Man arrested after domestic case turns physical

Jim Johnson

jjohnson@jrpress.com

A Crawfordsville man was arrested Tuesday on charges that stemmed from a domestic situation that turned physical.

Brandon Alan Merkley, 34, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail at 10:04 a.m. Tuesday on Level 6 felony charges of strangulation, criminal confinement and domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, and a misdemeanor charge of interference with the reporting of a crime. 

On Wednesday, prosecutors added a second strangulation charge from an incident July 19.

Crawfordsville police responded to domestic disturbance call at 9:09 a.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Edgewood Drive after a woman was able to place a 911 call. Before that, according to charging information filed Wednesday in Montgomery Superior Court I, Merkley prevented the woman from making a call for help. 

Court records indicate Merkley also kept her from leaving.

The woman was injured when Merkley “slammed her head through a window causing cuts and substantial pain,” according to charging information.

Crawfordsville Fire/EMS Department medics also responded Tuesday, but Crawfordsville Assistant Police Chief Jim Sessions said nobody was transported to the hospital.

Merkley is scheduled to appear in court for an initial hearing at 9 a.m. today.

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