PRINCETON — Neighbors heard a woman screaming for help and called 911, resulting in the arrest of a Patoka man on nine criminal counts Monday, including attempted rape, aggravated battery, criminal confinement and strangulation.
Roy A. Donaldson, 40, appeared before Gibson Circuit Judge Jeffrey Meade Monday, where his bond was set at $25,000 cash and Daniel Moon was appointed as indigent counsel. A progress hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. April 5.
Donaldson is charged with level 3 felony counts of attempted rape, burglary with bodily injury, aggravated battery and criminal confinement with serious bodily injury. He is also charged with level 6 felony counts of strangulation, residential entry, class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime, resisting law enforcement and class B misdemeanor mischief.
The probable cause affidavit compiled by Princeton Police Officer Chelsea Jones says PPD units were dispatched first to the 800 block of West Broadway, where a caller reported hearing a female screaming for help. Police drove through the area and couldn't locate a disturbance, but received a second call to the 100 block of South Center Street about a woman yelling for help.
Jones reported that she arrived at the apartment complex and found an apartment door slightly ajar and heard a woman yelling for help and a man yelling. She reported that she entered and saw the Donaldson pinning the woman to the ground. According to the affidavit, Jones ordered him to stop and she held him at gunpoint until PPD Sgt. Steve McNeece arrived and Donaldson was taken into custody.
In the affidavit, the witness told PPD Detective Mike Hurt that Donaldson entered her apartment without her permission or knowledge, choked her to unconsciousness and tried to rape her, and tried to choke her again before she struck him in the mouth with a novelty baseball bat souvenir and tried to get out the door. The witness told police that Donaldson struck her to prevent her from calling for help and pinned her to the ground.
According to Jones' affidavit, Donaldson struggled with police at the Gibson County Jail. During the investigation, police noted that the door frame to the apartment was split, showing forced entry.