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A Woman Told Police A Man Grabbed Her Outside Her Apartment. Now, He's Behind Bars.

Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department; MEGA

James Banks.

Jan. 16 2023, Published 5:00 p.m. ET

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An Indiana man who police say battered a woman was arrested last week.

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James Banks, 22, of Bedford, Indiana, was arrested in connection to the incident and charged with domestic battery resulting in injury and strangulation.

Police were called to Industrial Park Apartments a little after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. A woman told police that when she left her apartment, she saw Banks sitting in the hallway.

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The woman told officers that she altered her walking path so she would not have to pass Banks to get to her apartment. However, she said Banks started running up the stairs to catch her.


Police say Banks grabbed the hood of the woman's jacket and pulled her into his grasp before knocking the wind out of her. The woman told police that Banks wrapped his arm around her upper torso so she couldn't leave. The woman then pushed him off and went into her apartment.

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Banks, who also lives in the apartment complex, was no longer on scene when police arrived. Police returned to the scene a little before 9 p.m. and arrested Banks.

Police say Banks admitted to following the woman but denied putting his hands on her. He did also admit to grabbing her hood to get her attention, according to WBIW.


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