Police: Woman punched man over Christmas light argument

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield woman punched a 69-year-old man in the face after an argument ensued because she was blocking his driveway while looking at Christmas lights, according to court documents.

Tiffany Rose, 36, was arrested this week after the man reported he was struck in the face repeatedly by a woman who parked in front of his home to watch his neighbor’s holiday light show.

The Christmas light display in the 1100 block of East McClarnon Drive serves as a fundraiser for charity and draws hundreds of onlookers each year. Rose’s vehicle was blocking the victim’s driveway on a recent evening, he told police. When he tried to get her to move the car off his property, she became angry and began hitting him, according to court documents.

Rose faces two felony charges of battery along with two misdemeanors. She appeared in court following her arrest and pleaded not guilty, records show.

The man told police he was trying to leave his home and flashed the headlights of his car at Rose’s vehicle, intending to signal for the woman to move her car, according to court documents. He blinked the lights at least three times, and the suspect’s car moved a few feet back and forth as if to make him angry, he told police.

Rose got out of her car, walked over to his, reached inside and hit him in the face five or six times, court documents state.

His nose began to bleed, and while talking to police later, he appeared to suffer a seizure, court documents state. The man’s wife said she took him to an Indianapolis hospital to be checked by his doctors.

Police used the man’s description of Rose’s car to identify her, court documents state.

Rose admitted to police she was the one parked outside the victim’s house but denied striking the man, according to court records.

In an interview with police, Rose said she saw the man flash his lights; she backed up her car to let him pull out of the driveway, but when he didn’t move, she pulled forward again, court documents state.

Rose told police she got out of her car, approached the man and asked “why he was being a Grinch,” court documents state.

As she was speaking with the man, the e-cigarette she was holding fell into his vehicle, she told police. When the man refused to retrieve it, she opened the victim’s car door to get the device herself, she told police, at which point the man pushed her head into his steering wheel.

Rose faces two felonies and two misdemeanors: a Level 5 felony of battery against an endangered adult; a Level 6 felony of battery causing moderate injuries; a Class A misdemeanor of trespassing; and a Class B misdemeanor of unauthorized entry of a vehicle.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.