Bedford man arrested after he smacks a woman in the face

BEDFORD – Bedford Police arrested 30-year-old James Freeman on a charge of domestic battery Friday.

James Freeman

According to a probable cause affidavit, officers went to a home in the 1010 block of 17th Street at 6:50 p.m. after receiving information from a male that his daughter had been injured in a domestic fight.

When police arrived they met the male caller outside of the home. The male said he was concerned for his daughter’s safety.

While speaking to the caller, police could hear yelling from inside the home. 

Officers spoke to a female and Freeman.

The woman told police she and her husband were just arguing and there was no physical altercation.

However officers noticed obvious injuries on the woman’s face.

The woman told police the two were fighting because Freeman didn’t think she paid enough attention to him.

She then admitted that Freeman had hit her in the side of the head, but she didn’t want to file charges because she didn’t want Freeman angry with her.

The woman would not comply with the officer’s request to sign a battery affidavit or sign a medical release form due to possible repercussions she may face from Freeman.

A woman who was across the street waved an officer over and told police she witnessed Freeman screaming at the woman in the yard and saw him smack the woman in the face.

Freeman was then arrested on a charge of domestic battery.

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 Pack also provides assistance with court advocacy, protective orders, education, outreach programs, support groups, and more.