CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) — A hangup phone call to 911 on Tuesday led Campbell police to find a woman being held against her will and resulted in her husband’s arrest.
According to a police report, an officer was sent to 531 Hyatt Ave. in Campbell about 3 p.m. after Mahoning County dispatchers got a hangup 911 call and got no response when they called the number back. The officer said he could hear a woman screaming inside the house from the front porch.
When the officer looked inside, he saw a man standing at the top of the stairs and he attempted to make contact by knocking on the front door and loudly yelling “police.” He said the man looked directly at him and then walked into what appeared to be the home’s kitchen area, according to the report.
He called for backup and again knocked on the door, saying “police, open the door.” He said the woman started screaming again and he again told the man to open the door or he would kick it in.
The officer said after no one answered, he began to kick the front door in an attempt to gain entry, but the door did not even budge after six kicks, the report states. The officer then went to the back of the house to ensure the man did not flee and to see if he could make entry from there.
The officer said there was a single door in the back and all the windows had heavy duty steel bars on them. He attempted to pry boards off the 6-foot double walled fence, which also had a double-walled padlocked fence door, which was locked from the inside, the report states.
He then climbed over the fence to the back yard and tried to kick in the rear door, but it would not budge after 10 kicks. The officers said they could hear a woman inside continuing to scream and yell “please” and they then saw a small child in the front window of the upstairs who was visibly crying, according to the report.
The officer then kicked the front door again and when it finally opened, he found a woman in the front foyer with blood on her and visibly injured. The man, later identified as Michael Shepard, 53, was still standing at the top of the landing, with a little girl standing behind him.
The woman told officers her daughter was dead, but officers found no evidence of anyone else in the home.
Police said Shepard did not comply with repeated orders to get on the ground and they drew their Tasers and their guns, but Shepard complied after their fourth command, laying face down on the ground. Officers placed him under arrest and charged him with domestic violence and obstruction.
Because of the large amount of blood on his clothing, officer searched him for injuries, but only found minor scrapes on the knuckles of both hands, the report states. Officers said the victim was bloodied and they also found blood on the banister, floor and Shepard’s clothing.
The victim told officers her husband refused to let them in and was going to the kitchen to grab a knife to cut himself so he could tell police that she did it, the report states. She also said her husband has threatened her that if police were ever called to the house, they would take away her child.
She repeatedly asked officers not to take her child and told them she was afraid her husband would come back and kill her. She said she is from the Philippines and has no family here.
The victim told officers she is completely dependent on her husband and cannot even drive, the report states. She also said he took her cell phone, which has all of the contact numbers for her family overseas. Officers did find the phone in the basement and took the victim to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she received stitches for a cut on her forehead, the report states.
They took pictures of the victim’s injuries as well as the inside of the house. They found multiple weapons in plain view, but officers determined none were used against the victim.
Once at the Campbell Police Department, officers discovered Shepard has a temporary protection order filed against him by his wife ordering he have no contact with her or their child.
Shepard was charged with felony abduction, domestic violence and felony obstructing official business. He is being held at the Campbell City Jail without bond and is due in Campbell Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Friday.