INDIANAPOLIS - A south side man was arrested Sunday after police said he used his children to help him assault his ex-girlfriend.
Police say Brian Tucker, 48, began verbally and then physically assaulting Merissa Sikorski, 23, who had been living with him for two years, after she arrived at his house with intentions to move out.
A next-door neighbor who witnessed the incident told police Tucker ordered his three children, ages 9, 11 and 13, to stand behind the woman's vehicle, blocking her exit. Tucker then proceeded to strike her and her car with his fists, and attempted to strike her with a hammer, police said.
"I didn't see him actually hit her with the hammer, but I know I seen him hit her with his hand," the neighbor said. "Then he called for the kids to come outside and had them come and stand behind the car with him."
Police said Tucker eventually took his children back inside his home, at which point the woman pulled her car onto the street before being notified by a neighbor that he had called the police.
Tucker faces three counts of battery, including one count of battery with a deadly weapon, one count of criminal recklessness and one count of neglect of a dependent.