Man arrested for strangulation and confinement

LEESVILLE – A Bedford man was arrested on a warrant Friday after Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to a domestic fight between a man and woman on July 4th.

Peyton Minter

Police arrested 30-year-old Peyton Minter, on charges of strangulation, criminal confinement, and domestic battery.

When police arrived at the Leesville General Store they found a woman sitting in a vehicle with marks on her neck.

The woman told police she had been in a physical altercation with her husband at her home.

The woman told police she had just started a new job and her husband was unemployed. He became upset because she had overslept and the house was a mess. 

She also stated the dogs had urinated and defecated in the house. At this time, the infuriated Minter body slammed the couple’s dog killing it. She also believed he had stabbed one of their other dogs, injuring it.

The woman told police Minter slapped her in the head leaving a red mark. He then grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against the wall.

She dropped to her knees because she couldn’t breathe, and Minter instructed her to stand back up. He then let her go.

Minter grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back inside the house dragging her through the dog feces and urine when she attempted to leave.

Minter refused to allow the woman to leave the residence, but eventually changed his mind and she fled the home.

She waved down the first vehicle she saw. They helped her escape and called the police.

The woman was checked by an IU Health ambulance crew. She refused to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

Officers went to the home in the 2800 block of Old US 50 East. The house was locked and the female did not have a key. Minter had fled in the woman’s vehicle.

Police saw several dogs in the house but all dogs did not display any injuries.

Officers offered to assist the woman to find another place to stay. The woman refused and stated she would prefer to walk to Bloomington and ask for police assistance there.  

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