Winona Lake man arrested for strangulation, battery in front of children

A Winona Lake man has been arrested on numerous charges including strangulation, intimidation and battery with a child under 16 present, all level 6 felony charges.

Brian Redden, 33, of Winona Lake, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Monday, October 10, for strangulation, two counts of intimidation, domestic battery with a child under 16 present, and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. He is being held in the Kosciusko County Jail on a $6,000 bond.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, on September 30, Winona Lake Police Department officers responded to a domestic battery call at 3104 Sandra Lane, Winona Lake. When officers arrived they spoke with a female victim who advised she lived at the residence with her boyfriend, Brian Redden, her two children and Redden’s child.

The officer observed a visible injury and red marks on the front of her neck and darker bruising on the side of her neck.  The victim advised she and Redden got into an argument about his child and Redden told her to get out. She said she would leave, but not immediately.  Redden allegedly pushed her down, got on top of her and started choking her. She could feel Redden shaking he was so angry. Eventually, he stopped strangling her.

The victim used her cell phone to call a friend to help her move her things and told her friend what had happened. Redden then came into the room and started choking her again, placed an arm bar with his arm across her neck and allegedly stated, “I (explicit) kill you, I (explicit) kill you right now.” Redden’s child began crying in an adjacent room and he took the child and left the residence.

The victim advised her two children were present when the battery occurred. She told police when she was being choked her voice sounded as if she was breathing helium and she experienced pain in her neck.

Officers spoke with the friend that the victim had phoned who said she could hear Redden yelling obscenities at the victim while they were on the phone together. She believed there was a scuffle occurring while on the phone and called police.