Lucas ClemensAshley Cruz


A Pike County couple were taken to jail Wednesday night after police received a 911 call reporting a battery between a boyfriend and his girlfriend.

Troopers with the Indiana State Police were called to a residence along South Pike County Road 1000 East near Velpen just before 9:30.  The home is shared by 25-year-old Lucas Clements and 23-year-old Ashley Cruze.

Cruze answered the door and a trooper immediately observed multiple bruises on her face.

Police say Cruze’s boyfriend Clements also had injuries to his face.

Further investigation determined young children had been present during the altercation.

Police say Clements and Cruze were each arrested on a Class D felony count of domestic battery in the presence of a child. They were lodged in the Pike County Jail, where they are being held without bond.

Authorities released the two children at the home to their grandparents.