Victor man charged after alleged baton attack

2013-08-07T13:30:00Z 2013-08-07T13:34:38Z Victor man charged after alleged baton attack Ravalli Republic

A 64-year-old Victor man is facing four felony assault charges after he allegedly attacked a man and three women with a 16-inch black baton.

Wayne E. Mooney was arrested Aug. 1 following a dispute at a Victor bar that led to the alleged altercation at a home on Tudor Street in Victor at 2:40 a.m.

Court records said the victims in the case reported that Mooney showed up at the residence angry about something that had occurred at the bar.

The four told law enforcement that Mooney began yelling that he would kill them and started swinging.

Steven Daniels reported being knocked out after being hit at least twice by Mooney. He told officers he believed he was hit with a baton.

The three women, Jennifer Ellan, Charmaine Jankanish and Jami Barkau, all reported seeing Daniels fall before being hit themselves with some sort of weapon.

Ravalli County Sheriff’s Cpl. Chris Colgan reported that all three women had the skin on their heads split open following the incident.

A 16-inch baton and 35-inch walking cane were seized from Mooney’s home.

Mooney told officers he didn’t have the baton with him at the time of the incident, according to an affidavit filed in the case. Mooney said he does take his cane wherever he goes and admitted that he was wearing three very large gold rings at the time of the assault.

Mooney also admitted to driving away from the scene while intoxicated, the affidavit said. He told officers that he feared being injured at the time.

Besides the four felony assault charges, Mooney was also charged with misdemeanor careless driving.

Mooney appeared Friday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey, who set bond at $2,500.

In other justice court news:

• Ronald Eugene Hatton, 54, of Hamilton was charged with felony criminal possession of a dangerous drug after Ravalli County sheriff’s deputies found a glass methamphetamine pipe inside his home.

The deputies responded to a call from Hatton, who said someone had been in his home and switched out his furniture.

An affidavit filed in the case said the sheriff’s office had received similar calls from Hatton in the past and had characterized the reports as coming from an emotionally disturbed individual.

Upon arriving at the scene, Hatton allegedly told officers they would find drugs inside his residence.

The glass pipe was in plan view. Hatton allegedly admitted buying a gram of methamphetamine two days earlier.

Bailey set bond at $2,500.

•Robert Benjamin Jensen, 20, of Stevensville was charged with theft and issuing a bad check, both felonies.

Court records said Jensen opened a checking account at a Stevensville bank on July 23 with a $900 check and promptly withdrew $500.

Less than 45 minutes later, he cashed two more checks for a total of $1,500.

All three checks bounced. The bank reported a loss of $2,051 that included fees and costs.

Bailey set bond at $2,500

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