Police: Man broke into residence, battered woman


A Seymour man faces three felonies after he broke into a woman’s residence and battered and strangled her, police report.

Matthew Scott Gillaspy, 43, faces a preliminary Level 5 felony charge of burglary following an incident reported to police early Monday morning.

He also faces preliminary Level 6 felonies of strangulation and domestic battery in the presence of a child.

Seymour Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said police were called to the 700 block of West Fifth Street at 3:30 a.m.

The woman told police she woke up at 2 a.m. and Gillaspy had broken into her residence and was standing in her bedroom. Hayes said the woman told police that at one point, Gillaspy put a plastic bag over her head and she started to scream.

“That’s when he let her up and left the residence before police arrived,” Hayes said.

He said Gillaspy and the woman had been in a relationship at one time.

Gillaspy was later found at a residence on Elizabeth’s Way, where he was arrested.

“This incident is still under investigation,” Hayes said.

Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster has been assigned to head the investigation.

Gillaspy was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:45 a.m. Monday without bond.

A Level 5 felony is punishable between one and six years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.

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