A Waukee man was arrested early Wednesday after allegedly forcing his way into a neighboring apartment and preventing the occupant from leaving the residence or calling for help from law enforcement.
Gregory Shaun Crane Jr., 23, of 422 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee, was charged with false imprisonment, obstruction of emergency communications and violation of a no-contact order.
The incident began about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of S.E. Laurel Street, where officers of the Waukee Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in which “there was a struggle going on, and someone had shouted, ‘Get out now!'”
While en route to the residence, the officers learned a caller was “stating he could not breath” and was “possibly being strangled,” according to court records. Arriving, the officers heard “shouting” and “a male screaming, ‘Help!'” from within an apartment.
The officers made contact with the male victim, who said Crane allegedly “forced his way into the residence” and when the victim “attempted to get to the door, to leave the residence,” Crane allegedly “held the door closed and would not let” the victim leave, according to court records.
The victim also claimed that Crane allegedly “had taken the phone out of” the victim’s “hands when he was on the phone with 911” and “hung up the phone and attempted to keep” the victim “from calling 911 back,” according to court records.
Crane was held in the Dallas County Jail on a $1,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 1 in Dallas County District Court.
Crane was convicted on third-degree harassment in October in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.