On Wednesday evening, Richmond Police were dispatched to investigate a domestic violence complaint in the Merrick Drive area. The complainant advised officers that they were able to hear a verbal argument and loud banging coming from a nearby residence, but was unable to make contact with the individuals who were there.
Upon police arrival, a female subject exited the residence in question, initially refusing to speak with officers. A male subject, Caleb Hannel of Richmond, allegedly refused to speak with officers as well. Authorities say that Hannel slammed the front door, and proceeded to swear at police and the female victim from a window.
During an interview with the victim, Hannel reportedly exited the residence and continued swearing at the officer which resulted in his detainment. At this time, police claim that Hannel used the handcuffs he was placed in to cause damage to the victim’s vehicle. Authorities also say that they detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Hannel’s person.
According to the arrest citation, officers stated that they observed bruising on the victim’s arms which was apparently inflicted by Hannel during an argument prior to police arrival.
Further reading of the citation indicates that Hannel made a claim that he was in possession of a large supply of thermite which was reportedly referenced in regards to the upcoming protest on Saturday.
Hannel was transported to the Madison County Detention Center where he was charged with 4th Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief, and 2nd Degree Disorderly Conduct.