Fam­ily fight ends in mul­ti­ple ar­rests

The Covington News - - Local news - By Tisa Smart Wash­ing­ton

What should have been a peace­ful fam­ily gath­er­ing Sun­day turned into a melee end­ing with of­fi­cers of the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rest­ing a man, his wife and her mother. James Cruik­shank was charged with ob­struc­tion, dis­or­derly con­duct and bat­tery; his wife, Gigi Cruik­shank, was charged with ob­struc­tion and dis­or­derly con­duct; and her mother, Peggy Capes, was charged with pub­lic drunk­en­ness. Mathew Roberts, who was also in­volved in the fray, was de­tained but not ar­rested by of­fi­cers, ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port.

Around mid­night on Dec. 28, of­fi­cers were called to a home on Crestview Drive in re­sponse to a neigh­bor’s com­plaint of a fam­ily fight. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, beer cans were found strewn around the front yard, but no one was out­side.

Min­utes later, Roberts, who ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated, emerged from the garage and in­formed of­fi­cers that he, James Cruik­shank and Gigi Cruik­shank had a been in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion but that ev­ery­thing was fine. In­side the home, Gigi Cruik­shank was ques­tioned by of­fi­cers and con­firmed Roberts’ story.

When Gigi Cruik­shank was asked if there was any­one else in­side the home, Roberts be­came irate — curs­ing and re­fus­ing to com­ply with of­fi­cers’ or­ders. When of­fi­cers tried to hand­cuff Roberts, he be­came com­bat­ive and had to be es­corted out­side the res­i­dence by of­fi­cers, who placed him in a po­lice ve­hi­cle.

Gigi Cruik­shank was ques­tioned by of­fi­cers about her hus­band’s where­abouts but re­fused to an­swer of­fi­cers, who searched the res­i­dence and found James Cruik­shank in a room at the rear of the home.

James Cruik­shank got into a ver­bal and phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with of­fi­cers and had to be es­corted out­side the home, where he be­came more ag­gres­sive. Of­fi­cers used phys­i­cal force and Tasers to sub­due James Cruik­shank, who was ar­rested and placed in the po­lice ve­hi­cle. When EMS work­ers ar­rived at the home, he was al­lowed out of the po­lice car to re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Once he was checked by EMS work­ers, he re­fused to get back in the car, again be­com­ing com­bat­ive. Of­fi­cers again used the Taser to sub­due him. James Cruik­shank was trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and charged with ob­struc­tion, dis­or­derly con­duct and bat­tery.

While po­lice were at­tempt­ing to hand­cuff James Cruik­shank, Gigi Cruik­shank ran out­side the res­i­dence and grabbed of­fi­cers, try­ing to pre­vent them from ar­rest­ing her hus­band. Gigi Cruik­shank was ar­rested and charged with ob­struc­tion and dis­or­derly con­duct.

When Peggy Capes, Gigi Cruik­shank’s mother, ar­rived at the home by car, she also got into an al­ter­ca­tion with of­fi­cers and re­fused to com­ply with their or­ders. Of­fi­cers re­ported smelling al­co­hol on Capes and charged her with pub­lic drunk­en­ness.

War­rants are be­ing sought in all the cases as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

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