CLAYPOOL — A Claypool man was arrested after a female victim stated he confined her inside a home, battered her and chased her with a car when she was able to escape.
Zackery Hernandez, 28, 7943 S. Thomas Dr., Claypool, is being charged with criminal confinement, a level 6 felony; intimidation, a level 6 felony: and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.
On Feb. 19, officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic battery call. The female victim told officers that Hernandez had confined her inside the home by using a lag bolt to permanently secure the door. She stated Hernandez got on top of her, squeezed her neck and destroyed her phone.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the female was able to escape the residence by tearing wood and metal from the back door. As the female was fleeing from the home, Hernandez drove his vehicle after her, bumping into her several times with the vehicle’s front end. The female was able to safely make it to a neighbor’s house.
The neighbor advised that while on her front porch she observed Hernandez using his vehicle to bump into the female as she was fleeing. The neighbor let the female inside her residence to use her phone. While still on the porch, Hernandez threatened to burn the neighbor’s house down. The neighbor observed redness to the female’s neck and arms.
The officer was able to observe and photograph the door secured to the frame with a lag bolt. He also observed and photographed the door that the female had broken to escape.
Hernandez was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Feb. 19, with a $5,250 surety and cash bond.