Woman arrested for alleged attack


GALLIPOLIS — A Cheshire woman was arrested Tuesday evening after she allegedly assaulted two women who witnessed a group attack on another man.

Around 11:30 p.m., Gallipolis police responded to a call about a fight in the road near the Gallipolis Daily Tribune office involving several men, according to a police report. Once officers arrived, they found a man lying in the middle of the road and bleeding from his “head and mouth.” Officers identified the man as Mark Russell, 48, of Gallipolis.

A witness with Russell allegedly told police that the victim’s daughter, Diane Russell, 23, of Cheshire, reportedly called her father outside. Once outside, several males allegedly attacked Diane’s father, leaving him in the street after having jumped out of a black truck that pulled into the area. The men then jumped back into the vehicle and drove off.

Gallia EMS took the victim to Holzer’s Emergency Room, where officers took his statement. Police said the father’s story reflected that of the previous witness in that he allegedly identified his daughter as calling him out of a friend’s home before being attacked.

Another report stated that Diane Russell was found by officers yelling at the victim, allegedly stating, “He got what he deserved,” as authorities arrived. Officers said they instructed her to calm down, but she allegedly continued to “make threats.” She was arrested for disorderly conduct after the warning and for allegedly attacking two witnesses that had stopped to aid the victim in the street.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

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