Claypool Man Arrested For Allegedly Choking Woman

Matthew Earl Manns

A Claypool man was arrested after allegedly trying to strangle a woman after she asked him to move out.

Matthew Earl Manns, 35, of 110 Warner Drive, Claypool, is charged with domestic battery with moderate bodily injury, a Level 6 felony; strangulation, a Level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Manns was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 7:18 p.m. Thursday, with a $6,000 preliminary bond.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Dec. 14 a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call in reference to a battery earlier that day. Upon arrival, the deputy talked to a woman who said she asked Manns to move out. The woman said, at first, Manns was fine with it and took some of his clothes and put them in his car.

The woman said it was like a switch flipped when he came back in to the residence. She said Manns became aggressive toward her and started yelling at her. The woman said Mann then began chocking her with one hand, making it difficult for her to breath. She said it was so hard it made her ears pop. The woman said while trying to get Manns’ hand off her throat, she scratched Manns’ face, according to court documents.

Manns then let go of the woman and she went to her bedroom. The woman said Manns followed her into the bedroom where she was sitting on the bed and Manns grabbed her by her left arm and pulled her off the bed and begged her not to call the police.

The woman said Manns then took some more items out to his car and then came back in the house and started pushing her down the hallway, pushing her several times until she fell onto the living room floor, causing her pain in the right shoulder.

The deputy documented bruises to both sides of the woman’s neck, bruising on her left arm and bruising on the back of her right shoulder from where she hit the floor, according to court documents.

Manns was on formal probation for a possession of methamphetamine case at the time of the incident.