News and Tribune

October 23, 2012

Teenager arrested for assault on girlfriend

Jeffersonville man accused of strangulation, pushing girlfriend down stairs


JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville teenager is facing multiple preliminary felony charges for assaulting his girlfriend in his home Saturday afternoon, police said.

Kyle Lamont Willis, 18, of 3912 Haystack Drive, is accused of abusing his girlfriend after she confronted him about watching pornography on the Internet.

Jeffersonville Police Department officers responded to a domestic disturbance call made by a neighbor who told authorities she had heard screaming coming from Willis’ home about 3:30 p.m. When police arrived to the area, the officers were flagged down by the woman who had called authorities and taken the female neighbor into her home.

The caller told officers she had seen Willis and the female arguing on the sidewalk in front of their nearby home. The couple noticed the young woman was walking with a limp, so they invited her into their home, at which time Willis left the area in a vehicle.

When officers went into the neighbors’ home they found the young woman lying on a couch crying and in obvious pain. The young woman had an ice pack on her left ankle and a bloody lip, an officer noted in the incident report. The young woman said she sustained the injuries from Willis pushing her down a flight of stairs.

EMS paramedics arrived and treated the woman.

She told officers that she had confronted Willis after discovering he had been looking at pornography on the Internet. An argument ensued, the woman told police, and when she attempted to leave, Willis threw her down onto a bed and pinned her there.

“[The woman] advised that Mr. Willis then placed his hands around her neck and started to choke her,” according to the incident report.

Officers found redness around the woman’s neck.

She continued to tell officers that she was able to break free from Willis and left the bedroom.

Willis again grabbed her, she told police, and pulled her back, but she was again able to escape his grasp by slipping out of her jacket. She told officers Willis then pushed her, causing her to fall down stairs and injure her ankle.

As paramedics were preparing to transfer the woman for additional treatment and evaluation, Willis returned to his home. As Willis was being taken into custody, he admitted to restraining his girlfriend, but stated he only did so in self-defense.

Willis was preliminarily charged by Jeffersonville police with aggravated battery, a class B felony, criminal confinement, a class D felony, and strangulation, a class D felony.

During a hearing Monday, a $30,000 court-cash bond was set. A person can be released under a court-cash bond if 10 percent of the amount is paid.

Willis is scheduled to appear in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 at 11 a.m. Thursday for an initial hearing.