James Parker, 40, of Detroit was arrested on Oct. 10 and charged with one count of domestic battery and one count of domestic criminal damage to property after an argument with his girlfriend at her apartment on the 1100 block of Holbrook Road. According to the police reports, the apartment was in disarray when police arrived around 4:41 a.m., with a flatscreen TV lying broken on the ground and a glass table flipped over and shattered. A chandelier and a curtain rod were also destroyed.
The victim told police that she had just finished picking Parker up from the Olympia Fields Police Department and that they were arguing because Parker got her car impounded for a DUI charge. According to police reports, Parker had taken her car without her permission and was stopped by Olympia Fields police around 3:15 a.m. and arrested for DUI. While the victim did not initially report her vehicle stolen, she later filed a report with Homewood police after Parker's arrest because her car was still impounded.
She said Parker shoved her against the wall while they were arguing and began to destroy her property after she tried to push him away. The report notes that the responding officer didn't see any bruises on the victim and that she refused medical attention.
Parker told police that they had been arguing about him moving to Homewood from Michigan and that the victim began to break her own property, although the report notes that he was intoxicated and verbally combative. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to HPD. After an Assistant State's Attorney approved felony charges around 6:45 a.m., Parker was processed and transported to Markham Court house to await a bond hearing.
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