A Francesville man was arrested after striking a 15-year-old in the face, causing a half-inch laceration to the upper lip of the juvenile which required six stitches to close. 19-year-old Zachary D. Dix was arrested and faces charges of Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury as a Class C felony.
Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 300 block of North Bill Street in Francesville in response to a physical altercation. When they arrived on the scene, deputies were told that Zachary Dix, had allegedly struck the victim in the face while the two were in the front yard of the residence. The juvenile reportedly said that attack knocked him unconscious and left him in a great deal of pain.
Officers located Dix on a bicycle on County Road 1450 West and stopped to speak with him. Dix admitted to punching the victim, but said he did it because the juvenile had thrown a bicycle at him. He said he thought he had barely struck him, but did admit that he knew he should not have struck him because he was much smaller and only 15 years old, while Dix is four inches taller and approximately 150 lbs. heavier.
Dix was arrested and taken to the Pulaski County Jail without incident, while the victim was transported to the Pulaski Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, where he received six stitches for his laceration.