Latest Assault and battery News

Suspect in fatal Indiana road rage beating caught in Florida

Aug. 17, 2018 8:16 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of beating a 60-year-old man who subsequently died of a heart attack during an apparent road rage attack in northeastern Indiana has been arrested in Florida. WANE-TV reports Brandon M. Cook was taken into custody Thursday evening and booked into the...

In Uganda, a pop star takes on a president, at his peril

Aug. 17, 2018 7:52 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In his red beret and jumpsuit the Ugandan pop star Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, leads cheering campaigners down a street, punching the air and waving the national flag. Once considered a marijuana-loving crooner, the 36-year-old "ghetto child" is an unlikely new...

Charges dropped against brother of man killed by police

Aug. 17, 2018 7:35 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the brother of a man fatally shot by Chicago police during a confrontation with an off-duty firefighter. Michael Beal, of Indianapolis, had faced felony charges, including aggravated battery of a police officer. The Chicago Tribune reports...

Police: Boy repeatedly stabs girl during school assembly

Aug. 16, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A boy stood up and repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old girl during an assembly at an Oklahoma high school on the first day of classes Thursday and she was airlifted to a hospital, a local sheriff's spokesman said. Mark Opgrande, spokesman for the Oklahoma County sheriff, said the...

Woman, 74, grabs man by his 'weak spot' to fend off attack

Aug. 16, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MIDFIELD, Ala. (AP) — A 74-year-old woman who was being beaten and robbed at an Alabama shopping center was rescued by passersby who pulled the attacker out of her car and held him until authorities arrived, police said. Brenda Stinson says she thought her life was about to end, but fought back against her...

Doctor killed, assistant injured in stabbing in Germany

Aug. 16, 2018 4:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a doctor has been killed and an assistant seriously injured in a stabbing at a medical practice in southwestern Germany. Police in the city of Offenburg, near the French border, said the attack happened at about 8.45 a.m. Thursday. A male suspect was arrested in the city a little...

Cuban dissident says he's been released, still faces charges

Aug. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Cuban dissident who was jailed after a car crash involving a security official says he has been released from custody but could still face charges. Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia said in a call from Cuba to supporters in Miami that he has been accused of assaulting the official. Journalists...

Van Damme's son pleads guilty in Arizona knife incident

Aug. 15, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for holding his roommate at knifepoint at their apartment in suburban Phoenix. Nicholas Van Varenberg had a change of plea hearing Wednesday. He's now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 3 and authorities say...

Indicted ex-officer released from jail until October trial

Aug. 15, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Baltimore police officer indicted on assault charges for punching a man has pleaded not guilty and been released from custody by a judge until his trial in October. The Baltimore Sun reports Arthur Williams entered his plea Wednesday to charges of first- and second-degree assault...

Man charged in Walmart shooting apologizes in court

Aug. 15, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

WYNCOTE, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia man apologized as he was arraigned on charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault in a shooting that wounded several people in a Walmart near the city. Keenan Jones, 30, apologized in a Montgomery County courtroom Wednesday, saying he hadn't slept for five...