SYRACUSE — Dustin Will Wright, 25, 8899 E. Black Point Road, Syracuse, has been arrested and charged with strangulation, a level 6 felony, and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.
Court documents state that on June 30, Kosciusko County’s 911 dispatch received a hangup call from a cell phone and texted the number back to follow up. Moments later, they received a text message that read, simply, “help me.”
The call was traced to Wright’s residence and officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded. They arrived and spoke with the caller, a female, who told them Wright, her boyfriend, had battered her and she had been afraid to call 911.
Officers learned the female and Wright had been arguing when he allegedly threw her into the kitchen wall. She told officers she then went into the bedroom, where he threw her onto the bed, then pulled her to the floor and proceeded to squeeze her neck, strangling her.
Officers noticed red marks on the female victim’s neck, upper chest area and arms and a bite mark on her hand. When they attempted to place Wright under arrest, he refused to cooperate and had to be restrained. Documents state Wright also refused to walk to the patrol car, then refused to sit down inside. He also allegedly refused twice to place his legs inside the vehicle.
Wright was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on a $2,250 surety and cash bond.