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Horsehoe man faces battery and theft charges

Thursday, October 20, 2005

A Horseshoe Bend man has been charged with stealing a jar filled with coins and attacking its owner.

Brenton N. Needle, 19, has been charged with battery in the second degree, a class D felony; and theft of property, a class A misdemeanor.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Department, Needle broke into Anthony Crouch's Horseshoe Bend home at approximately 3 a.m. on Oct. 9.

Investigator James Humphries of the Izard County Sheriff's Department said Crouch woke up after Needle hit him in the head with a tire iron.

Humphries said Needle struck Crouch several times during the assault. Before leaving the house, Needle took approximately $15 in quarters and another jar filled with assorted coins, Humphries said.

Crouch was transported from the scene by ambulance to the Fulton County Hospital in Salem where he was treated for lacerations to his head and multiple broken fingers.

During an interview Oct. 11 Crouch identified Needle as the man who attacked him, according to the arrest affidavit.

Crouch told investigators that Crouch first met Needle the day before the attack, Humphries said. He said an unnamed female introduced Crouch to Needle.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Needle and a female accomplice may be charged with further offenses.

Needle is being held in the Izard County jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. He is slated to appear in Izard County Circuit Court in November.

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