A 19-year-old woman survived a night of brutality at the hands of her ex-boyfriend after he kicked down the door of her Evergreen Terrace apartment, police said.
Officers apprehended the woman's alleged attacker the next day as he was standing around outside the near west side apartment complex where they both live.
Mark Patton, 21, of 358 N. Broadway was charged with home invasion and domestic battery in connection with the alleged 7:30 p.m. Tuesday attack.
Patton's former girlfriend reportedly told police that after Patton kicked down her door, he proceeded to punch her about the face and body. He then kept her captive throughout the night and continued to hit her, police said. He also allegedly threatened to kill her.
At some point, a neighbor heard the young woman plead, "Stop hitting me," police said, and he called the police. Patton reportedly learned the law was on its way and he took off from the apartment.
After arriving at the apartment, officers reportedly saw bumps, bruises and scratches on the woman's body. The woman told officers Patton had beaten her five or six times in the past, but that she did not call the police because she was afraid he would kill her, said Chief Mike Trafton.
The next morning, the woman called the police and told them Patton was around. He was taken into custody near the corner of Broadway and Spring Street and was transported to the county jail.