Reporting Steve Miller
(CBS) – A 54-year-old south suburban man is being held in Indiana – accused of beating a woman’s head against a clothes dryer yesterday.
There was only one working clothes dryer at the Jellystone Campground in Kosciusko County, Indiana, and the sheriff’s office says there was apparently a fight over who was using it.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Hill says a 24-year-old Indiana woman was critically injured , her head beaten against the dryer.
“She had received an injury to her temple area after he had forced her – struck her – against a dryer unit.
“Officers were able to locate the suspect at his campground site and he was arrested and preliminary charged with felony aggravated battery.”
The man charged is 54-year-old Michael Patrick Zimny of Glenwood, Illinois, in southern Cook County.
Zimny’s grandson doubts the allegations, saying his family member is a hard worker.
“I’m very upset that my grandpa’s accused of something like that. He’s not like that. I’ve grown up with him 19 years. I look up to the man,” Gage Walters tells CBS 2’s Brad Edwards.
He said the campground where police say the attack occurred is a retreat for the family.
“We go to the campground and relax. We get away from everything over here. That’s our little piece of heaven,” Walters says.