On Saturday night, November 18, 2023, Irving Police officers responded to a domestic violence call at a residence in Irving. Upon arrival, officers encountered 47-year-old Craig Lyle Harmon from Fort Worth, who was described as extremely agitated. As officers attempted to arrest Harmon, he physically assaulted them, but they managed to restrain him.
Harmon now faces serious charges, including felony third-degree domestic violence assault, impeding breathing, and felony second-degree assault on a peace officer. The total bond amount has been set at $10,000.
This is not Harmon's first encounter with the law regarding domestic violence. On September 21, 2017, while residing in Cocoa, Florida, he was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Charges included aggravated battery domestic violence and battery by strangulation domestic violence. According to the arrest affidavit from that case, the incident involved Harmon, who was intoxicated, engaging in a physical altercation with his wife over accusations of infidelity.
During the fight, Mrs. Harmon reported that she was choked multiple times, making it difficult for her to breathe. She also mentioned that her head was slammed into the shower wall, causing a tooth to be knocked out and go missing. Visible signs of physical abuse, including bruises and hand marks, were evident on her body. Despite the severity of the incident, she hesitated to report it due to financial dependence on Mr. Harmon.
Harmon's sentence for the 2017 incident included probation, a fine, and mandatory participation in a 26-hour domestic violence program. The couple eventually divorced in January 2018. Harmon's recent arrest in Irving raises concerns about the recurrence of violent behavior and its impact on the safety of those involved.