Fairmont man faces assault charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Lawrence James Hamilton, 35, has been charged with domestic assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On July 8, Fairmont police officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress in the 700 block of East Sixth Street in Fairmont. An officer knocked on the door and was met by a man, later identified as Hamilton.

Hamilton was breathing heavily and sweating profusely. When the officer asked what was going on, Hamilton said, “Take me to jail.”

Hamilton indicated to the officer that he needed to take him to jail or to the hospital for his hand. The officer advised Hamilton he would get him medical attention once the other officers arrived, but that he still needed to know what had taken place. Hamilton said he would not answer questions and that he wanted a lawyer.

The officer radioed for an ambulance, and Hamilton indicated he had been missing some items lately, and that he suspects his girlfriend’s son. Hamilton said his girlfriend is not disciplining the son properly, which upset him.

Once other officers arrived, the officer entered the residence and observed a box of movies or video games scattered around the living room and the rug askew. He further observed a young adult male sitting on the couch without a shirt. The officer observed what appeared to be a small laceration on the young man’s chest.

When asked what happened, the young man indicated he woke up and realized his Playstation 4 was missing. He asked his mother why she had taken it, and she said Hamilton had taken it, not her. The young man indicated he asked Hamilton for the Playstation, and Hamilton replied he was not giving it back until he got his missing items.

The young man further indicated that Hamilton approached him as if he wanted to fight him. He said Hamilton punched him with a closed fist on the left side of his face, striking his jaw. He said he got back up and punched Hamilton.

A check on Hamilton’s criminal record shows two prior felony level domestic assault convictions from April 2010 and September 2014.