RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) — A man has pleaded guilty to taking a woman hostage in Rensselaer last August.
A woman called police saying her ex-fiance had broken in and was battering her 65-year-old mother.
Police say they witnessed 30-year-old John Griffith with a knife, dragging the victim while choking her. They also say he threatened to kill the woman.
She eventually escaped Griffith. Police eventually took Griffith into custody after firing a non-lethal bean bag round at him.
Griffith was initially charged with criminal confinement, burglary, strangulation, and battery. He now faces a felony charge of criminal confinement per a plea agreement. A sentencing hearing is set for June.
The victim was evaluated and released at the scene.
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