January 16, 2009

Couple accused in bingo marker fight

Police said they arrested a Springfield, Ill., couple after they allegedly attacked one another with a bingo marker.

Investigators said Chyrl Miller, 22, arrived home after playing bingo at about 10:20 p.m. Monday to find the front door locked with two deadbolts, the Springfield State Journal-Register reported Friday.

Miller was only able to open one of the deadbolts and began kicking the door and shouting for Jerry Pitts, 23, who was sitting on the couch inside, to come and let her in, police said.

Pitts told officers he asked Miller why she was kicking the door, prompting her to hit him with her purse and throw a bingo marker at him. The man said he picked up the bingo marker and threw it back at her before she fled to a neighbor's house to call police.

Miller gave police a similar account, but told officers Pitts was the first to throw the bingo marker when her back was turned. She said she incurred a small welt on her shoulder from the marker and police said Pitts had minor redness on his arm when they arrived at the scene.

Police said the suspects were arrested on suspicion of battering each other and were taken to the Sangamon County Jail.