David Simpson

David Simpson

A Logansport man who had an active warrant for his arrest was picked up Wednesday on new burglary and battery charges.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., Logansport police officers were dispatched to 830 18th St. where a man was reportedly tied up, according to a probable cause affidavit. Upon arrival, officers found David Dewayne Simpson, 40, on the ground with his hands tied behind his back with black coax cable and a silver phone charging cord.

When questioned by officers, Simpson stated that “he was randomly attacked by multiple individuals while walking in the alleyway and pulled into a residence and tied up and beaten,” according to the Logansport Police Department.

The three occupants of the house disagreed.

One resident stated that he had been cooking when he heard a knock on the door. Simpson allegedly then forced his way inside and began fighting with the first resident, who was later joined by a second resident.

They informed officers that Simpson had sprayed them with pepper spray and struck one person with a baseball bat in the back of his shoulder, according to the LPD.

As the trio continued to fight, the third occupant of the 18th Street home came to the aid of his friends by helping bring Simpson to the floor using Simpson’s pepper spray against him and striking Simpson in the leg with the bat, according to the report. The three residents then tied Simpson’s hands behind his back and called for help.

According to one of the residents, Simpson allegedly told him that “a man named Juan from Kokomo had paid him to come to the residence and beat someone up,” the report stated. The resident further added that he thought the incident was linked to a conversation he had with a married woman.

Simpson was placed in handcuffs and transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital for medical clearance before being booked in the Cass County Jail.

He was charged with burglary as a Level 2 felony and three counts of battery with a deadly weapon as Level 6 felonies.

Cass Superior Court 2 Judge Lisa Swaim found probable cause for the arrest Thursday. She set an initial hearing for 8 a.m. today with bond set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety.

However, due to a probation violation of a felony Cass County Superior Court 1 case for operating a vehicle after being an habitual traffic offender, Simpson has a probation hold, so he remains behind bars.

Simpson also faces felony charges for operating a vehicle after being an habitual traffic offender in Judge Lynn Murray’s Howard County Circuit Court. Jury trial for this case is set for 8:30 a.m. March 9.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150.

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