Court documents: Doctor beat, strangled woman

Michael A. Cozzi (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)
Michael A. Cozzi (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police arrested a Fort Wayne doctor this week after a woman told police he beat and strangled her in their Fort Wayne home.

Michael A. Cozzi, 50, of Fort Wayne, is facing domestic battery and strangulation charges.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, Cozzi went into Brenda Saalfrank’s bedroom at around midnight on Monday and started yelling at her about how the school system was “feminizing their son.”

Saalfrank told police Cozzi called her multiple curse words. Saalfrank then went to hit Cozzi for calling her names.

At that point, Cozzi allegedly got on top of Saalfrank and hit her across the face. Saalfrank said Cozzi held both of her arms down and put his hands on her neck. She said Cozzi then let go of her neck, but pushed her face into the bed and headboard, according to the probable cause.

Saalfrank later went to Lutheran Hospital for her injuries.

The probable cause did not confirm if Cozzi and Saalfrank are married.

As of Thursday afternoon, Cozzi was not listed in the Allen County Jail.

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