Domestic battery arrest made after argument draws the attention of neighbors

MITCHELL – A Mitchell man was arrested after Mitchell Police officers responded to a domestic fight Sunday in the 620 block of South 9th Street.

The volume of the argument was so loud the neighbors were drawn to go outisde to investigate the noise.

Richard Ayers

When officers arrived they found a woman in the roadway crying. The woman told police the fight started in the house when 28-year-old Richard Ayers pushed her against the wall.  The fight then proceeded outside. The woman said Ayers threw her to the ground and hit her head on a potted plant leaving a lump on her head. She said Ayers also threatened her with a knife.

She told police Ayers was now inside the home with the doors locked and armed with a knife and possibly suicidal.

Officers knocked on the door several times but Ayers failed to answer. Ayres finally answered the door when officers attempted to kick down the door. Ayers was uncooperative when officers attempted to handcuff him.

Ayers was arrested on charges of domestic battery and resisting arrest.

If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation and needs help, call Hoosier Hills PACT 24-hour crisis line at 1-888-883-1959 or visit their website at

The agency can provide emergency assistance with shelter to those in domestic violence situations.  Hoosier Hills PACT also provides assistance with court advocacy, protective orders, education, outreach programs, support groups, and more.