Man arrested after holding woman hostage, injuring her during a domestic fight

BEDFORD – An Orleans man faces criminal charges after Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a 911 call on December 31.

Josiah Asbery

A warrant was issued for 25-year-old Josiah Asbery on charges of criminal mischief, three counts of domestic battery, criminal confinement, intimidation, and strangulation.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on that day at approximately 4:59 p.m., police received a 911 call reporting a woman had been injured during a domestic fight.

The woman was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital for treatment.

Asbery had fled the scene.

The woman told police Asbery was high on meth and held her hostage for several days. She told police he had threatened to slit her throat and showed her that he had a knife on his person.  

She said Asbery got upset, streaming and destroying the house because he was out of drugs. a

She claimed Asbery had slapped her and pressed his finger into her temple. He then dragged her off the bed causing her to fall, hitting her head. The alteration continued outside where Asbery threw her to the ground and kicked her in the ribs with his steel-toed boots. He then punched her in the face and back of the head. 

She told police Asbery was calling her names and said she was lucky that he didn’t kill her. 

The woman was able to escape and run back inside but Asbery followed and pushed her onto a bed and choked her. She told police she had her child in her arms and Asbery took the child and threw him on the bed. The child was not injured.

The woman signed a battery affidavit. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Asbery’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.