Woman Escaped Man to Call Police

Police allege Dondie Williams fled his court-ordered home confinement last week and held a woman against her will inside her home, raping and physically assaulting her over several days before she was able to reach a phone to call for help.

Following his arrest, Ohio County Magistrate Patty Murphy arraigned Williams on charges of escape, kidnapping, sexual assault and malicious wounding. The 33-year-old Wheeling resident remains lodged in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $100,000 cash-only bond.

According to court documents, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department learned on Dec. 14 that Williams cut his ankle bracelet and absconded his home confinement. He was sentenced just four days prior to one year probation, with the first 90 days to be served at home, for a domestic battery conviction.

Williams was still wanted by law enforcement when Wheeling police responded to a call around 2 a.m. Wednesday at a Baltimore Avenue home. Officers spoke with the female resident, who they said appeared nervous and scared. The woman had “black, swollen eyes, and her eyeballs were red as if the blood vessels had been busted,” police reported.

The woman told officers Williams was inside the home sleeping. She said she filed a restraining order against him, which had since dissolved, but she was aware of the active warrant for his arrest. Officers subsequently woke Williams and arrested him without incident.

The woman continued to speak with officers, informing them that Williams arrived at her home shortly after he removed his monitored ankle bracelet. He stole the woman’s cell phone, threatened her with violence and “kept her in fear of him,” she told police. Williams never left the home nor permitted her to leave, she noted.

He also viciously choked her, she alleged, causing the injuries to her eyes. She alleged Williams raped her multiple times over several days, causing injuries due to a recent medical procedure.