18-year-old arrested for battering local pastor’s wife at park

HARLAN, Ind. (WPTA21) — The wife of a local pastor said two teens attempted to steal her car while another battered her in front of her kids at a Harlan park.

According to probable cause documents, police were called to Harlan Community Park around 1:57 p.m. on May 16 in regards to a reported battery.

When police arrived, they spoke with the victim, a 32-year-old woman, who said she was at the park with her kids, ages 3 and 5, when she was battered during an attempted robbery. The woman has been identified as the wife of a pastor at Pathway Church.

The woman told police three teens approached her from behind when she was sitting at a picnic table with her sons. She said one of the suspects hit her in the face and head, causing her to fall to the ground, and that she could hear her sons crying and screaming while he assaulted her.

The woman said the boys then attempted to steal her car, but did not have the keys so they fled on foot. She described the teens as a white male with brown hair, a white male with blonde hair, and a black male with glasses.

Police say they located three teens matching their descriptions and attempted to approach them. The boys then ran into a nearby field before being discovered by a K9 officer and taken into custody.

One of the teens arrested was identified as 18-year-old Bronson Filler. The other two were confirmed to be 17-year-olds, who were not identified as they are juveniles.

One of the juveniles allegedly told police he felt bad for the woman because it happened in front of her kids. He said he could not believe how hard Filler was hitting her.

The two teens are facing initial charges of strong arm robbery, and Filler is facing initial charges robbery and battery resulting in bodily injury. Filler is scheduled to appear in court on May 22 for a hearing.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout

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