An Indiana man was arrested on an Adel Police Department warrant Monday in connection with a July 20 incident in which he injured his hand after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle and then falsely reporting to police he was assaulted.
Steven Michael Kerr, 30, of Crown Point, Ind., was charged with false report to public entity and fourth-degree criminal mischief in connection with the incident, which was omitted from the Adel Police Department’s weekly report of July 23.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dallas County District Court, Adel Police Department Officer Terry Wright responded to a call at 1404 Greene St. in Adel July 20 about 11:20 p.m., “”regarding a male subject stating he had been stabbed.”
Wright said he spoke with Kerr, who claimed “he was involved in an altercation with another male who had swung a knife or razor blade at his face.” Kerr told Wright “that he was covering his face with his hands, and his right hand was struck with something.”
Wright said he saw two bleeding cuts on Kerr’s right hand. The Dallas County EMS responded, and Kerr was transported to a local hospital.
“He informed me,” Wright said, “that this altercation was due to the fact that his current girlfriend had broken up with him and told him he had to leave as she was seeing someone else.”
In his investigation of the incident, Wright said he spoke with witnesses at the apartment complex who disputed Kerr’s claim, and he contacted the apartment manager and requested to see security video surveillance footage from the parking lot.
“When I viewed it,” Wright said, “I could clearly see that the defendant had been punching the ex-girlfriend’s car in the parking lot with his right hand before he called police. At 23:22 it shows him outside the apartment door, and his hand is not bleeding. Then at 23:27 he returns to the apartment door after punching the vehicle and notices his hand is now bleeding and calls to report that he had been assaulted.”
Kerr was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of damage he allegedly inflicted on the vehicle, which he also kicked as well as punched. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $700.
Kerr is held in the Dallas County Jail on an $1,000 cash-only bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9.
Kerr pleaded guilty in June 2017 in Dallas County District Court to a charge of third-degree harassment. The victim in the 2017 case lived at the same address and owns the vehicle Kerr punched and kicked last week.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.