DCS employee attacked during welfare check

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville Police are looking for the man they say attacked an employee with the Department of Child Service during a welfare check earlier this week.

According to the incident report, the worker went to a home on West Maryland Street to investigate a complaint about the well-being of a two-year-old child.

The suspect agreed to a drug screen and failed, testing positive for meth and marijuana, according to the report.

While talking to the suspect about the results of the drug screen and his child, the suspect became angry about the questioning, police say.

That’s when the suspect began allegedly swearing and threatening the DCS employee.

The report says when the employee tried to call 911, the suspect became physical, knocking the cell phone and paperwork out of the worker’s hands.

The suspect refused to give the cell phone and paperwork back.

The worker walked away from the suspect and tried to call 911 on his personal cell phone but was allegedly attacked by the suspect.

EPD says the suspect shove the employee and tried to take him phone, then put him in a headlock. The worker was able to fight the suspect off and put the suspect in a headlock.

Officers say the homeowner split the two men up, but EPD says the suspect fled the scene.

The DCS worker had a small scratch on his head and left arm.

Police have not released the suspect’s name.

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This story was originally published on July 26, 2019

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