WARSAW — Thursday, July 27, at Kosciusko Superior Court I, a Warsaw man was sentenced on charges related to strangling a female in the presence of children and battering police officers.
Caleb Levi Roatcap, 25, 808 East CR 400S, Warsaw, was arrested Feb. 2 and charged with domestic battery causing serious bodily injury, domestic battery with a child under the age of 16 present, strangulation, causing bodily injury to a law enforcement officer and battery by bodily waste.
Officers with Warsaw Police Department responded to a domestic battery call on Feb. 2. Upon arrival, officers found two children at the residence. One child was crying, and the other child told officers, “He choked my mom He’s still in the room with my mom.”
According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers entered the bedroom of the residence and observed a male holding Roatcap down on the floor. Roatcap had blood on his face, hands and arms. The male told officers he had been downstairs when he heard a commotion in the bedroom. He discovered Roatcap applying a chokehold to the female, causing her to go unconscious. The female was unresponsive and did not appear to be breathing.
Officers attempted to gain control of the situation, but Roatcap resisted, knocking one officer’s body cam off and kicking another officer in the stomach.
While transporting Roatcap, officers received information that Roatcap had taken an overdose of hydrocodone. Roatcap was then transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital. At the hospital, he was handcuffed and leg shackled to the bed for the protection of hospital staff. During this time, Roatcap spit on a law enforcement officer.
Roatcap’s attorney, Matthew Buehler, informed the court that Roatcap has remorseful for his actions and that alcohol was a big factor in the events of Feb. 2.
“I’m very sorry that all this happened,” Roatcap stated at the sentencing, “I was not in my right mind when it happened.”
Judge David Cates stated that although Roatcap does not have a significant criminal history, “It appears you do have some issues that need to be addressed.”
In regards to the count I domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury charge, level 5 felony, Cates sentenced Roatcap to three years at the Kosciusko County Jail with one and a half years suspended to be served on probation. Regarding the count 4 battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer, a level 5 felony, Cates sentenced Roatcap to three years at the Kosciusko County Jail, with one and a half years suspended to be served on probation. The sentences will be served consecutively.
Roatcap was given 174 days of actual jail time credit. Cates also ordered Roatcap to the Bowen Center for an assessment and to follow all recommendations by Bowen Center as well as to the Kosciusko County Drug & Alcohol Program to be assessed. Roatcap is to have no contact with the female victim or her family and was ordered to pay all user fees and court costs associated with these charges.