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Mt. Vernon Man Arrested on Charges of Rape, Confinement, Strangulation

The Posey County Sheriff's Office says a Mt. Vernon man was arrested on multiple charges Friday including Rape, Criminal Confinement, and Strangulation.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 12:57 PM

The Posey County Sheriff's Office says a domestic disturbance complaint made early Friday morning led to the arrest of a Mt. Vernon man on multiple felony charges including Rape, Criminal Confinement, Strangulation, and Battery.

According to PCSO, while deputies were on a separate complaint, officers of the Mt. Vernon Police Department responded to assist.

Officials spoke with both the alleged suspect, 27-year-old Colin Weatherford of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and the victim.

PCSO says that during the investigation, it was claimed the victim was held against her will and her cell phone was taken from her, leaving her no way for her to call for help. The victim was choked and raped before she was able to get away and run to a neighbor’s home for help.

Weatherford was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Rape - Level 3 felony
  • Criminal Confinement – Level 4 felony
  • Strangulation – Level 6 felony
  • Domestic Battery – Level 6 felony
  • Interference in Reporting a crime – Class A misdemeanor
  • Invasion of Privacy – Class B misdemeanor

The sheriff's office says the case remains under investigation. Weatherford remains in the Posey County Jail.

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