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Police: E'town man arrested after stomping on woman's head

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Court records show similar charges in LaRue County

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man is charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment after police said he stomped the top of a woman’s head with his boot.

Patrick N. Hawkins, 34, was arrested Saturday night on charges of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault — domestic violence, third or subsequent offense, and violation of a domestic violence protection order.

According to a citation, Elizabethtown Police Department initially responded to Hawkins’ Raleigh Drive residence in reference to the suspect chasing another man with a baseball bat and knife.

While at the residence, officers were told Hawkins assaulted a family member by “stomping the top of her head with a Harley Davidson boot after forcing her to the ground,” according to the citation. Police said the woman sustained a “large gash” as a result.

Following the incident, Hawkins prevented the woman from leaving by inhibiting her from entering her vehicle and “slapping her across the face,” police said.

According to the citation, the woman also was unable to call for help because Hawkins broke her phone a few days prior to the incident.

Court records indicate in a little more than a year, Hawkins has been convicted in LaRue District Court twice of fourth-degree assault and four times of violating a domestic violence protection order.

The first conviction for fourth-degree assault came in October 2012 and the second in July 2013, according to records.

Police said the charges over the last year involve the same victim.

Fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes. However, the charge can be enhanced to a Class D felony if it is the third or subsequent offense within five years and “the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim in each of the offenses meets the definition of family member or member of an unmarried couple,” according to KRS 508.030.

EPD charged Hawkins with a felony. If convicted, he faces one to five years in prison, according to KRS.

Hawkins is lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 cash.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.