By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw woman was recently arrested after allegedly battering a man with a hacksaw.
Michelle Anne Poe, 35, 223 W. Jefferson St. 1, Warsaw, is charged with domestic battery while armed with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony; and operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, a level 6 felony.
On June 10, a Warsaw police officer responded to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a gray Buick passenger car traveling south away from the residence. The officer also noticed a man lying near the front door of the residence.
According to court documents, the man’s right eye was swollen shut and bleeding. When asked what happened, the man said a woman, later identified as Poe, had allegedly hit him with a hacksaw. Poe had left the scene in a gray Buick.
Warsaw police officers were informed of the Buick leaving the residence and found Poe in her vehicle. Officers discovered that Poe was operating a vehicle with a driver’s status of habitual traffic violator. Officers also noticed a hacksaw in the back seat of Poe’s vehicle.
Aside from an injury to his right eye, the man also sustained several cuts on his right shoulder, two puncture wounds on the back of his right arm, scratches on the back of his left shoulder and swollen scratches near his left eye. The man said the puncture wounds were from being struck with a set of keys by Poe.
Two witnesses who were present during the domestic dispute said the man was calm while attempting to talk with Poe, but that Poe was angry, yelling, screaming and throwing items at him.
Poe told officers that the man would not let her leave her residence and that he threw her on a bed several times while they were arguing. She said she began to throw items at the man and admitted to swinging the hacksaw at the man.
Poe had an initial hearing for this case at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 25.