Arrest photo of Dusty Callander, 34, of Peru

Miami County, IN - The Miami County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Peru man on charges of Domestic Battery, Criminal Confinement and Strangulation as a result of an incident that took place on November 18, 2018.

Deputies and officers from the Peru Police Department and Indiana State Police responded to the 1100 block of W. Canal Street on November 18th at approximately 6:10 p.m. Upon arrival they met with a female victim who was standing in the middle of the roadway. The woman stated she had been held against her will by Dusty Callander, 34 of Peru. The woman was able to force her way out of the home.

Officers observed large red marks and bruising around her neck and chest along with red marks down her arms. She also suffered a bite mark on her right forearm. The woman reported that Mr. Callander had taken several personal items from her purse and hid them around the house in an attempt to keep her from leaving. The woman reported that Callander followed her from the home but then went back inside the residence and turned off all the lights.

The woman would later provide a sworn recorded statement as to the extent of her injuries and how they had occurred. Officers also took photographs of her injuries.

With the assistance of the Indiana State Police and Peru Police Department, a perimeter was set up around the home. Attempts to contact Mr. Callander inside failed.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the Prosecutor’s Office, Miami County Deputy James Bean II contacted Miami County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Sinkovics and worked to obtain a search warrant for the residence. Upon obtaining the warrant for Mr. Callander and the missing items, a knock and announce was made prior to entry into the home.

Upon entering the home, Mr. Callander was located and surrendered peacefully. Callander was read his Miranda rights shortly after being detained and then lead officers to several locations inside the residence where the missing items were located.

Dusty Callander, 34, of Peru faces charges of Criminal Confinement, Strangulation, and Domestic Battery.

The suspect was originally charged with Rape and Theft along with the other charges.  The Prosecutor's office elected not to file those charges.  

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.