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December 5, 2013

Felony battery charge for August beating suspect

Kokomo man found unresponsive on North Purdum Street in August.

Kokomo police arrested a Cicero man early Wednesday in connection with an August beating and stabbing of a 43-year-old Kokomo man on North Purdum Street.

Officers arrested Charles Thomas Estep, 23, just after midnight at Ind. 26 and U.S. 31 on a warrant for aggravated battery, a Class B felony.

According to the charging information filed in Howard Superior Court 4, Estep inflicted numerous injuries to David Parr after an altercation in front of a house in the 2400 block of North Purdum Street.

Estep admitted to punching Parr several times in the face with his fist and stomping on his chest numerous times. Estep told police “he could feel David’s ribcage collapse underneath his feet and proclaimed it was the coolest thing ever,” the affidavit stated.

According to the court documents a second man stabbed Parr. His name was not released since he has not yet been charged in the case.

The two men allegedly beat and stabbed Parr as retribution for an incident at Westville Correctional Facility, the affidavit stated.

Police were called to the area of North Purdum Street at 6:46 a.m. Aug. 24 to a report of a man being beaten and stabbed. When police arrived, they found Parr unconscious and unresponsive on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent stab wound to the chest and other injuries.

The probable cause affidavit stated that Parr suffered multiple fractures to his face, a punctured left lung, a ruptured diaphragm, a lacerated spleen and two puncture wounds to his chest. He was transported to an Indianapolis hospital and has since been released.

Several neighbors and acquaintances of Parr told police they heard people arguing in front of a house and later saw Parr lying on the sidewalk, the affidavit stated.

More arrests are expected in the case.

Estep is being held on $30,000 bail pending his Dec. 12 initial hearing.

Mike Fletcher, crime and courts reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8565, mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com.

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