Police: Man Assaulted Three Family Members
A Springdale man faces three domestic assault or battery charges, including one felony aggravated assault, after police said he attacked three members of his family Friday night.
Jerry Moppin, 47, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Saturday morning and released on $5,000 bond, according to the Sheriff’s Department website. Moppin has a Feb. 13 court date.
A preliminary police report said Moppin’s 33-year-old son, Jason, told officers he heard his step mother scream in the living room of the Moppin’s home Friday night on Carter Avenue. Jason said his father was choking his step mother, Brenda, so he pulled his father off and restrained him, the report said.
Jason told officers this just made his father more violent and he ordered his father to leave, the report said, but Jerry Moppin told his son he was going to get his gun and “blow his head off.” Jason’s wife, Cherokee, and Brenda Moppin tried to prevent Jerry Moppin from coming back into the living room with the gun, and Moppin shoved Cherokee across the room, the report said.
Jason told officers that he was leaving the house with his children when he saw his wife pushed, so he returned and was able to take the gun away from his father, the report said. Jason Moppin held his his father until just before officers arrived and Jerry Moppin was arrested.
Moppin faces a felony charge of aggravated domestic assault and two misdemeanor charges of third-degree domestic battery. Police took a .22 caliber gun as evidence but the report did not specify whether it was a handgun or rifle.