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Columbus police arrested a Columbus man after being called to a domestic violence incident in Candlelight Village.

Jordan Mitchell Smith, 29, 2635 12th St., was arrested early Sunday on charges of criminal confinement, a Class D felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

The victim is refusing to press charges, according to police.

“Often times, victims are reluctant to press charges and cooperate because they are afraid of retaliation,” Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said. “I don’t know if that’s the case here or not, but if we see signs that a battery has been committed, it doesn’t matter whether the victim cooperates or not. We will make an arrest.”

Shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, at least two residents of Candlelight Village notified police that a man and woman were loudly arguing in a

residence in the 3600 block of Nicholas Lane, Myers said.

No one answered the door, and after knocking several times patrolmen were about to leave. A neighbor showed them where voices could be heard, and a female voice was heard saying, “Help me, help me.”

Officers broke open the door and found a 30-year-old woman with blood on her face, a swollen lip and bruises on her arms, Myers said. She told police that she and Smith, who is the father of her 3-year-old child, had been drinking and got into an argument.

In October 2012, Smith was placed on two years’ probation after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated as a Class D felony for an offense that occurred earlier that year.

The woman told the officers she didn’t want to get him in further trouble.

While bond for Smith was originally set at $22,500, the amount was lowered to $7,500 surety or $750 cash after he was held for 48 hours. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was still being held in the Bartholomew County Jail.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash. A hearing about the alleged parole violation is scheduled for March 7 in Bartholomew Circuit Court.

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