a warrant.'"

Horn claimed the victim threw a brick through his window, according to the report. Horn said he wanted his wife arrested. 

"I asked Johnny how (the victim) received her injuries and he became silent for about 10 seconds before yelling, 'self defense," the report states. 

Horn continued to be uncooperative, and upon being told he was under arrest door domestic abuse stepped backwards farther into the house. 

"Officer Peters then told me he was able to see Johnny attempting to flee out the rear door of the house.  I pursued Johnny into the back yard of the residence along with Officers Peters and Nunez.  Johnny was located in the back yard and ordered to the ground by Officer Nunez," the report states. 

Horn was arrested without further incident and booked into the Grady County Jail for domestic abuse and obstructing an officer.