Woman charged with dis­or­derly con­duct at home­less shel­ter

The Covington News - - Obits - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

A 31-year-old woman was ar­rested Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter a fight at the home­less shel­ter with an­other res­i­dent.

When of­fi­cers from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rived, they spoke with Crys­tal Gayle Tum­lin, who they no­ticed had sev­eral scratches to her neck, and with the other woman who had been in­volved in the al­ter­ca­tion.

The vic­tim told of­fi­cers that she had gone into Tum­lin’s room to check on an­other woman who Tum­lin tended to “bully,” and while in the room, the two (she and Tum­lin) “had words” with one an­other. When she and her friend left the room and sat on a couch in the hall­way area, she said Tum­lin came out of the room, flung the door into her arm and threw some books down on the couch she was sit­ting on, then got in her face and be- gan yelling at her so she “reached up and grabbed Tum­lin to push her away from her,” which is where the scratches on Tum­lin’s neck came from.

Tum­lin told al­legedly told of­fi­cers that the other woman had asked her for a Sprite, and when she told her to go look in her drawer, the woman didn’t want to, so she went into her room to search for the soft drink. She said she never left her room and that the other woman came into her room and “started fuss­ing at her.”

She agreed that the ar­gu­ment con­tin­ued out­side the room and at the couch but said that the other woman pushed the door up against her foot so hard she was scared she would break it.

Although the two women in­volved had dif­fer­ing state­ments of the event, the wit­nesses all seemed to point the fin­ger at Tum­lin as the ag­gres­sor. She was ar­rested and trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where she was charged with dis­or­derly con­duct.


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