CPD: Man beats woman and baby, chases woman with butcher knife

Joseph Bradford

Columbia Police say a man faces multiple charges after forcing his way into a home and terrorizing the people inside.

Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of Pear Tree Circle at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police say 45-year-old Joseph Bradford forced his way into the home. He previously lived there and had moved out a month earlier.

Bradford chased two women, one 24-years-old and the other 53-years-old, through the house and punched the 24-year-old.

Police say that woman was holding her one-year-old baby at the time, and Bradford hit the baby in the head with his elbow.

Police say Bradford then put the 24-year-old in a head lock on the floor while the baby was still in her arms. They say Bradford then got up and got two steak knives from the kitchen, but then put them down.

Bradford then allegedly went outside and came back into the home with a butcher knife.

Police say he chased the 24-year-old with a butcher knife, but she was able to lock herself inside a room.

Police say Bradford then walked outside, where officers told him to turn around and get on the ground. Bradford refused and told officers to shoot him.

Police say they told Bradford to get on the ground several times, and eventually tasered him to put handcuffs on.

The 24-year-old woman had scratches and bumps, the baby had a minor bump on the face and the 53-year-old woman was not injured.

Bradford was arrested for armed criminal action, first-degree burglary, second-degree domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was also arrested on a felony probation and parole warrant for a parole absconder.

Police say Bradford and the victims knew each other.