Public beating spurs witnesses to action

Mug shot of Jabari Eldridge courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police said several witnesses called 911 and went to get help from downtown security officers after seeing a man beating a woman in a parked car with a young child in the backseat.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, Jabari R. Eldridge, 30, of Fort Wayne, got into a fight with his girlfriend of two years while they were running errands on February 13. His girlfriend told police Eldridge got upset after she told him she had a headache. He then began yelling at her five-year-old son who was in the backseat of the car.

Eldridge allegedly hit the victim in the face and then pulled the car over on E. Wayne Street, next to the Citizen’s Square building, and grabbed her throat. The woman told police she honked the car’s horn to get people’s attention while he was hitting her.

Police said several people who were passing by called 911 and went to get help from the security officers in Citizen’s Square.

When officers arrived, the security guards had already pulled Eldridge off the victim and out of the car. Police arrested Eldridge at the scene.

According to the probable cause, Eldridge has a history of domestic violence.

Eldridge is facing a Domestic Battery (Committed in Presence of Child Less Than 16 Years) charge, which is a class D felony.

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