WINONA LAKE — A man faces domestic battery and false informing charges after a March incident.
Christiaan Anthony Willig, 48, 26 Trailside Dr., Winona Lake was charged with domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony; domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor; and false informing, a class B misdemeanor.
On March 21, Winona Lake police responded to a 911 call from an undisclosed residence. Upon arrival, police found Willig walking inside of the residence. Despite police knocking several times, Willig would not come to the door, said the affidavit of probable cause.
As an officer from Warsaw Police arrived at the scene, a juvenile opened the door. The juvenile looked distraught and was crying at the time, said the affidavit. At this point, Willig came to the door and told the officers as well as the juvenile that there wasn’t a problem, everything was fine.
However, Police spoke to Willig. He claimed an altercation occurred because the juvenile refused to clean up after dinner. According to Willig, the juvenile threw a pan at him, broke a bowl and brandished scissors. Officers found a pan on the kitchen floor and a broken bowl on the counter.
Willig alleged that the juvenile hit him in the head with the pan and spat on him. Officers did not find any marks on Willig’s body. However, when questioning the juvenile, she claimed she used the pan to block Willig from hitting them. The juvenile stated she tried to record the incident, but Willig confiscated her phone. She also claimed that Willig started screaming in her face. He allegedly threw the juvenile off of a chair and kicked her.
Two witnesses gave their accounts of the incident. A woman in the residence claimed Willig and the juvenile were arguing about dishes. She then called 911. She played a recording on her phone for the police. The recording allegedly contained Willig yelling “Get Out!”, as another female voice could be heard crying. The woman said she saw Willig kick the juvenile as she laid on the floor.
The second witness, another juvenile, said he was in his room at the time of the altercation. He said he heard Willig and the juvenile yelling. He believed they were hurting each other.
After further questioning, Willig admitted he followed the juvenile into a room where the first witness was located. He said he got into the juvenile’s face and told her she needed to leave the residence. He claimed that is when the juvenile spat on him. He also admitted to throwing the juvenile from the chair, said the affidavit.
After being handcuffed by police, Willig allegedly told them he thought he had “the virus,” according to the affidavit. He claimed he needed to be quarantined. He would not leave until he had a mask and gloves. Later while talking to a friend on the phone at the jail, Willig allegedly claimed he jokingly told the officers he had the virus. He said he thought it might get him a larger jail cell, said the affidavit.
Willig was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on March 21. He was later released on his own recognizance. He awaits an initial hearing for this case.