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Ravia man facing nine felony charges after alleged home burglaries, brawl with police

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com

A Ravia man is facing nine felony charges after allegedly breaking into two Tishomingo homes and attempting to assault four law enforcement officers with a wooden baseball bat last week.

According to Johnston County court documents filed on March 20, Michael Justin Eaton, 33, was charged with two counts of burglary in the first degree, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

On March 16, Eaton allegedly broke into two Tishomingo residences in the 900 block of S. Ohio St. Court records state that Eaton entered the first residence through the front door while the victim was in the house.

The second residence was also occupied at the time that Eaton reportedly entered through the back door. According to court documents, Eaton is believed to have intended to assault both victims.

When officers from the Tishomingo Police Department and a deputy from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene, Eaton reportedly attempted to assault them with a wooden baseball bat.

Court records state that Eaton managed to strike two of the officers and the deputy with his fists during the incident.

Eaton was taken into custody and is currently being held at the Johnston County jail. Eaton’s bond is set at $150,000 and an initial court appearance is currently scheduled for March 25.

Burglary in the first degree is punishable by imprisonment for seven to 20 years; assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years; and assault and battery on a police officer is punishable by a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to five years.