PERU — Police say a 58-year-old Peru man kidnapped a woman after her car broke down and held her in his house, where he beat her, shaved her head and forced her to call her employer and quit her job.
Police responded to a Peru residence at around noon last Tuesday, where they found the victim on the front porch.
She told officers a man named Rommie Walton had held her against her will at the house and was currently passed out drunk inside, according to a probable-cause affidavit released Tuesday.
The victim told police that she and Walton had been in an “abusive and controlling relationship” before she left him and dyed her hair to disguise herself from Walton.
Then, last week, when the victim was leaving a store and heading to Kokomo for work, she noticed a vehicle pull up near the store with Walton inside as a passenger.
The victim told police she attempted to flee, but her vehicle broke down on the road, according to the affidavit.
Walton then approached the woman’s vehicle and forced her to open the door before demanding she scoot into the passenger seat. He then got behind the wheel and sped off “in a dangerous manner.”
Police said Walton took the woman to a residence, where he grabbed her cell phone and smashed it against the porch before pulling her from the vehicle and into the house.
Once inside, Walton began slapping and punching the victim and calling her profane names. He then grabbed a scissors and cut her shirt and threatened to stab her before getting an electric razor and shaving her head.
The woman told police Walton also forced her to call her employer and quit her job, telling her she could not work anymore, according to the affidavit.
The victim told police she then waited out the rest of the day being verbally abused by Walton, who was drinking continually. The victim told police Walton eventually passed out drunk, which allowed her to escape the house.
Walton was arrested Saturday on a warrant for felony charges of domestic battery, confinement, kidnapping and intimidation, and a misdemeanor charge of interfering with reporting a crime. He was incarcerated at the Miami County jail on a $33,000 bond.