Man facing several charges: Seymour resident accused of battery, confinement

A Seymour man faces several charges, including intimidation, strangulation and criminal confinement, related to an incident Friday that forced a woman and her young daughter to flee their home through a window, according to a police report.

The incident that led to those charges against Mark Phillip Hankins, 34, was investigated by Seymour Officer Adam Surface after he responded to a report of battery at 4:34 a.m. Friday.

During the investigation, Surface spoke with a woman, her young daughter and a female friend who had picked them up.

The woman told police Hankins had become “really aggressive and crazy and pushy toward her,” had hit her and would not let her leave the home, taking her keys and her phone, according to court documents.

At one point, Hankins “choked her while she was on the ground until she almost blacked out,” the woman told police.

The victim said she “literally thought Mark was going to kill her,” police said.

After locking herself and her daughter in a bedroom, the woman said Hankins threatened to harm her, and that’s when they climbed out of the window and ran to a neighbor’s house, where they stayed for an hour and a half.

When officers went to Hankins’ residence, he would not exit the home.

The Seymour Police SWAT team utilized its armored vehicle and wireless public address system to make contact with Hankins. He then left the home and was arrested.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and two vehicles on the property to search for a handgun. A loaded handgun was located in the glove box of one of the vehicles.

While being interviewed, Hankins told police the woman was “manipulative, and that she wants him to get in trouble and lose his job.”

Hankins also faces a charge of domestic battery with a prior battery conviction, a Level 6 felony, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of interfering with reporting a crime. He continues to be held without bond at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

The criminal confinement charge is a Level 5 felony, punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction. Strangulation and intimidation are Level 6 felonies.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.