Noisy gate leads to fight, battery charges in La Porte

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email
The victims told police that they had just arrived home from a bike ride and were entering their fence gate when the suspect yelled at them about the loud noise the gate makes when closing.

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On Saturday, June 14, at approximately 6:20 p.m., La Porte Police responded to a fight at 1007 Harrison St.

The victims told police that they had just arrived home from a bike ride and were entering their fence gate when the suspect, Eric J. Harrill, 39, of La Porte, yelled at them about the loud noise the gate makes when closing.

They stated Harrill had approached them before about fixing the gate.

On this day, the male victim said he and Harrill began to argue when Harrill kicked the gate off its hinges.

The male approached Harrill to keep him from damaging any more property when Harrill started to throw punches at the victim.

The two men wrestled to the ground when Harrill got up, ran to a nearby flower bed and picked up a brick. When Harrill attempted to throw the brick, it flew backwards out of his hands. He then retrieved another one and threw it through the rear window of the victims' 2010 Ford Focus.

During this time Harrill also assaulted the female victim, who tried to intervene, according to the report. She had facial injuries but refused medical treatment.

Harrill told police he'd spoken to the victims before, asking them to fix the noisy gate. On this date, he'd approached them again and kicked the gate from its hinges. The victim confronted him about the damage and Harrill picked up a brick, but accidently dropped it. He stated the male victim punched him and he (Harrill) picked up another brick and threw it at the vehicle. Harrill denied ever striking the female victim.

Harrill was taken into custody on charges of battery, a Class A misdemeanor and disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

A review of charges for the damage to the gate and vehicle was forwarded to the La Porte County Prosecutor's Office.


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