Domestic assault suspect apprehended

Photo: Darren Break

A suspect wanted for a New Year’s Eve domestic assault, whom authorities had said was armed and dangerous, has been apprehended. Forty-five-year-old Darren Break was arrested Sunday morning, after the West Plains Police Department received a call from his phone number.

According to authorities, a call was received just before 10 a.m. through 911 of a male caller confused and hard to understand. Howell County 911 reported the male was at a convenience store on Preacher Roe Boulevard. Research from the police database led West Plains Dispatch to discover the number belonged to Break.

While en route, officers were notified by dispatch Break was in the 400 block of East Second Street. Officers arrived just after 10, located the suspect and confirmed the identification as Break. He was taken into custody without incident.

Break was being sought, after authorities received a report Thursday morning from Ozarks Healthcare advising a female was being treated after allegedly being assaulted by her boyfriend. The victim told officers at one point, a firearm was discharged during the altercation.

Break was arrested on probable cause for felony counts of first-degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, felonious restraint, armed criminal action and sodomy. He was placed in the Howell County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges from the Howell County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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