June 21, 2013

Indiana man in jail for assault

Rachel Brown

— A man who police say concealed himself inside his girlfriend’s hideaway bed after beating and threatening her remained in the Murray County jail without bond on Thursday.

Phillip Michael McDermitt, 32, of 9391 W. 550 North, Delphi, Ind., was charged Saturday by the Chatsworth Police Department with obstruction of an officer, terroristic threats and acts, disorderly conduct, simple assault and aggravated assault.

According to an incident report, an anonymous caller told police that McDermitt was being violent toward the woman at the Murray Lodge where the two were staying. When police and a Murray County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived, they couldn’t get anyone to come to the door for several minutes.

When the woman finally did open the door, she was trembling and told police McDermitt had left but allowed them to search. A deputy located him inside the hideaway bed. The report states the officers struggled with McDermitt and sustained abrasions and scratches.

After he was in custody, the woman said he had been violent toward her numerous times since their relationship began six months earlier and that he had cut her wrists, screamed at her, beat her, tried to bite her in the face and threatened to kill her.

This isn’t McDermitt’s first brush with the law. Newspaper records show he led authorities on a several-days-long chase in July 2010 after they said he kidnapped his then 2-year-old son after a fight with the child’s mother. McDermitt lived in Chatsworth at the time and was arrested in Indiana. The child was found unhurt. In April 2011, McDermitt in a negotiated plea was sentenced to 12 months in prison for misdemeanor battery (family violence).