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Matthew Peter Novy


     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a rural Mountain Home man following an investigation into a domestic disturbance that occurred at 631 CR 508 on July 3rd.  On that date, Deputy Chuck Menschik was dispatched to that address on a complaint that a man had forced his way into a residence, assaulted the mother of his child, and then took the child and left.

     The victim stated that 32 year old MATTHEW PETER NOVY came to the residence wanting to pick up a 4 year old child.  They have shared custody of the child, but NOVY was attempting to pick up the child outside the boundaries of the custody and visitation order. The victim stated that NOVY forced his way inside the home, then grabbed the child.  When the victim attempted to stop NOVY from taking the child, he pushed her into a door.  She followed him outside to his vehicle, still attempting to prevent him from taking the child, during which time he struck the victim and shoved her down.  The victim is pregnant, and NOVY is aware of this.  She sustained minor physical injury as a result of the assault.

     Sheriff’s Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of MATTHEW PETER NOVY, and he was arrested Thursday evening, July 9th, on that warrant.  NOVY was booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Residential Burglary – Felony
Interference With Custody – Felony
Domestic Battery in the Third Degree – Felony

     NOVY was released after posting $50,000 bond, and he will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on July 16th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff