Muncie, Indiana man accused of trying to drown, electrocute ex-girlfriend
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police arrested a Muncie, Indiana, man on Sunday after they say he brutally beat his ex-girlfriend, trying to drown and electrocute her in the process.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the incident took place on Sunday, June 17.
Police say the victim was driven to City Hall by a friend. The woman had black eyes, scratches all over her arms and leg, leaves in her hair and dirt on her clothes. She lost consciousness before EMS arrived to transport her to the hospital.
A short time later, after she had regained consciousness, the woman told police that she had broken up with her boyfriend, 32-year-old Christopher Warfel, three weeks earlier, and she had been hiding from him since then.
According to the probable cause affidavit, she told police that she'd been walking near the intersection of East 29th and South Madison Streets in Muncie in the afternoon, when she saw Warfel's red Chevy truck.
At that point, she said she tried to run away, but Warfel grabbed her and threw her in the truck, holding a knife to her. She said he then drove her to his home in the 900 block of West Jackson Street, telling her that if she tried to run, he would kill her.
But the victim said she tried to run anyway, and when she darted toward a nearby river, Warfel grabbed her head and shoved it under the water in an attempt to drown her.
He then allegedly dragged her by her hair back toward the house, until she lost consciousness and he had to carry her.
Once inside the house, police say he put her in the bathtub filled with water, plugged in a hair straightener and tried to throw it in the bathtub in an attempt to electrocute her.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Warfel then cleaned all the mud off of himself, walked out of the bathroom and "faked a heart attack." That's when the victim says she was able to climb out the bathroom window, run to a neighbor's house and call her mother.
During the entire incident, the woman says Warfel, "would randomly escalate and start hitting and punching her all over, then stop for a while, then start hitting her again."
Police say she had "two swollen black eyes, a cut inside her mouth, two swollen cuts on her head, a cut on the left side of her neck consistent with that of a knife, and scratches all over her arms and legs," as well as red marks and bruising all over her body.
Police say they ultimately arrested Warfel in the 300 block of North Delawanda Avenue.
"When Christopher refused to cooperate with police, he was apprehended by Police K-9," the probable cause affidavit states.
Warfel is charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, domestic battery, intimidation, strangulation and interference with the reporting of a crime.
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