Child calls dispatch to report assault

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin man is behind bars after a child called 911 to report an ongoing assault.

Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Cook reported in the arrest citation that on Saturday morning, January 27, law enforcement received a call that Pat Arnett, 25, of South River Road, Salyersville, was holding his girlfriend inside her apartment with a knife to her neck. 

Neighbors told police they heard the couple fighting, but that it was “normal and they didn’t think anything of it.” 

Deputy Cook knocked on the door, but no one answered. After noticing a drop of blood on the floor in front of the door, he had the landlord of the apartments open the door. 

Once inside the apartment, the female told Cook where Arnett was hiding, which was in a two-year-old’s closet under clothing. 

Law enforcement told Arnett to come out from under the clothes and remain calm, however, he reportedly responded to the directions by screaming.

The female in the apartment had a cut on her arm and under her neck, which Cook inferred was from the knife Arnett allegedly held on her while telling her to not answer the door. 

The two-year-old child in the home had reportedly been hit by Arnett on the left front side of the head and EMS was called to check on the toddler.

The alleged assault reportedly took place in front of both children, the two-year-old and the older child who called police.

Arnett told police the female let him inside the residence, but she said he broke in at 4 a.m. while she was sleeping. Arnett also admitted he did not live with her.

At press time, Arnett is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing charges for first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing.

A preliminary hearing is slated in the felony case for February 5 at 9:15 a.m.

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