Man admits to beating, choking neighbor for alleged mistreatment of dog

BLOOMINGTON, IN - According to authorities, a man has been arrested and charged after admitting that he physically assaulted his neighbor for allegedly mistreating his dog. 

Bloomington police were reportedly called to North Arlington Park Drive on Sunday, October 1st around 4:00 p.m. Upon arrival, officers stated that they found a man topless, sweaty and with grass stains on his pants.

The man has since been identified as 22-year-old Chase A. Warfel. Almost immediately after arriving on scene, Warfel admitted what he did. Court documents obtained by FOX59 show that Warfel said the altercation was his fault. 

He said that he was "tired of the other man mistreating his dog, not feeding him or taking him outside." Warfel admitted that he struck the man several times and even attempting to start of the fight again after being read his "Miranda Rights" by the police.

Neighbors who live in the same apartment complex confirmed that Warfel assaulted the man, striking him in the face multiple times. 

When speaking to the responding officers, the man who was attacked said that while getting struck in the face by Warfel, he was also choked by the man. The choking caused him to be impeded of his breathing, causing him to see black and feel like he was about to pass out.

One of the neighbors reportedly recalled hearing the man say that he could not breathe while he was getting choked by Warfel. 

Police did not confirm the dog's condition or if the dog was removed from the victim's possession. It is not clear if the man will be investigated for possible animal abuse.

Warfel has been charged with one count of strangulation, level six felony and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class a misdemeanor. A jury trial has been scheduled for February 19, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.

In a separate incident our of Van Buren County, Michigan, a 58-year-old man attacked his neighbor for reportedly cutting firewood too close to the property line. 

The attack, which was completely unprovoked, happened around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th at a residence in the 3500 block of County Road 652 in Almena Township. The victim was a 79-year-old man who suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

Police said that the 79-year-old man was outside cutting firewood by himself on his own property when he was suddenly attacked by his 58-year-old neighbor. 

The suspect allegedly approached his neighbor on his neighbor's property and began punching him in the face. The 79-year-old man was knocked down and attempted to crawl away from the suspect.

The man reportedly crawled under his tractor to escape from the man, but the suspect dragged him back out and proceeded to punch him several times. 

Police said that during the assault, the suspect allegedly told the victim that he was going "to kill him and all of his family." The victim began to lose consciousness during the assault and was left lying in the woods. 

While being interviewed by police, the suspect told police that he has a "long-standing dislike" for his neighbor and that he was "mad at him" for cutting firewood close to the property line.

He also admitted to assaulting the victim and that he did intend on killing him. Once released, he told police that he does plan to go back and kill his neighbor. He is being held on a one million bond. 
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