A Liberty Township
resident was arrested Monday on charges of battery and criminal recklessness
after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that he set his wife’s
possessions on fire in the front yard, then sprayed his mother-in-law in the
face with a garden hose while endeavoring to douse the fire.
police, at 6:39 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the residence of Mark A.
Moneypenny, 32, at 1808 Vail Drive, after his wife reported that Moneypenny
“was going to start a fire with her possessions.” On his arrival, the
officer observed a fire roughly six feet in diameter with flames six feet
high, close enough to a neighboring residence to jeopardize its occupants,
instructed Moneypenny to fetch a garden hose and douse it, which he did,
acknowledging to the officer--prior to his arrest--that “the fire did get
bigger than he thought and was in agreement that it needed to be put out in
a hurry,” police said.
But while spraying
the fire, police said, Moneypenny “turned towards (his mother-in-law) and
used the water hose to spray water in her face, on her head, and her back.”
Moneypenny’s mother-in-law subsequently advised the officer that she wished
to pursue a battery charge against him.
transported to Porter County Jail.