Report: Woman broke up fight by hitting Chester gunman with baseball bat

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 29, 2014 

Johnathan Thomas Crump

— A Chester County man who deputies say fired a gun at a man and then pistol-whipped him suffered a possible concussion after the victim’s girlfriend hit him in the head with a baseball bat Wednesday night.

At about 8:55 p.m., deputies were sent to a Bobcat Drive home in Fort Lawn, where Johnathan Thomas Crump, 24, claimed his sister-in-law and her boyfriend jumped him and hit him with a baseball bat, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report. He told deputies that he fired a handgun in the air.

Once Crump was detained, his sister-in-law explained that she overheard Crump and her sister arguing and could tell objects were being thrown. When she went to check on her sister, Crump allegedly told her to mind her business and shouted a profanity at her.

Her boyfriend, 45, confronted Crump, who soon pointed a handgun at the man, the report states. Crump allegedly fired the gun, but the shot missed. He then hit the victim in the head with the gun before the two men began to fight. That’s when the woman hit Crump with a baseball bat, forcing him to drop the gun. She grabbed the gun and hid it in a laundry basket. The victim corroborated his girlfriend’s version of the story.

Deputies found a discarded shell casing from where Crump had been standing when police arrived on scene. He was arrested but taken to Chester Regional Medical Center after complaining of a possible concussion.

He was cleared by doctors and taken to the detention center, where he was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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