WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested after battering a woman in front of two children.
William Patrick Ross, 32, 212 S. Union St., Warsaw, is charged with domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.
On Jan. 14, a Warsaw Police officer went to an alley near South Union Street regarding a domestic complaint. Upon arrival, the officer saw a vehicle parked in the alley with a man, woman, and two children inside.
According to court documents, the woman left the vehicle when the officer arrived and appeared upset. The man, later identified as Ross, exited the vehicle and spoke with the officer. Ross admitted that he and the woman had an argument but denied it was physical.
A second Warsaw officer spoke with the woman, who said she had gone to a residence to celebrate her birthday. She learned that Ross was outside the apartment with her children and went to speak with him. The woman said Ross was upset and angry; he allegedly grabbed the woman’s hair and pulled her down a set of stairs and into a yard.
The woman said she got into Ross’s vehicle since he asked her to. He shoved the woman from the vehicle’s passenger seat to the driver’s seat and also hit her on the top of her head and her right ear.
The two children in the vehicle said they saw Ross grab the woman by her hair, pull her down the stairs and hit her multiple times. The children also said the woman did not hit Ross during the altercation.
Ross was previously convicted of strangulation in Elkhart County in 2018. He is also currently out on bond for battering a police officer in Kosciusko County in December 2020.
For this recent battery incident, Ross was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Jan. 14, with a $5,250 surety and cash bond.