Man charged with battery counts

From Local Sources


WASHINGTON — A Jasper man was charged this week with criminal counts that include battery against a public safety official.

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded at 8:01 a.m. Sunday to the report of a battery at the Chuckles gas station in Washington after a female employee alleged Anthony W. Welp, 47, 520 Newton St., Jasper, hit her in the face.

An arrest affidavit said the suspect walked toward a Burger King after the incident at Chuckles, and while a deputy was en route, a female manager at the Burger King called to report that a man came into the restaurant and hit her.

A deputy said the suspect, later identified as Welp, approached him mumbling to himself when he had arrived. A Washington Police Department officer who came to assist detained Welp, alleging he had advanced toward him in an aggressive manner and had punched him in the chest.

Both female complainants at the businesses reported being struck by Welp in incidents they said were unprovoked.

Welp was arrested and booked into the Daviess County Security Center. He was later charged in Daviess Superior Court with Level 6 felony battery against a public safety official and two misdemeanor counts of battery resulting in bodily injury.

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