Woman uses ‘text to 911’ to summon police

A woman who could not speak to emergency operators without alerting an individual she said was injuring her used Bartholomew County’s text to 911 option to summon police.

At about 9:40 p.m. Friday, Columbus Police officers were sent to a house in the 1200 block of Lafayette Avenue about a domestic disturbance, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The officers made contact with the woman who had texted to 911 and noted that her neck was red and her left arm was bruised, Harris said. She also told officers that she had been choked and her head had been slammed into a wall, Harris said.

Officers located Richard D. Trulock, 33, 1214 Lafayette Ave., in an upstairs bedroom in the home, where he was arrested on charges of strangulation and domestic battery with a child present, Harris said.

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