Two in a domestic tangle – one arrested

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested Wednesday, when a warrant was issued for his arrest after a domestic incident on November 25, 2021.

Richard Collins

Police arrested 38-year-old Richard Collins, on charges of strangulation and domestic battery.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on November 25th Bedford Police officers were called to a home in the 2610 block of R Street at 4:23 a.m. after a report of a domestic dispute. When officers arrived they spoke to the female caller who told police she had been injured by her boyfriend Richard Collins during an argument.

The woman told police she had last seen Collins headed toward the back of the home. 

Officers searched the home and area but could not locate Collins.

Other officers patrolling the area found Collins in the area of 27th Street and Washington Avenue.

Back at the home, the woman reported Collins had grabbed her around the throat and slammed her to the ground. He then began hitting her in the head and she attempted to fight back.

During the struggle, the woman ripped off Collins’ shirt and was able to escape to call 911.

Collins told police he was sleeping and woke to his girlfriend standing over him asking where the rest of the drinks were. He said the woman began punching him in the head and he stood up and fought her off and then left the home.

Collins refused to press charges against the woman.

Police say both reported acting in self-defense during the altercation.

The female suffered redness to her neck and Collins suffered a scratch on his forehead.

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Collins’ arrest.

If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation and needs help, call Hoosier Hills PACT 24-hour crisis line at 1-888-883-1959 or visit their website at

The agency can provide emergency assistance with shelter to those in domestic violence situations.  Hoosier Hills PACT also provides assistance with court advocacy, protective orders, education, outreach programs, support groups, and more.