LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette man who police said held his girlfriend and five children overnight at gunpoint faces eight felony charges.
Investigators said Jerwond Williams, Jr., 20, used a loaded handgun to hold the six people overnight from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15.
The woman told police that Williams let her go when she said she needed to leave for a job interview and had to take her children with her.
Detectives said during the incident, Williams hit the girlfriend in the face as well her 8-year-old son in the chest so hard it knocked the wind out of him.
The children in the house ranged in age from 8 years old to 3 months old.
After he was arrested, Williams told police the woman could have left the apartment at any time.
Williams faces eight felonies including six counts of criminal confinement.
He was in the Tippecanoe County Jail Monday night on $25,000 bond.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
There were several two hour delays for area schools Thursday morning. As of Thursday evening, there are none for Friday morning.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.