Photo: Contributing Writer
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Police: Man knocked girlfriend unconscious, broke her son’s nose in apartment parking lot

Assault charges were brought against a man accused of attacking his girlfriend and her son in the parking lot of an apartment complex, according to a police report.

Police were called on a report of a woman knocked unconscious in the 5000 block of College Corner Pike at 1:26 a.m. April 30 and arrived to find her lying on the back parking lot near the Dumpsters, still unconscious with her 16-year-old son sitting next to her. An EMS squad was called. The alleged attacker, identified as “DJ,” had fled the scene.

The juvenile told police his mother and her boyfriend, Donald Jason Hamilton, 37, had been arguing inside the apartment, and she went outside for a walk to cool off. The son said he went with her but when they returned, DJ approached them, still angry. He said the man hit his mother, knocking her to the ground where she went unconscious. He said the man punched him in the face when he tried to defend his mother.

The report noted the juvenile was bleeding heavily from his nose, which was flattened and swollen and appeared broken. Officers were sent out to look for Hamilton and the squad arrived to take the juvenile and his mother, still unconscious, to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital.

Hamilton was located and detained at Vine Street and College Avenue.

The primary officer went to the hospital and photographed the juvenile’s injuries. His mother was now conscious, but groggy, and bleeding from her left ear.

When he arrived to interview Hamilton, the officer noticed damage to both of his hands. One hand had a cut on one knuckle while the other had a cut on one knuckle and was red. Hamilton agreed to speak to him without an attorney present.

Hamilton said he and the woman had been drinking and she was arguing with her son, and that continued out onto the parking lot. He said he had stepped between the two but did not know how she ended up on the ground. He denied punching the juvenile but said he was not sure how he got the lacerations on his hands, one of which the officer described as looking like a tooth mark.

He was charged with two counts of assault and taken to the Butler County Jail, but because of the lacerations on his hands, he was denied entry. He was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital for treatment and left in the care of medical staff.

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