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Surgoinsville man accused of felony vandalism, assault on girlfriend's daughter

Jeff Bobo • Oct 10, 2018 at 3:11 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County man is facing assault and felony vandalism charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter Sunday and then ripping wires and engine components out of the girlfriend’s car.

Around 7:14 p.m., Surgoinsville Police Department Officer Jeff Walker responded to a domestic assault complaint at the home of Jeffrey Lynn Bixler, 54, 807 Church St.

When Walker arrived, he reportedly observed Bixler on the ground fighting a boy who was identified as the 16-year-old boyfriend of Bixler’s girlfriend’s daughter.

Walker ordered them to stop fighting, and the boy complied, but Bixler allegedly resisted the officer. Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenny Lunsford Jr. arrived at the scene and Tasered Bixler, who was then taken into custody.

Witnesses stated that Bixler and his girlfriend were arguing, and Bixler allegedly grabbed her by the neck.

At that point, the woman’s daughter stepped in to defend her mom, at which time Bixler allegedly pushed her to the ground, picked up a landscaping stone and threatened to hit her with it.

Bixler then allegedly broke all of the glass out of the girlfriend’s Honda Accord and then opened the hood and began ripping out wiring and engine components.

When the daughter tried to stop him, Bixler allegedly grabbed her hair and threw her down.

“As Mr. Bixler drew back to punch her, (the daughter’s boyfriend) then jumped in to keep her from getting hit, and he and Mr. Bixler began to fight,” Walker stated in his report. “(The boy) stated he received a couple of hits before he got Mr. Bixler in a headlock and they fell to the ground. (The boy) kept him in a headlock until police arrived to prevent him from hurting anyone else until police arrived.”

Bixler was charged with felony vandalism, domestic assault, simple assault and resisting arrest.

As of Tuesday, he was being held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending arraignment set for Wednesday morning.

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