Woman accused of battery while on probation, spitting on officer

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - A woman was arrested for repeatedly punching her ex-boyfriend while on probation for battery, according to the probable cause affidavit. Charges were also filed against the woman for allegedly spitting on a police officer.  

Melena Wilson, 19, was arrested and charged with one count of domestic battery with a previous conviction, one count of domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, one count of battery against a public safety official and one count of battery by bodily waste, where the victim is a public safety officer.

On Sunday, officers with the Mishawaka Police Department were called to the 1000 block of W. Broadway Street for a domestic dispute involving three people outside a vehicle.

According to dispatch notes, a woman was trying to get into the vehicle and a man was kicking another man on the ground.

Police found the victim crawling in the snow behind a van in the 1000 block of Broadway.

The victim was bleeding heavily from several places on his face, especially from his nose, police reported.

He also had what appeared to be severe trauma marks on the left side of his face.

The victim told police that earlier that night, he decided to rekindle with his ex-girlfriend, Melena Wilson.

The two spent the night drinking and as they were driving home from a gym, they began to argue, reports said.

As the victim was driving, Wilson allegedly punched him in the face with a closed fist.

The victim tried to shield his face from the punches but never hit back, reports said.

He asked Wilson to stop, and she eventually did once they got to the residence on Broadway, according to police reports.

Once there, the two got out of the vehicle and Wilson began hitting the victim in the face with a closed fist again, reports said.

As the victim tried to hold Wilson against the vehicle to shield himself from the punches, Wilson allegedly began yelling for help.

Officers saw dirt on the victim's legs and blood coming from his knee.

According to police, the victim had damage to his face that was more severe than what a punch from a 5 feet 2 inches woman could cause.

Police wondered if he had been hit by the vehicle, but the victim said he never lost consciousness but didn't think he was ever struck by the vehicle.

He said it was only him and Wilson involved in the incident and no one else.

Officers found Wilson banging on the victim's door and yelling to let her in, reports said.  

Wilson seemed highly intoxicated and agitated, they said.

Wilson told police she only hit the victim because he strangled her, according to police reports.

Officers did not see any visible injuries on Wilson's face or neck, reports said.

Her right hand was bruised and swelling, injuries consistent with hitting a person multiple times in the face, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and Wilson was taken to the St. Joseph County Correctional Facility. 

On the drive there, Wilson allegedly became agitated that she was going to jail and became verbally abusive.

When she and the officer walked into the facility, Wilson allegedly rammed her shoulder into the officer's back.

The officer then pinned Wilson against the wall of the intake area to prevent it from happening again, according to reports.

As the officer filled out paperwork inside, Wilson allegedly spit on his uniform.

Wilson has a prior battery conviction against the victim, according to court documents.

She was on probation for the battery conviction at the time of the February 5 incident, reports said.

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