Policeman On Patrol Stops Violent Domestic Assault

Suspect Had Violated Restraining Order, Broken Into Home And Waited For Victim To Return, Police Said

A Smithfield police officer happened to be in the right place at the right time this week.

Around 1:30pm Tuesday, the officer was on routine patrol on Henley Place and spotted a woman struggling with a man at the front door of her home.  Police Chief Keith Powell said the officer was familiar with the address having responded there in the past for a domestic incident involving 42 year-old Ramey Ray Barbour.

The female victim had recently obtained a domestic violence protection order against Barbour.  While the woman was away Tuesday, Barbour allegedly broke into her home and was apparently waiting for her to return.  When the victim returned she noticed her deadbolt had been unlocked and she didn’t enter her home, Chief Powell said.

As the woman began to turn to leave, Barbour reportedly emerged from the home and began violently struggling with the female. That’s when the officer drove by and saw the struggle.

While attempting to subdue Barbour he allegedly kicked the officer in the groin.  Barbour, who was identified as being homeless, was charged with violation of a domestic violence protection order, breaking and entering, assault on a government official, possession of a controlled substance and resisting and delaying.   He was held without bond.

Police also seized an axe and grilling fork Barbour allegedly had in his possession.