OKEECHOBEE — A local man is being held without bond following his arrest for allegedly hitting his wife and a female neighbor who was trying to help her, then fighting with two deputies.
Jason Daniel Harrington, 39, U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested on felony charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and resisting a law enforcement officer with violence. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.
Harrington was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, and is currently being held in the Okeechobee County Jail.
According to an arrest report by Deputy Yero Todman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), Harrington and his 34-year-old wife were embroiled in a verbal argument that escalated into a physical confrontation.
Harrington, continued the deputy, was in a “violent rage” when he “punched” his wife in the face and head.
She was able to get away from him and reportedly fled to a neighbor’s home for safety. However, stated the deputy’s report, the victim’s husband followed her to the woman’s home. When he couldn’t get into the woman’s home, he allegedly forced his way in and damaged a door in the process.
Deputy Todman’s report then documented how Harrington punched the neighbor twice in the upper shoulder then pushed her against a cabinet near the rear entrance to the home.
Harrington then allegedly grabbed his wife by the hair on her head and dragged her into the living room, then out the front door.
Neighbors then helped her escape a second time, pointed out the deputy’s report.
When Deputy Todman and Deputy Jonathan Kemp tried to arrest the enraged man, he apparently was not ready to calm down. Harrington “… actively fought and resisted …” both deputies, stated the report.
The two deputies were finally able to take the 6-foot, 220-pound, Harrington to the ground and handcuff him.
Four other neighbors either witnessed the victim fleeing from her husband, or his attacking his wife and the woman who was trying to help the victim.
One witness reportedly told Deputy Todman that Harrington “… began to act crazy, shoving and hitting (his wife).”
“I was not able to interview Jason due to his aggressive behavior,” stated Deputy Todman in his report.
Harrington’s arraignment has been set for March 10 at 10 a.m.
Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News