GREENSBURG – A Laurel man confined, threatened, battered and attacked a woman with an electronic stun weapon during a domestic dispute that began at a residence Friday in Greensburg and culminated in the suspect’s arrest two days later, police said.
David W. Napier, 36, of 9142 Longbranch Road in Laurel, was arrested Sunday following an alleged violent incident that led to six felony and two misdemeanor charges being filed in Decatur Superior Court.
Napier was charged Tuesday with two counts of criminal confinement as well as intimidation, dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine, battery, and strangulation. All are felonies of varying severity.
Napier also faces misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and possession of marijuana, according to court documents.
Police arrested Napier following an apparent series of violent incidents that occurred at a Greensburg residence over the weekend. Court documents state that Napier confined a woman to a bathroom “while armed with a TASER or electronic stun weapon,” and injured that same female acquaintance at some point during the altercation.
Additionally, investigators allege Napier threatened to kill the woman if she reported the battery to police; used the stun weapon on the female victim; impeded the woman’s ability to breathe by “applying pressure to [her] nose and mouth;” struck the woman “resulting in redness, pain and bruising;” manufactured methamphetamine in a cellar of the Greensburg home, and was in possession of marijuana.
Greensburg Police Captain Bill Meyerrose said the incident was reported to police Sunday afternoon after the woman was able to escape from the home. Investigators subsequently obtained three separate search warrants, the last of which stemmed from the discovery of a purported meth lab in the home’s basement or cellar.
Meyerrose said the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team disposed of the suspected meth lab in the home Sunday evening.
It was not clear how the long the woman was detained against her will, investigators noted.
Meyerrose said a large screw was inserted into the home’s bathroom door by Napier in order to keep the woman from leaving. The suspect eventually removed the screw partially to allow her to leave the room, the police captain said. The incident began with an argument Friday that escalated into threats and the eventual use of a weapon. Investigators believe the physical violence stopped at some point between late Friday and early Sunday.
The victim was taken to the emergency room at Decatur County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries and was later released, the veteran police captain said Wednesday.
“She did have some injuries,” Meyerrose said. “Nothing severe, thank goodness.”
Napier made his initial court appearance Tuesday. During that session, a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf and a counsel status hearing that will lead to the appointment or hiring of a defense attorney was scheduled for March 2.
The case is set to go to trial at 8:30 a.m. May 18 in Superior Court.
Napier remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Matthew Bailey set the suspect’s bond at $100,000 Tuesday.
An order preventing Napier from having contact with the victim was issued Wednesday as well. The suspect was previously convicted of visiting a common nuisance in 1999 and served supervise probation. He successfully completed community service, according to court records.