Reports of disturbances and conflict led to the arrests of four people in unrelated cases in Brownwood, including an 82-year-old man who allegedly bit his wife’s finger, possibly to the bone, police said.
    According to Brownwood police reports and Brown County Jail records:
    The 82-year-old man, Howard Hutton, was booked into the Brown County Jail Tuesday on a charge of assault causing bodily injury — family violence. Hutton remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $3,000 bond.
    Hutton’s wife went to the Law Enforcement Center, where she told police Cpl. Brandon Johnson her husband became upset over family issues as she drove him around town. After they returned home and parked in the driveway, the woman told Johnson, Hutton grabbed her arm with enough force to cause a bruise, tried to pull the keys out of her hand and bit her hand.
     The woman said her husband walked in front of their car to try to keep her from leaving, but she was able to drive around him and go to the Law Enforcement Center. Johnson saw what appeared to be a cut to the bone on the woman’s index finger.
    The woman received medical treatment and said she did not want to press charges. Johnson located Hutton at his home, where Hutton allegedly said he had bitten his wife’s hand.
    In another case Tuesday, officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic in progress in the 1800 block of Ninth, where they arrested a man who allegedly tried to wrap weed eater string around a woman’s neck.
    John Coulter, 30, was booked on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — family violence. Coulter is free on $5,000 bond.
    A woman told police her boyfriend threatened her, and she locked herself in a bedroom. The woman told police her boyfriend kicked the door open and went toward her neck with weed eater string. The woman said she was able to grab the string and keep it from her neck, and called 9-1-1 with the emergency button on her phone.
    The man left the house and returned after officers arrived.
    Also Tuesday, police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Southside for a welfare check after two women said they believed their friend had been threatened by her boyfriend, with whom she was breaking up, as they drove back from Abilene.
    The women said they’d received a frightening phone call from their friend indicating she was in a convenience store rest room, had been threatened and was extremely scared.  
    While police spoke with the women, a car drove up, occupied by their friend and a man named Jerry Louis. Police separated the two, and the woman said she had driven Louis and his belongings to Abilene at his request, believing he would be staying there. But Louis allegedly forced the woman to drive him back to Brownwood and threatened to harm her if she didn’t, police were told.
    Police believed the man had, by intimidation, restricted the woman’s movements and interfered with her liberty. Police arrested Louis, 27, on charges of possession of marijuana, unlawful restraint and assault. Louis remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $7,000.
    Police were dispatched at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday to the 1600 block of Good Shepherd on a report of a domestic disturbance. A witness told dispatch a vehicle occupied by a woman and two children and hit two vehicles.
    Police saw the suspect vehicle in a parking lot, with the engine running and two children inside. A woman, identified a Jessica Bartley, came from an apartment complex toward an officer. Bartley complained about her boyfriend, and the officer saw signs of suspected intoxication and conducted a field sobriety test.
    The officer arrested Bartley, 26, on a DWI charge. Bartley is free on $3,000 bond.