Saturday, July 02, 2016

Man arrested for allegedly grabbing women's buttocks after 'trying to get his heart rate up'

When police in Indianapolis first spotted him on Monday night, George Owens had just finished sprinting down Massachusetts Avenue, scaling lamp posts like some kind of urban Tarzan. The first officer on the scene then watched as Owens raced down the middle of the street and ducked into the Ball & Biscuit, a popular bar known for its craft cocktails.

A minute later, according to court documents, Owens was back out into the street, but not before grabbing and squeezing the buttocks of two women in the bar. As police questioned Owens, 35, they learned he'd been running around "trying to get his heart rate up." Owens told officers that running and displaying his energy is his "mating call," and that he was out that night looking for a mate.

Two women, who were inside Ball & Biscuit when Owens rushed in, accused him of grabbing their buttocks as he made his way back toward the bathrooms. Owens denied the accusation, and said he merely brushed passed the two women on his way to the bathroom. Earlier this month, Owens was accused of grabbing a woman's breast as she was walking.

The woman told police, according to court documents, Owens approached her and, while trying to reach for her purse, grabbed her breast. In that incident, Owens was charged with misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. He pleaded guilty, was given a year's probation. This latest incident violated that probation, and the Marion County prosecutor's office is asking that Owens be held in custody for at least seven days. He has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery and remains in the Marion County Jail on a $500 bond.

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