LAKE WILSON — A man was arrested June 25 in Lake Wilson when police responded to a report of a verbal argument at a home in the middle of the night.
When law enforcement arrived at the residence, witnesses described what had happened. They reported that Coty Tellinghuisen, 36, of Garvin, suspected that his girlfriend was sleeping with someone else. He allegedly showed up to the girlfriend's house and found the man present in the home, along with other people.
Tellinghuisen then allegedly struck the man in the head with a hammer, causing a brief loss of consciousness. The men then reportedly grappled briefly and Tellinghuisen left, telling the victim that he would be back in an hour, and if the victim "was not gone by the time he (Tellinghuisen) returned, he (the victim) was a dead man," according to the criminal complaint.
Officers noted that the victim had a large laceration behind and above his ear, which was dripping blood onto his shirt.
Later that afternoon, law enforcement was notified that Tellinghuisen had returned to that residence. When officers came to arrest Tellinghuisen, they also conducted a search of the property and discovered a pipe and a baggie containing a white crystalline substance, needles and straws that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and allegedly belonged to Tellinghuisen. Also present in the home were two hammers that matched the description of the weapon Tellinghuisen allegedly used to assault the victim.
Tellinghuisen was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, fifth-degree controlled substance crime, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted of the most serious charge — assault — he faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. He was transported to Lyon County Jail and later released on $20,000 conditional bail.