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Man charged in assault of mother

December 02, 1997

Man charged in assault of mother

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A 31-year-old Hagerstown man was being held on $100,000 bond Monday, accused of domestic violence directed against his mother the day before Thanksgiving, Hagerstown City Police said.

Robert Harvey Dunnavant, of 25 Broadway, was taken into custody Nov. 26 after neighbors complained they could hear the sounds of "someone being beat up.''

Charges include second-degree assault and the false imprisonment of Helen Louise Dunnavant at the apartment they shared, according to Washington County District Court records.

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Police showed up at 12:15 p.m. and Helen Dunnavant came to door with her son standing directly to her right, court records said.

Robert Dunnavant became immediately hostile when his mother began telling the officers that he had hit her in the head and she was in pain, court records said.

When asked by police for his side of the story, Robert Dunnavant kept saying "she's nuts," court records said.

Questioned by police in another room, Helen Dunnavant said her son had been hitting her since 7 a.m. that day. She had marks on her neck and left shoulder, police said.

Helen Dunnavant said she was sorry that her son was going to jail but that she had been a virtual prisoner in her own home since he came to live with her, according to court records.

She told police she wasn't allowed to leave the house or answer the telephone, court records said.

On the way to police headquarters, Robert Dunnavant allegedly kicked the back of the cruiser and became belligerent, court records said.

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