Taylorsville man arrested on battery charges after cutting sister, threatening nephews


Harley Pasley

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4 fast facts:

  • Man arrested after injuring his sister and threatening officers.
  • Police say he waved a cutlass sword at them.
  • Sister was cut with glass. He threatened her children.
  • The man had allegedly consumed rubbing alcohol.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.– Deputies arrested a man who allegedly waved a sword at them after drinking rubbing alcohol.

On Monday just after 7:30 p.m., Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about domestic battery. The caller told police her brother, 23-year-old Harley Pasley of Taylorsville, was intoxicated and causing a disturbance.

She said Pasley had cut her hand with glass and was threatening to hurt his nephews, ages 2 and 8.

A deputy was told on the scene that Pasley had been drinking rubbing alcohol and had gone to a storage building outside. The deputy went out and said Pasley leaned out holding a cutlass sword. He allegedly began swinging it and yelling at deputies.

Pasley came outside the the deputies had him at gunpoint. He refused to drop the sword at first, but eventually complied. Police say when Pasley dropped to his knees again, he reached for the sword. A deputy used his Taser at that time but it was not effective.

They eventually got the sword away from Pasley and took him into custody. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital to be evaluated for consuming rubbing alcohol.

He was then taken to the Batholomew County Jail on charges of battery and interfering with a 911 call.

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