A man with two domestic violence-related convictions is accused of beating and choking a woman in front of two children.
Dustin L. Dupriest, 36, was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with felony strangulation, domestic battery in the presence of minor children and domestic battery with prior convictions. He was also charged with misdemeanor interfering with the reporting of a crime.
Police were called at 11:38 p.m. Friday. They encountered two girls, ages 7 and 9, who were running from their home and crying because a man and woman had been fighting and the children didn't know where the two adults were, a probable cause affidavit said.
The woman told police she was with Dupriest when they began to argue. They had split up after being together five years, the affidavit said.
Dupriest became violent and wouldn't allow the woman to leave. She couldn't call police, the affidavit said, because he took her cellphone.
Dupriest grabbed her around her neck and began choking her to the point she couldn't breathe. He also knocked her down, causing her to hit her face on the floor and scrape her knees. The bridge of her nose was bleeding, the affidavit said.
The two girls came out of their room and saw Dupriest on top of the woman. A 3-year-old girl was also in the home at the time, the affidavit said.
The woman escaped and ran to a neighbor who called police. Dupriest fled before police arrived but was arrested Saturday morning. He had the woman's cellphone in his pocket, police said.
Dupriest was convicted of felony domestic battery in 2007 in Allen County. He was also convicted in 2011 of felony battery to a pregnant woman in Huntington County and sentenced to two years in prison.