Trafalgar man faces domestic battery charge

A Trafalgar man was arrested after a woman told police he punched her, put a trash bag over her head and threatened her with a knife.

Travis Michael Hopkins, 30, 4610 W. Callon Road, was arrested on charges of domestic battery, strangulation and criminal confinement.

His girlfriend called 911 just before 11 a.m. Monday and told police Hopkins punched her in the face and disabled her car so she couldn’t leave, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. She also said Hopkins put a trash bag over her head, which made her lose consciousness, the report said.

She also told police Hopkins stole her phone so she couldn’t call anyone, and put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. She found a working phone, called her mother and told her to call police and then called police herself, the report said.

Both Hopkins and the woman told police they had been arguing. Before officers arrested him, Hopkins asked officers to shoot him and end his life, the report said.

While strangulation means the act of killing by squeezing the throat, Indiana law defines it as intentionally applying pressure to another person’s throat or obstructing their nose or mouth.

Hopkins was being held Tuesday in the Johnson County jail on $2,400 bond.