Woman ordered held on $305,000 bond

Davonna Strowder

ELKHART — An Elkhart woman is being held on $305,000 bond in multiple cases related to an ongoing dispute with a woman whom she allegedly tried to hit with a car.

Davonna Strowder, 24, was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility Thursday on warrants issued after she failed to make court appearances in four separate pending cases, three of which relate to the same victim. She is currently waiting to receive a new trial date after a trial scheduled to start Tuesday was postponed.

The most serious case, from September 2016, charges her with battery with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, and criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony. The other three cases are misdemeanors from 2017, two of which charge her with damaging the same woman's property and one which alleges that she battered a different woman, causing injury.

According to court documents in the felony case:

An Elkhart Police officer responded to a Malcolm Drive location Sept. 29, 2016, for a report of a fight involving weapons. The victim, who had a large cut to the left side of her face, running from her eye to her upper lip, said Strowder tried to run her over with a car in the parking lot.

She said Strowder was driving at her at high speed and only missed because a front seat passenger grabbed the wheel and steered away at the last second. Strowder then got out of the vehicle and began punching the victim in the face, according to the witness statements contained in the court documents.

The victim said Strowder grabbed her by the hair and pulled her around and kicked her before getting back in her vehicle and fleeing. She said she didn't see Strowder with any weapons and didn't know how she got cut, which required at least 10 stitches.

Police later found Strowder and arrested her. She admitted to dragging the victim's face through broken glass in the parking lot, according to police.

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