WARSAW — Police responded on Monday, June 11, to a report from an eyewitness who said she saw a man dragging a woman across the street by her hair in Warsaw. Police heard from the victim, who described a horrific tale of abuse at the hands of a Warsaw man who now faces multiple violence-related charges.
Alfred Walter Paul McDonald, 52, 602 S. McClellan St., Warsaw, is charged with criminal confinement, a level 5 felony, strangulation, a level 6 felony and domestic battery with moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony.
According to the Warsaw Police Department, dispatchers received a call that a man was dragging a woman by her hair in the area of South McClellan Street, and officers arrived to find a woman who reported to officers as the victim. The woman told officers that the man, identified as McDonald, left and went to his home at 602 S. McClellan St. When officers arrived there, the owner of the property told police that McDonald had fled south on foot.
The woman told officers that she and McDonald had been dating for about a year and co-habitating for about eight months. In that time, according to the alleged victim, she had been living in constant fear from McDonald’s physical and mental abuse.
Officers reported to observe old and new bruising, as well as cuts, to the woman’s legs, arms, back and face. Police said hair had been pulled from the woman’s scalp and that she had clumps of hair in her hair.
The woman told police that McDonald would not allow her to leave the bedroom and even provided her a bucket for when she needed to use the restroom. He also made her go into the restroom with him when he needed to use the restroom.
The woman told police that when the couple woke up on the morning of June 11, McDonald became angered and began calling her names and striking her with a belt across the back. She reported that she dropped into the fetal position to protect herself and that McDonald began punching and kicking her before putting a pillow over her face and pushing down. He also, according to the woman, placed both hands around her throat and began to restrict her airflow with his thumbs, which caused her to temporarily lose consciousness.
The woman told police that the abuse continued until McDonald heard someone in the driveway. As he left the room, the woman said she jumped out a window and escaped the residence.
She told police that when he realized that she’d left, McDonald chased her to 511 S. McClellan Street, beating her again and dragging her down the street. She said he let her go when he realized that police had been called.
Police searched the residence at 602 S. McClellan St. and observed a metal can they believe McDonald used as the woman’s toilet.
McDonald was booked into Kosciusko County Jail the next day, Tuesday, June 12.