39-year-old Bruce Branch was charged with vandalism and domestic assault after he smashed nearly all of the windows of his mother’s house with a golf club.
On November 7th, Memphis Police Officers Bugg, Hutson, and Griffin responded to a vandalism call at the residence of Sarah Branch located at 2631 South Misty Woods Cove. Upon arrival, Sarah Branch advised that her son, Bruce Branch, parked his vehicle at the neighbor’s house, grabbed a golf club, and began smashing almost all of the windows on the bottom level of her home.
According to the affidavit, Bruce heard his mother and cousin, Reginald Williams, talking about chasing him away by pepper-spraying him. Bruce proceeded to get back in his car but before he could leave Reginald got in the vehicle and the two had a brief argument. During the argument, Bruce struck Reginald in the face and shoved him against the window of the vehicle. Reginald stated he was able to pepper-spray him and he then fled on foot.
Residents at 2688 Morning Woods Cove reported Bruce on their property and officers arrived, taking him into custody. Further investigation revealed Bruce had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had an extensive history of emergency hospitalization commitments. This was noted to be the fourth call made at the residence and the third report taken of the day.
Bruce Branch was arrested and charged with vandalism and domestic assault. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $7,500 bond.