A preliminary hearing is set for Monday in the Champaign County Municipal Court for a man arrested over the weekend for felonies in an alleged domestic violence incident.
Richard McFadden, 27, of 941 W. state Route 29, Apt. B-6, Urbana, was charged with domestic violence, felonious assault and aggravated menacing July 10.
Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said on that date officers were dispatched at 3:19 a.m. to a domestic violence call in progress at McFadden’s residence involving him and his spouse, who is four months pregnant.
According to his spouse and witnesses, McFadden shoved her to the ground while walking home from a night of drinking after he became angry with her. He then allegedly choked her and punched her in the stomach.
McFadden’s wife ran to the safety of a friend’s nearby home and was walked home a short time later. McFadden arrived, reportedly forcing the door open and throwing a baby car seat and striking another person in the head.
McFadden then allegedly punched his wife again and made threats to hit her and witnesses with a car jack he picked up. Prior to police arriving, McFadden reportedly obtained a kitchen knife and began making slashes at the women, cutting three fingers of a person. He also proceeded to grab a pizza cutter to use to make threats before picking up furniture and throwing it throughout the apartment.
One of the women was able to find a phone and call 911.
After Officers Brandon McCain and Casey Evans arrived, they attempted to take McFadden into custody. McFadden reportedly refused to cooperate initially. He was finally secured in a police vehicle and taken to the Tri-County Regional Jail, Mechanicsburg.
Throughout the encounter, McFadden made continuous threats to the women and officers.
According to the Champaign County Municipal Court’s website, McFadden’s bond was established at $30,000 on Monday during an arraignment hearing. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.