MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man was charged with domestic violence and assault after an incident with his ex-wife in the parking lot of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on July 4.
Michael Springston, 31, was arrested and detained when he and his former wife were making a custody exchange in the parking lot. The two were involved in an altercation that was spotted on camera from inside the sheriff’s office, and was stopped by the driver of an approaching vehicle.
According to sheriff’s reports, the pair met in separate vehicles to hand off their five-year-old son to Springston in a custody exchange.
In her statement, the woman admitted she was late to the meeting, which had allegedly angered Springston, and he allegedly got agitated and grabbed her, shoving her into the car and slamming the door into her in full view of the five-year-old boy.
As the altercation occurred, deputies witnessed the commotion on their surveillance cameras as another car pulled onto the scene. A passenger in the car, who is an officer with the Mount Vernon Police Department, started to diffuse the situation.
After being checked for injuries, the woman was given domestic violence paperwork and requested a protection order against Springston, who, after being arrested, was released on bond July 5. His first pretrial hearing is scheduled for July 17 in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.