Domestic dispute at gas station ends in arrest

A domestic dispute at a gas station in Nashville on Feb. 23 resulted in the arrest of a Columbus man for battery.

At around 3:17 a.m., police responded to the Circle K gas station on State Road 46 East. When Nashville Police Officer Evan Painter arrived, a gas station employee was standing by the front door, pointing to a car at the gas pumps, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When Painter approached the vehicle, Sam F. Nigarura, 22, of Columbus, exited the back driver’s side door. He told Painter and Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Colton Magner that he did grab a woman by the shirt under her armpit, the affidavit states. But Nigarura denied that he grabbed the woman in an aggressive manner and told police to speak with the woman, who was inside the gas station.

She told police that Nigarura did grab the inside part of her left arm. The gas station employee told police he witnessed the assault and that Nigarura grabbed the woman in a “very aggressive manner.”

The employee also told police that once Nigarura left the store, the woman commented, “You’re the first person to ever stick up for me,” the affidavit states.

Nigarura was arrested and taken to the Brown County jail. He was charged Feb. 23 with battery, a Class B misdemeanor.