2017-05-03 / Front Page

Man to be charged for striking mother, neighbors

Law enforcement agencies from Morgan and Hampshire counties responded Tuesday morning to a physical domestic incident in Paw Paw that resulted in two people being injured and the accused being sedated.

Timothy Dale Ryan, 30, of no fixed address is expected to be charged with two counts of malicious wounding, brandishing a deadly weapon, destruction of property and obstructing an officer following the May 2 incident.

According to Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, Ryan’s mother had to flee her mobile home on Pacific Way after her son showed up on Tuesday morning, woke her up and demanded her car. When she refused, he repeatedly hit and kicked her and damaged the inside of her mobile home.

The mother fled on foot onto the street, where Ryan struck her in the head with a large rock. According to Bohrer, a 66-year-old neighbor attempted to talk to Ryan and calm him down. Ryan then took a 10-foot tree limb and struck the neighbor in the leg with it. Another neighbor also intervened and Ryan allegedly got a claw hammer and went after him with the tool, but wasn’t able to strike him.

Morgan County 911 received multiple calls as the incident unfolded in the street.

Bohrer said Ryan was still agitated and combative when police arrived on the scene, so officers subdued him and took him into custody. The Sheriff said Ryan, once in custody, started hitting his head against a barrier inside a patrol car, so he was removed and emergency personnel sedated him prior to transporting him to the hospital.

Bohrer said neither of the victims were transported for medical treatment.

Ryan was recently released from prison in Maryland, Bohrer said, and has a history of violent crime.

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