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Johnson City man arrested on domestic violence warrant while donating plasma

Staff Report • Jan 2, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A Johnson City man was arrested Tuesday at a local plasma donation center on a domestic violence charge that stemmed from a Christmas Eve assault, according to a Johnson City police press release.

Dave K. Rudolph, 53, 1409 E. Myrtle Ave., was hooked up to medical equipment to donate his plasma at Plasma Biological Services, 404 Ashe St., when police served the warrant for domestic aggravated assault. He was being booked into the Washington County Detention Center Monday morning after the 9 a.m. arrest.

The charge stems from a Christmas Eve assault at Rudolph's home, police said. The victim told officers that Rudolph held her at his home from Dec. 20 until Christmas Eve when she was able to go to her cousin's home and call 911. The woman, Mary Campbell, told officers that Rudolph began drinking and started beating on her.

"She stated he punched her with his fist in the head and pulled out her hair. She stated every time she tried to leave he would lock the doors and shove her down and hit her," Officer Drew Guider wrote in the report. Campbell also told officers she tried to leave the residence on Dec. 22, but Rudolph "put his arm around her throat and dragged her back inside the home and choked her until she almost passed out.

Finally on Dec. 23 she was able to get her purse, leave the residence and walk to her cousin's house and call 911.

Officers obtained a warrant for Rudolph's arrest after Campbell detailed the incident, but they were unable to locate him until today.

The report it went on to say that Campbell had contusions and bruising on her forehead and lower back. She was transported to Franklin Woods Community Hospital for treatment and later released.

Dave K. Rudolph was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where he is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. on 1/2/14 in Washington County Sessions Court.

This article has been edited.

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