A man will serve 30 days for lying to police following a domestic incident with his girlfriend.
The man, Tyler D. Shannon, 24, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of domestic assault and filing a false report. He must serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence on the false report charge. He was directed to perform 16 hours public service work, participate in the batterer intervention course, and was warned to stay away from the victim on the domestic assault charge. Both will be in addition to time he owes for violation of probation.
Police were dispatched to a residence on Morford Street after a witness reported seeing Shannon and a woman fighting.
“They were physically fighting in her car, hitting each other,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara in his warrant against Shannon.
By the time police arrived the couple had already gone up to the apartment and locked the door.
“They refused to answer the door,” said Mara, noting Shannon opened the door after officers threatened to kick it down. “He claimed she wasn’t there and they had been in an argument, but no physical fight.”
Police searched the apartment but couldn’t find the woman. However, realizing she couldn’t have left without being seen by someone, they called in the maintenance man to the building in hopes he would know hiding places inside the structure. He did.
“The maintenance man came and found her behind the air conditioner return,” Mara said.
The woman was not charged since she was the victim of the domestic assault.