Sgt. Chad Hill with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department said the 24-year-old woman has already spoken with detectives and provided her statement as to what occurred between herself and Michael Patrick Zimny, 54. Zimny, of Illinois, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly beat the woman over a dispute about a clothes dryer.
According to police, the victim and Zimny argued over a clothes dryer at the campground. Sgt. Hill said it is not yet clear if the incident happened over a misunderstanding or an altercation. The probable cause affidavit released by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office indicates Zimny had issues in the past with people removing clothes from laundry facilities at the campground. He said he believed the woman was stealing.
The victim’s mother told police her daughter claimed Zimny asked the woman’s sex and “bashed” her head into the dryer. The woman told him she was female and he allegedly responded that he would bring a female back to “finish the job.”
The victim was returning to her campsite when she collapsed. Medics responding to the campground to treat the woman said she sustained a serious injury to her temple.
Zimny was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery causing substantial risk of death. “This was a woman who was intubated and unconscious,” said Sgt. Hill, “her prognosis wasn’t good.”
Initially held without bond, Zimny was granted a $25,000 bond and has since bonded out of jail. No court date has yet been set.