By Bonnie Culverhouse
A North Webster Parish man is behind bars on serious battery charges.
Steve Stapleton, 65, of the 5500 block of Hwy. 2, Sarepta, was arrested by Sarepta Police and charged with domestic abuse with strangulation, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery on the infirmed and aggravated second degree battery.
Sarepta Sgt. Chris Ward reported Sunday he was notified by Chief Mike McCullen that a female victim had been beaten and was waiting at the ballpark.
When Ward arrived, he said he located the female who reported Stapleton hit her in the head with a board, then hit her in the face and choked her.
“There was a cut on her forehead and she did have a black eye,” the report reads. “She also had redness and bruising on her neck.”
The victim reportedly said Stapleton threatened to kill her several times and would not let her leave. She said Stapleton had a hammer and would swing at her, striking a nearby table, and he used a sword to threatened her.
According to the report, the incidences began Friday, December 3 and concluded when she “finally got away” on Sunday, December 5.
Stapleton was arrested and is being held at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
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