Alleged love triangle results in assault charges

Jeff Bobo • Apr 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat after catching his estranged wife with another man early Tuesday morning.

Harim Edward Gardner Jr., 38, 141 Shipley road, Church Hill, reportedly told police he’d moved in with his mother Sunday, but returned to his Shipley Road residence shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday to see if there was another man visiting his wife.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Reba Matthews stated in her report that Gardner went to the door after noticing a strange vehicle in the driveway, but Gardner’s key wouldn’t open the door.

“Mr. Gardner started beating on the door and Mrs. (Terrie) Gardner came to the front door,” Matthews stated in her report. “When she opened it he shoved her backwards, causing her to fall to the floor. He then went toward the west bedroom and there was an altercation with another man.”

Matthews added, “He (Harim Gardner) stated that a male ... came from the bedroom closet with a metal ball bat and started hitting him with it.”

The second man was identified as Nicholas Ryan, 34, 316 Throngrove Drive, Kingsport.

Matthews said a bat was located in the bedroom and Hiram Gardner had injuries to his forehead and forearm consistent with the bat attack he described.

“The house had several broken picture frames and other items thrown about the residence,” Matthews added.

Harim Gardner was charged with domestic assualt, a Class A misdemeanor, for the incident in which he allegedly shoved his wife to the floor. He was released on $500 bond was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Ryan was charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony, for the alleged bat attack. He was released on $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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