Springfield man accused of holding knife to woman’s throat; charged with abduction


A Springfield man is accused of holding a knife to a woman’s throat and poking her with the weapon as he forced to her drive around the city.

Michael Welliver, 39, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault and abduction.

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Springfield police began their investigation when they were called by the Columbus Police Department, according to an affidavit filed with the charges. The officer said he was dispatched to an area to check on a woman and was told by the woman that crimes may have taken place in Springfield.

The woman talked on the phone to Springfield police, the affidavit says.

“(The woman) stated that she has had an on again off again relationship with the defendant for approximately one year,” the affidavit says.

On Monday, June 25, at around 7 p.m., the affidavit says Welliver became very angry with the woman and began to assault her.

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“She stated ‘he grabbed me by the hair and held a knife to my throat,’” the affidavit says. “(She) stated that as she was driving, Mr. Welliver poked her in the arm, belly and back of the neck with the knife causing minor injury.”

The woman said when they finally stopped, Welliver got out of the car and she was able to drive away.

“Once Mr. Wellliver slammed the door to her vehicle, (she) stated that she fled the area and drove back to Columbus ‘to get as far away from him as possible since he doesn’t have a car,’” the affidavit says.