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Man faces charges of strangulation, battery

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A Center Grove area resident was arrested after a woman told police he grabbed her by the neck and tackled her when she tried to escape.

Justin Wheat was arrested on charges of strangulation and domestic battery.

The woman was asleep at 1 a.m. Saturday when Wheat came into her house and grabbed her by the neck, she told police. He brought her to the bathroom and continued to strangle her there and then in the garage, she told police.

Strangulation means to kill someone by squeezing their throat, but Indiana law defines strangulation as intentionally applying pressure to someone else’s throat.

The woman was able to free herself from him and start running across the street to a relative’s house, but he tackled her in the road and brought her back to the house, she told police. She escaped again and called the police from her relative’s house, according to the police report.

The woman had bruises around her neck and all over her body, according to the police report. She was treated and released from Franciscan St. Francis-Indianapolis.

Wheat told police they had a fight and had both pushed each other. He denied anything had happened in the garage or street. Wheat, 31, of 960 Santa Ana Drive, was taken to the Johnson County jail and held without bond.

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