ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The volunteer chief of the Poe Fire Department is facing a domestic battery charge.
Paul VonBank, 49, is facing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge and has a protective order against him for allegedly assaulting a relative.
VonBank serves as the Poe Fire Department’s volunteer fire chief, according to their website.
According to the probable cause affidavit, police were called to a home on Dec. 3 for a domestic battery. When police got to the home, they found the victim with a cut on her face and a bruised eye.
The relative told police that she and VonBank got into a verbal argument. She told police that she got the scratch and bruise from trying to force open a locked door.
A witness who lives in the home, however, told police that she saw the pair in a physical altercation over a phone. The witness says she saw VonBank push the victim against the bathroom wall and put his hands around her throat.
At that point, the witness ran outside to call 911.
He has since bonded out of jail, and his next hearing is set for Dec. 21.