WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A West Lafayette man faces several felony charges after police say he assaulted an officer during a bloody scuffle involving a large metal car key.
According to Tippecanoe County court documents, last Friday West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD) officers were dispatched to the Four Points by Sheraton hotel (located at 1600 Cumberland Avenue) regarding an eviction of a man staying there.
WLPD said officer Aron Thompson met with an employee of the hotel, who said the man registered to Room 107, 37-year-old Scott M. Kramer, needed to be evicted due to not paying for his room. The employee told Thompson he had spoken with Kramer about paying for the room for the night, and the last time he had returned to the room he had told Kramer he would have to leave if he did not make payment.
The employee said Kramer became hostile and belligerent, so the employee called the police.
WLPD officers Thompson and Adam Ferguson went to Room 107. After getting no response, the two officers entered the room with a key provided by the hotel employee who called police.
After the officers entered, they said they found Kramer on the bed watching TV. They told Kramer he had to gather up his belongings and leave the hotel. The officers said for roughly 45 minutes, Kramer moved around the room, acting like he was packing up his things, however he was really just moving his belongings around the room.
Officer Thompson said he finally helped Kramer gather all his things and place them on a luggage cart, while Officer Ferguson went back out to his patrol car to obtain some paperwork.
After Ferguson left, Thompson said he pushed the cart into the hall and once again told Kramer he must leave the room.
Thompson said that was when, without warning, Kramer punched him in the face, knocking him backward into a table. Thompson said Kramer rushed him, pushing him on top of the table and punching him several times in the face and head area.
Thompson said he tried to use his stun gun on Kramer but missed, and Kramer punched him in the head again and knocked the stun gun out of his hand. At this point Ferguson had returned, but was unable to enter the locked room after the door had closed.
Thompson said Kramer continued to hit him until Thompson was able to open the door and let Ferguson enter.
Once Ferguson was back in the room, Thompson said he saw Kramer in a "defensive position" holding an object in his hand as a weapon, which later turned out to be a large car key, which Kramer had apparently used to stab Thompson in the head.
Ferguson used his stun gun to subdue Kramer, who was put securely in handcuffs.
Thompson said after the scuffle he was having trouble seeing due to blood flowing into his eye from wounds to his head. He said he also began feeling severe pain to his left knee, left eye and several places on his scalp. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Central Hospital, where he was treated for stab wounds to his scalp, and his knee was placed in an immobilizer.
Kramer faces charges of: battery committed by means of a deadly weapon, a Class C felony; disarming a law enforcement officer, a Class C felony; battery on a law enforcement officer, a Class D felony; battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class C felony; and resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony.
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