Man accused of battering, confining woman in shed

A local man was arrested on charges of strangulation, confinement and battery after being accused of assaulting a woman.

Columbus police were sent to a shed in the 2400 block of Indiana Avenue about noon Saturday after a disturbance was reported, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Joshua D. Streeval, 26, of 2401 Indiana Ave., was arrested on preliminary charges of strangulation and criminal confinement, both Level 6 felonies, as well as battery with bodily injury as a Class A misdemeanor, Harris said.

While strangulation means the act of killing by squeezing the throat, Indiana law defines it as intentionally applying pressure to another person’s throat or obstructing their nose or mouth.

When police arrived, they heard the sounds of a fight and screams from a female and rushed to the back yard, Harris said. Officers found both Streeval, as well as a woman with red marks on her neck and face, inside a shed.

Following questioning, Streeval was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where bond originally was set at $20,000, jail officials said.

However, Streeval was expected to be released Monday following a 48-hour hold, jail officials said.

Streeval already was scheduled to stand trial on Dec. 19 on charges filed in June for resisting law enforcement and driving while suspended, according to records filed in Bartholomew Superior Court 2.

In May, Streeval was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury and resisting law enforcement, court records show. The trial date for that case — also before Judge Kathleen “Kitty” Tighe Coriden — is set for Dec. 14.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.