MYRTLE -- A Couch man, Justin S. Mardis, 22, has been arrested and charged with assault in the third degree.
According to a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Oregon County Deputy Darrin Sorrell was contacted by the dispatcher in the sheriff's office on April 10, at 8:49 p.m., that Tom Smith had called and said his granddaughter had been assaulted. Sorrell said in his report that the victim was at a residence behind the bar at Myrtle.
Sorrell said he arrived at where the victim, Violet Smith was, at 9:06 p.m. She stated that she went to see her boyfriend, Justin Mardis, and another girl, Rene Ryan, was at his house.
The report said Smith got mad and confronted Mardis about it. She said that Mardis pushed her several times and she pushed him back. Smith said Mardis punched her in the head. She said she tried to defend herself but Mardis grabbed her by her hair and punched her in the face, the report said.
Smith said Mardis then slammed her on the ground and put his knee on her head and kneed her in the side. She said he grabbed her up and pushed her into the car and backed away. Smith stated at that time she left and went to her grandfather's house, Sorrell reported.
Sorrell said he then went to talk to Mardis who was at Robert Martin's house. Mardis stated that Smith came to his house and threw a mug at a car. He said he tried to get her to leave but she started hitting him. Mardis said he tried pleading with her to leave but she hit him some more. Mardis said he tried to defend himself. Martin said Mardis was also trying to keep Smith from hitting Ryan.
In his report, Sorrell said Smith had scratches on her side and back from falling on the gravel and a bump on her head. He said he asked her if she needed medical attention and she refused. Sorrell said he told both Mardis and Smith not to be around each other the rest of the night and they both agreed.
Thayer Police Officer Terry Bounds reported that on April 24 his department received a call from Discount Liquor and Tobacco owner Bob Crase that someone came in his business, located on Business 63 in Thayer, and tried to buy alcohol with a fake I.D. Bounds said Crase gave a description of the vehicle and license plate number.
Bounds said he went south on U.S. 63 and observed a vehicle matching the description Crase had given him at the Beverage Shoppe.
In a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Bounds said he saw a male come out of the Beverage Shoppe and get into the driver's seat of the vehicle and drive off. Bounds said he activated his emergency lights and stopped the vehicle. He said Officer Michael Bunting pulled behind him to assist. Bounds said he asked the driver of the vehicle, Douglas T. Fortuna, 17, of Ash Flat, for his driver's license. Bounds said he told Fortuna that his office had a report that he was trying to buy alcohol with a fake I.D.
At first, Fortuna denied the charge. Bounds said he then told him he had just observed him leaving the Beverage Shoppe with a brown paper bag. The officer said Fortuna then pulled an I.D. out of his right front pocket and gave it to him. The I.D. belonged to Robert A. Christian and Fortuna said he found it at the river.
Fortuna gave the alcohol which was beer, whiskey and vodka to Bounds.
The officer asked if he had used the fake I.D. to purchase the alcohol and Fortuna said they did not card him.
Fortuna was charged with possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor.