Volunteer fire chief arrested for battery

Paul VonBank

Poe Community Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul VonBank was arrested Monday after police responded to a report of domestic violence at his home.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Allen County, a Fort Wayne police officer went to VonBank’s home after someone called 911. 

When the officer arrived he was met by the alleged victim, a woman, who had a scratch above her left eye and what appeared to be bruising around the same eye. 

The woman told the officer she had been arguing with VonBank and there was no physical fighting.  She said she got the injuries to her eye when she tried to open a locked bathroom door and hit her face on it when it wouldn’t open.

The officer then talked to the person who made the call who said the alleged victim was her mother and VonBank is her stepfather. 

She said she woke up to the two yelling and fighting with each other and when she came out of her bedroom she witnessed VonBank and her mother physically fighting over a phone.  

The told the officer that VonBank pushed her mother against the bathroom wall and then put his hand’s around her throat.  She said her mother told her to run and call 911 and that’s what she did.

VonBank has been charged with domestic battery and a no contact notice has been issued.  

VonBank is free on a conditional release.  He is also the Operations Support Coordinator for the Allen County Office of Homeland Security. 

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