A 21-year-old Jasonville man has been formally charged in connection with a domestic battery altercation that took place last week in a Linton motel room.
James I. Roberts made an initial appearance in Greene Superior Court on Monday and was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a minor ---- a class D felony.
He was arrested Nov. 14 by Linton Police Department Officer Debbie McDonald-Miller following an alleged battery that took place in a room at the Park Inn at Linton.
Superior Court Judge Dena Martin appointed Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman to represent Roberts in court proceedings. She also issued a no contact order between Roberts and the alleged female victim in the case.
A pre-trial hearing was set for 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.
Roberts posted $400 cash bond and was released from jail and ordered to appear at the pre-trial hearing.
McDonald-Miller stated in a probable cause affidavit filed with the court that when she arrived at the motel room just after midnight on Nov. 14, she observed the victim standing next to a dresser and running her hand through her hair and "handfuls were coming out."
McDonald asked why her hair was falling out and she started to cry and replied that Roberts had pulled it.
The victim said her 3-year-old son was with them in the motel room and had been playing a game on Roberts' phone. Roberts was asleep.
She told police the game stopped when a text message from another female was received.
The victim woke Roberts up to question him about the text message and he allegedly became irate and started yelling at her.
The victim alleged that Roberts pinned her to the floor and began hitting her in the head and pulling her hair out.
"She said that when she got up and was walking to the bathroom, James (Roberts) was walking behind her and he struck her in the back of the head with a closed fist causing a knot and pain," McDonald-Roberts wrote in the probable cause affidavit.
Roberts told police that the victim woke him up and started yelling at him. He said the victim came at him and attempted to hit him in the face with a closed fist.
Roberts said he grabbed the woman and pinned her to the floor, but at no time did he hit her.
Both the victim and Roberts said the 3-year-old boy was sitting on the bed crying while the altercation took place, according to court documents.