A 39-year-old Maryville man was arrested Monday after breaking into a family member’s house, destroying furniture and punching a police officer.
Jason Paul Starritt, 39, Blue Sky Drive, Maryville, was charged with aggravated burglary, interfering with a 911 call, resisting arrest/halt/frisk, simple assault, vandalism greater than $1,000 and violation of an order of protection. He was being held on bonds totalling $130,000 pending a 9 a.m. Sept. 9 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.
A female family member advised officers that Starritt broke into her home and destroyed her furniture, according to a Maryville police report. He allegedly shattered the front glass door.
After Starritt entered the house, the woman and her husband reportedly locked themselves inside their bedroom and tried to call 911. The 39-year-old allegedly kicked in their bedroom door and took the phone, destroying the phone and preventing the woman from calling 911.
Starritt proceeded to the back patio where he destroyed the back patio door, furniture and miscellaneous items, the report said. An officer made contact with him in the backyard and issued verbal commands for the man to place his hands behind his back.
The officer reportedly stepped in to place handcuffs on Starritt, who resisted and started to pull away. The 39-year-old allegedly punched the officer in the head and was given verbal commands to place his hands behind his back or be tased.
Starritt didn’t comply with these commands and was tased by another officer, the report said. Officers used open hand control techniques to place him into handcuffs.
Starritt was placed into custody and taken to Blount County Jail without further incidence.