Velpen Couple Arrested for Domestic Battery

Indiana State Trooper John Davis responded to a call Wednesday night, at about 9:25 pm to 5073 South CR 1000 East near Velpen after Pike County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a battery between a boyfriend and his girlfriend.

23 year old Ashley Cruze answered the door of the residence and Davis immediately observed multiple bruises on her face.  Davis also found 25 year old Lucas Clements, Cruze’s boyfriend also present and observed injuries to his face.

Further investigation determined Cruze and Clements were involved in an argument and they battered each other while his five-year-old son and her five-month-old daughter were present inside the residence.

Clements and Cruze were arrested and taken to the Pike County Jail where they are currently being held without bond. The children were released to their grandparents.

Both face Class D Felony Charges of Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child.

• Lucas Clements, 25, 5073 S. CR 1000 East, Velpen, IN
• Ashley Cruze, 23, 5073 S. CR 1000 East, Velpen, IN
1. Domestic Battery in Presence of a Child, Class D Felony

Arresting Officer: Trooper John Davis, Indiana State Police

Assisting Agency: Pike County Sheriff’s Department

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