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Police: Man flooded girlfriend's voicemail before alleged attack

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Walter Petty Walter Petty
Detective Anita Akers, IMPD Detective Anita Akers, IMPD
Callers with domestic abuse problems are sometimes referred to the Julian Center. Callers with domestic abuse problems are sometimes referred to the Julian Center.
Scott Swan/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - An Indianapolis man faces a number of charges after police say he punched and pistol-whipped his girlfriend. The allegations of abuse come during a summer where the number of domestic violence calls has spiked. In this case, police say there were warning signs before the alleged attack.

Police say Walter Petty left numerous messages on his girlfriend's voice mail. Most of the messages contained profanity and threats. Among the messages: "I don't want you, I don't love you, I hate you."

Officers say Petty left around 20 voicemails before he destroyed his girlfriend's apartment and assaulted her after she left work. The attack was phoned into 911 by a witness.

"I don't know if this was a kidnapping, but a guy hit this lady and moved her over in the seat and took her car," said the caller.

Police say Petty drove his girlfriend around Indianapolis, beating her along the way.

"He warned that he would was going to take her to White River and dump her in there and take her to her cousin's house and kill her there and bury her in the basement," said Detective Anita Akers, IMPD.

Using information from the 911 call, police tracked the car to a north side apartment where police arrested Petty and rescued the victim, who was naked and bloodied.

"She will live with physical scars for the rest of her life. That will be a constant reminder of what happened to her," said Akers.

The Petty case illustrates a disturbing trend in Indianapolis. Domestic violence calls are up 12 percent from last year. Experts say the bad economy is a factor.

"Things like stress, things like unemployment, certainly alcohol abuse and different things like that, all lead unfortunately, to more domestic violence," said Lynn Engel, Connect2Help.

Workers at the Indianapolis 211 connect call center steer victims to resources for domestic abuse, like the Julian Center.

Police detectives report a growing number of calls from Hispanics and men.

"Quite frankly, men have been afraid to call in because a lot of them don't want to look like wimps or sissies or whatever, so they have been afraid to call in, but now, they're calling in a lot more because domestic violence is equal opportunity," said Det. Akers.

As Petty awaits trial on a number of charges, experts hope those who see the red flags of possible abuse will seek help before it's too late.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call 926-HELP.

Shattering the Silence - See more resources and information here.

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