Bellville man charged with felonious assault, abduction


By Kim Gasuras - Zach Jones contributed to the story - zjones@civitasmedia.com



125 Main Street in Bellville, the site of Sunday morning’s domestic violence incident.

125 Main Street in Bellville, the site of Sunday morning’s domestic violence incident.


Bellville resident Keith James Swanger has been charged with felonious assault and abduction stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred at 4 a.m. on July 19 at 125 Main Street in Bellville.

The Richland County’s Allied Special Operations Response Team was in the village on Sunday to assist local law enforcement with a domestic violence call in which a woman was reportedly held against her will, according to Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey.

According to the initial reports, a woman placed a call to a friend informing that she had been injured then could no longer be contacted. Law enforcement received the call around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Bellville police officers, along with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol, made several attempts to contact the woman and the male resident of the home before requesting assistance from the Allied Special Operations Response Team and an Ontario Police command vehicle.

Initial reports indicated that the woman was injured in a Main Street home in Bellville and that, after making a call to a friend, she could not be contacted, Bellville police Chief Ron Willey said.

Negotiators were able to convince Swanger to come out of the house and placed him in custody.

The woman was taken to MedCentral Hospital for treatment of her injuries which included cuts, bruises, scrapes and a swollen eye.

Following the incident, police searched the residence and additionally charged Swanger with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal damaging.

The Bellville resident was previously charged with domestic violence but the case was dismissed.

125 Main Street in Bellville, the site of Sunday morning’s domestic violence incident.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/07/web1_IMG_43671.jpg125 Main Street in Bellville, the site of Sunday morning’s domestic violence incident.

By Kim Gasuras

Zach Jones contributed to the story

zjones@civitasmedia.com