Porter County man accused of battering wife, subjecting her to constant videotaping
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent February 27, 2013 2:06PM
Joseph Lacefield | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 1, 2013 11:50AM
VALPARAISO — A 30-year-old man is accused of being a wife-batterer who videotapes the woman every hour of the day.
The 26-year-old woman victim spoke to police after she convinced suspect Joseph Lacefield, her husband, to take her to Porter Regional Hospital on Tuesday morning, to have her hand examined after he allegedly slammed it in a door when she tried to escape their home.
Police County Sheriff’s Police said the woman also had red marks on her neck, likely from fingers strangling her, a bite mark on her ear and bruises. Lacefield had left the hospital, but police used the GPS feature in his cell phone to find and arrest him at about 11:45 a.m. at a Valparaiso eatery.
He was charged with four felonies: domestic battery in the presence of a child, strangulation, intimidation and criminal confinement, plus two charges of misdemeanor battery, according to the Porter County Jail’s booking roster.
Police also seized a memory card Lacefield had with him. It is unknown what the card contains, but the woman told police she suspects it may be part of his security camera system.
The latest violence in their two-year relationship began at about 3:45 p.m. Monday, the woman said.
Lacefield believes she is cheating on him, so he has a security system that films the interior of their house and also insists she use her phone to tape herself when she walks to the school bus stop for her children, she told police. Monday afternoon, the phone went into standby mode and stopped recording.
Lacefield immediately responded with angry text messages and, when he returned home to the 1600 block of Tippecanoe Court in the Coolwood Acres subdivision, southwest of Valparaiso, he allegedly threw her to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the head, she said.
She said she took the children for a walk but Lacefield followed and allegedly forced them into his vehicle, continuing on to the Porter County Pet Clinic in Valparaiso because their dog had a veterinary appointment. There, Lacefield reportedly bit her ear as they continued arguing and an uninvolved person called police.
The woman convinced the Valparaiso officer who responded that everything was fine, but the verbal and physical assaults continued throughout the evening and resumed Tuesday morning.
After the children left for school, the woman said she attempted to leave the house, but Lacefield slammed her hand in the door, threw her to the ground and choked her, allegedly telling her, “You’re going to die today.”
As he was arrested, Lacefield cried and told officers how much he loves his wife. During questioning later, however, he also accused her of drugging him and having a strange man rape him on their honeymoon, according to the police report.