Creston Police report - Feb. 16, 2024

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Manuel L. Richardson, 38, of Creston, was taken into custody 6:58 a.m. Feb. 15 at Howard and Spruce streets on the charges of public intoxication; burglary, first degree; domestic abuse assault, third or subsequent offense; going armed with intent; obstruction of emergency communications and harassment, first degree.

According to a Creston Police report, at approximately 6:39 a.m. a female who was crying and hysterical, came to the Union County Law Enforcement Center to report she had got up to the use the bathroom at her residence and Richardson, who unknown to the victim, had been hiding in the home, stepped out from behind a door with a fixed blade knife and made statements he would kill her.

The female attempted to call 911 but Richardson took her phone from her. The phone was later located smashed at the end of the victim’s driveway. She was eventually able to get herself and her children out of the residence and into her car and drove to the law center.

The victim told officers she last saw Richardson, dressed in all camouflage clothing, walking on Howard Street. Officers located Richardson, whose clothing matched the description given by the victim, on Howard and Spruce streets, several blocks from the victim’s home. Richardson told officers he was out for a walk and the route he gave them put him in the area of the victim’s residence. Richardson was observed to be carrying two Gatorade bottles. Officer’s opened the bottles and discovered they contained alcohol. Richardson admitted he had consumed one and a half of the bottles and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

Richardson and the victim ended a relationship in January, at which time Richardson refused to give the victim’s house key back to both the victim and law enforcement when requested. Richardson was charged in late January for entering the victim’s home and removing property and knew he is not allowed in the residence. He is known to carry a knife on his hip, which the victim reported, was the knife he had out in her residence.

Richardson was transported to Union County Jail and held on $37,000 cash or approved sure bond.

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William Peter Fargo, 46, of Creston, was taken into custody 9:13 p.m. Feb. 15 at his residence on the charge of domestic abuse assault, first offense.

According to a Creston Police report, officers were called to Fargo’s residence for a domestic dispute. The female victim told officers she and Fargo began arguing while the victim was laying on the bed and Fargo began throwing things at her. Items thrown included two doors, two folding chairs and other potential items observed scattered around the room. Both doors appeared to have been ripped from their hinges and one was broken in half.

The victim was crying and visibly upset when officers arrived. She had multiple bruises on her body she said were not there prior to the incident. Fargo made statements to officers similar to those reported by the victim and had small cuts to both of his hands.

Fargo was transported to the Union County Jail where he was released from after posting $1,000 cash or surety bond.