Police: Floyd County couple arrested after starting fight at children's Christmas play

Published: Dec. 22, 2018 at 6:56 PM EST
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Two people were arrested after an argument at a Christmas play turned into a physical fight.

Sunday, the Prestonsburg Police Department responded to a call about a fight at Trimble Chapel Church off Watergap Road.

When officers arrived, they found the entire congregation standing around the parking lot. Someone had blocked the roadway with a pickup truck to keep the suspects from leaving.

According to witnesses, Mark Anthony Gilliam, his girlfriend Tabitha Ann Compton and Compton's sister came to the church to watch a Christmas play that Gilliam's three children were performing in. When they arrived, Compton allegedly got into an argument with Gilliam's wife, the children's biological mother.

The argument turned into a physical fight and spilled outside, police learned. That's when, witnesses said, Gilliam stepped in and choked his wife.

During the fight, the wife's mother was holding the youngest child when Compton knocked her over, police said.

Police met Gilliam, Compton and Compton's sister in the parking lot. Officers said they tried talking to Gilliam and asked him to take his hands out of his pockets.

They said Gilliam then lunged at them, yelling and disturbing "an already upset church congregation". When officers tried to put handcuffs on him, he refused to put his hands behind his back and pulled away.

Gilliam was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault, fourth-degree child abuse, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Compton was arrested and charged with fourth-degree child abuse and second-degree disorderly conduct.