Portage man accused of beating girlfriend
BY ERIN GUERRA Post-Tribune correspondent July 14, 2014 8:14PM
Tyrone Perry | Supplied photo
Updated: August 16, 2014 6:33AM
PORTAGE — Tyrone Perry’s 28-year-old girlfriend appeared desperately afraid for her life when she met with police to report an alleged attack Sunday, police said.
She insisted that their meeting be far from the home she shared with Perry in Camelot Manor, where he allegedly attacked her about 3 p.m.
Police said there were fresh welts on her arm and hips from being struck with a belt. The woman’s eye was swollen where she said Perry struck her with the heel of his hand. Her body also had healing bruises from prior incidents with Perry, including an attempted rape a week ago, she told police.
She said the latest attack started when she asked for “a few dollars” that she said she needed to buy tampons.
Now Perry faces felony charges of domestic battery and strangulation — as well as a felony charge for a brief escape — and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana charges, according to police.
A roommate and the victim’s sister told police they heard a disturbance and the victim screaming as though she were in pain. The roommate got her children out of the mobile home, while the victim’s sister called their father for help, police said.
As the sister called their father, she said, Perry came into the room wearing only a towel, picked up a knife and allegedly made the threat: “If he comes here, I’ll stab him,” police said. She said Perry then dropped the knife and the towel and came after her naked. She ran out of the trailer, and he locked the door, police said.
The victim’s father, a 53-year-old Portage Township man, arrived a short time later, according to police, and Perry allegedly confronted him outside, holding a large stick as if he were going to hit him, and saying, “Stay out of my (expletive)’s business!” according to the police report. When the older man got into a fighting stance, Perry reportedly dropped the stick and went back inside.
Police arrived and took Perry, 33, to Portage Hospital for a cut on his hand, and he denied that there had been a physical confrontation, police said.
He would not explain his or the woman’s injuries until he was told he was being charged, police said. Perry then accused the woman of hitting him, cheating on him, stealing money, nagging for money and pretending to be hurt, according to the police report.
He briefly escaped custody, police said, when an officer released him from his handcuffs to use the bathroom, but was caught within about 100 yards, police said.