Police officer faces domestic battery charge
From the News-Sentinel / FortWayne.com
By Jeff Wiehe
November 19, 2007
[Excerpts] A veteran Fort Wayne Police officer arrested Saturday on a domestic battery charge gave police conflicting stories on how he took a knife away from the woman he's accused of beating. Anthony Scatena, 43, was scheduled to have a court hearing this morning... According to a Fort Wayne Police Department report, a woman at the home claimed Scatena punched her in the head and choked her... He came home later and told her he hated her, started throwing things, called her fat, asked her if she "wanted to die" and also made threats to kill her in her sleep, she told the officer... the woman had a swollen area with some redness to it on her forehead and had "bright red marks" on her neck... Scatena told police the woman tried to come at him with a knife... Scatena changed his story on how she came at him with a knife several times, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol..The woman also told officers Scatena said he would tell police she came at him with a knife if she called them... A domestic battery charge carries no bond, which means the suspect and suspected victim are separated for at least one night... Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said Scatena will be relieved of duty while going through the legal process...
Officer's knife stories at odds
Relieved of duty after arrest on abuse charges
By Megan Hubartt
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN
November 20, 2007 6:00 a.m.
[Excerpts] ...Saturday after a hang-up call to 911 was made from the residence... when dispatchers called the number back, Scatena answered and told them a drunken woman was at the home and he wanted her removed... The woman told police she and Scatena had been at a bar drinking that night. She said she had a friend take her home and Scatena came home later... She said he was throwing things around, took out photos of her and told her she was fat... She said he then grabbed her by the throat, asked her whether she wanted to die and hit her in the head several times. The woman had red marks on her neck and a swollen red mark on her forehead, the report said. After he allegedly hit her, she told officers she called 911, but Scatena took the phone away from her and said he would tell police she "tried to stab me with a knife, and that’s a felony." He also threatened to kick her and her children out of the house... He said the woman attacked him with a knife while he was in bed and he knocked it out of her hands, sending it across the room... He later said she attacked him with the knife, he grabbed it from her and then placed it in between the box spring and mattress of the bed... Scatena also told officers he was putting on jeans to leave when she came at him with the knife. He said he disarmed her with both hands and then, "took her down over the end of the bed." He told officers he "may have hit her," but he did not know and was angry at the time, the report said. Police searched the bedroom but did not find a knife...