Muncie man held for kidnapping and firearm

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MUNCIE, Ind. – A Muncie man has been charged with beating and threatening to kill a woman and burning her with a lit cigar.

Marwin D. Strong, 28 – not to be confused with the local community activist and author of the same name – was arrested by Muncie police on Thursday,

On October 28, a local woman told city police that Strong held her against her will for two days.

According to a report filed by City Police Investigator Jami Brown, the woman said Strong:

• Used a cigar to burn her forehead, left breast and abdomen.

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• Punched her repeatedly in the head, kicked her in the face and back, choked her and “shoved” a handgun into her mouth.

• Threatened to fatally shoot the woman and her three-year-old son, who were present during the abuse.

• Spit repeatedly in the woman’s face.

• Took $30 cash from woman’s purse and broke her cell phone.

The woman said Strong allowed her and the child to leave after a family member came to the Muncie man’s home.

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Brown reported that the woman – who was examined at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital – had a swollen face, a bruised right eye and multiple scratches on her neck, as well as burn marks.

Strong – banned from owning firearms due to his criminal record – had a loaded handgun when he was arrested at a traffic stop on Thursday.

He was being held Saturday in the Delaware County Jail on $140,000 bond, previously charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement, assault with a deadly weapon, strangulation, domestic assault, robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a violent and serious criminal.

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According to court records, Strong’s record includes convictions for robbery, drug trafficking, assault causing bodily harm and resisting law enforcement.

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Douglas Walker is a journalist at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Muncie man charged with beating and burning woman

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