GREENSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – Greensburg police said a man assaulted a woman and threw a 4-year-old child into a wall in a hotel room before escaping on foot.
According to 24-Hour News 8’s partners, Greensburg Daily News, Bryce D. Wesseler, 27, was charged with domestic battery, criminal confinement and battery on a child on Friday.
The incident happened at Greensburg’s Quality Inn & Suites shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
The victim told police it started as a verbal argument but escalated when Wesseler refused to allow her to leave the hotel bathroom she had entered to retrieve personal items. The victim had told Wesseler she intended to leave the hotel room before he allegedly tried to physically prevent her from doing so.
The victim told investigators the suspect then threw her to the floor and held her down, using his hand to muffle her cries for help. A 4-year-old child attempting to aid the woman was later shoved into a wall by Wesseler, according to the police report. The child suffered “redness and swelling” in the forehead after making contact with the wall, investigators said. The child later told a hotel employee, “he [Wesseler] is always mean to us.”
A hotel employee, responding to a complaint from a guest that “a female was screaming and telling someone repeatedly to get off of her,” reached the room and told police she saw a nude male on top of a female “holding the female down or choking the female,” the booking report states. The employee then called 911. Wesseler left the hotel wearing only a pair of jeans. He was later located by officers and arrested.
Police said Wesseler’s blood alcohol content was measured at .10 percent at the time of his arrest.
Greensburg Daily reports Wesseler appeared in court via video conference from the Decatur County Jail Friday. During that appearance, Wesseler entered a plea of not guilty, and a $2,500 cash bond was set for his release.
His trial date is set for Jan. 29. Court documents say he is not allowed to have contact with the victims in the case.