A Warsaw man was arrested Thursday after several October stalking incidents.
According to an affidavit filed by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, in September a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department officer spoke with a woman who advised Justin Babendrager, 20, of 498 E. Arthur St., Warsaw, had been sending nude pictures of himself to her cell phone, threatening to post nude pictures of her on the Internet and threatening her friends if she continued to refuse to speak to him. She also told the officer she currently had charges pending against him for criminal mischief to her vehicle.
Later, on Oct. 12, a Warsaw Police Department officer responded to a report of domestic battery on East Center Street in Warsaw, and observed Babendrager in an alley who told the officer he was back in town for a court date and had the woman give him a ride. He told the officer he became angry and put his hand in her face and slammed her head on the vehicle window and took her cell phone.
The woman told the officer Babendrager had been calling her all day and she finally gave in and gave him a ride. That is when he became angry and hit her face and squeezed her throat to the point she could not breathe.
Babendrager was arrested as a result of the battery and the woman told police the next day she received a phone call from the Kosciusko County Jail from Babendrager who threatened her and her sisters. Formal charges, including strangulation and battery resulting in bodily injury, were filed against him as a result of the incident. The woman also petitioned a protective order against Babendrager. The order was eventually dismissed Feb. 6.
Then, on May 23, police received a call from the woman’s father who stated Babendrager was driving past their residence even though he had been told to stay away from the woman. Further, on May 25, the woman’s boyfriend called police and told them Babendrager was also driving by their residence and attempting to intimidate the woman.
Shortly after, on May 30, an officer responded to a disturbance at McDonald’s, 315 N. Detroit St., Warsaw, and spoke with Babendrager who stated he was sitting inside his vehicle in the parking lot when the woman’s father approached him and pounded on his vehicle’s window challenging him to fight.
According to the affidavit, the officer spoke to the woman’s father who said he was tired of Babendrager threatening his daughter and felt the police had done nothing to stop it. The woman  also spoke with the officer and showed several text messages Babendrager had sent her containing several threats against her and her family.
Babendrager was subsequently arrested Thursday and preliminarily charged with stalking, attempted obstruction of justice and intimidation – all Class D felonies. He was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail and held on a $25,450 bond.