Deputy: Man abducts girlfriend

An Attica man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly abducted his girlfriend from Lakeview and assaulted her, breaking her nose and causing a laceration on her forehead.

Deputy Chris Potter of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Dustin H. Mattingly, 26, was charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing and resisting arrest after deputies were notified Monday night by the State Highway Patrol of a possible abduction. The State Highway Patrol said Mattingly allegedly had forced his girlfriend into his vehicle and possibly was headed toward Attica.

About an hour after receiving the report, Mattingly’s girlfriend called 911 and told police she was fine and was at a hotel in Tiffin, Potter said.

The call seemed suspicious to the Tiffin Police Department dispatcher, and law enforcement then searched area hotels for Mattingly’s vehicle.

Potter said his vehicle was not found at a hotel, but Mattingly and his girlfriend were later located inside a locked camper at Mattingly’s East CR 12 residence.

Mattingly’s girlfriend was seen through a window of the camper with visible injuries to her face and Mattingly was passed out nearby, Potter said.

The girlfriend unlocked the camper door for law enforcement and Mattingly was taken into custody, Potter said. Mattingly initially refused to comply and a stun gun was used to subdue him.

The girlfriend was transported to The Bellevue Hospital where she was treated, Potter said. He said the injuries to her face had been sustained from Mattingly allegedly slamming her head into his vehicle’s dashboard.

Potter said Mattingly, who is on parole in Ottawa County for a felonious assault charge and also is facing a domestic violence charge in that county, may face additional charges in Seneca County.

Potter thanked dispatchers from the Tiffin Police Department and the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Mattingly was located.

“A lot of credit goes to the Tiffin Police Department and their assistance,” Potter said.