WARSAW — Ryan Paul Nicholas Rautenberg 31, 312 S. CR 325E, Warsaw, was arrested on warrants for failure to appear and domestic battery charges Thursday evening, but has had additional charges added, bringing his bond to over $100,000.
Officers arrested Rautenberg on Superior Court 2 two warrants for failure to appear and a warrant for domestic battery. One failure to appear charge, a misdemeanor, carries no bond, while the other failure to appear warrant, a felony, has a $100,250 surety and cash bond. The battery charge carries a $1,500 cash bond.
In addition officers with Winona Lake Police Department booked Rautenburg on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana/hash oil/hashish. These two charges carry a $5,250 surety and cash bond.
His total bond is $107,000.
Rautenberg failed to show for an initial hearing on Feb. 22 on charges of battery while armed with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony; battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor. Superior Court II Judge Torrey J. Bauer issued a warrant for failure to appear with the $100,250 surety and cash bond.
These charges stem from a Feb. 5 incident when Warsaw Police responded to a battery occurring at McDonald’s, Commerce Drive, Warsaw. When officers arrived they found two females arguing in the parking lot. Police saw welts, swelling, redness and scratches on the forearms of one of the females. The female victim told officers she was in her vehicle when Rautenberg and another female approached her vehicle. She stated Rautenberg had a yellow children’s shovel and was hitting her vehicle so she got a hammer to protect herself. The victim said Rautenberg reached into the vehicle to take the hammer and tried to drag her through the open window of the vehicle. He then began hitting her in the arm with the hammer.
The other female at the scene told police the victim had grabbed a hammer and Rautenberg was attempting to disarm her when the altercation took place. Rautenberg took the hammer and fled.
Surveillance video from McDonald’s matched what the victim stated in addition to showing him swinging the shovel into the open driver side window. He is also seen grabbing the hammer and pulling the female partially through the open window. Additionally, he is seen making a chopping motion, hitting the female repeatedly in the forearms until she released the hammer.
He was booked in the county jail at that time on a $600 cash bond.
The domestic battery charge stemmed from a Feb. 10 incident. Warsaw Police were called to a location on Argonne Road, north of East Winona Avenue and met was a female who appeared intoxicated. She told police on Feb. 9, her former husband, Rautenberg, had hit her several times with a metal T-ball bat. Bruises on the side of her stomach were shown to police.
She told police Rautenberg told her to drink a “special” drink on Feb. 10, which caused her to become intoxicated. The couple was at the old Gate building and he had been chasing her, pushing her down onto the ground several times. When she tried to get away from him, he pushed her down again near Argonne Road and she ran toward traffic. The victim was able to get a vehicle to stop and help her. Rautenberg then fled the scene and could not be located by police. She was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital to have her injuries examined.
No details have been filed with the courts on the possession of controlled substance charges.