Man Accused of Bashing Woman Into Clothes Dryer

Michael Patrick Zimny held without bond on charges of felony aggravated battery

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 7:03 AM PDT
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An argument over the sole dryer at Indiana campground facility escalated into a physical fight. Natalie Martinez reports.

An argument over the sole dryer at Indiana campground facility escalated into a physical fight. Natalie Martinez reports.

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A south suburban Chicago man was being held in an Indiana jail Monday night, accused of felony aggravated battery after a fight over the sole clothes dryer at the Jellystone Campground.

Michael Patrick Zimny, 54, of Glenwood, Ill., is accused of leaving a woman in critical condition after he bashed her head against the dryer.

Zimney's grandson told NBC Chicago there's no way the allegations against his grandfather are true.

"It does not sound right," said Gage Walters. "He'd never do anything like that. He's not that type of person. He's a hard worker."

The victim, a 24-year-old woman, has been in an out of consciousness, and her account of what happened at the campground in Pierceton, Ind., is unclear.

"It's my understanding that we weren't able to get a direct statement from her," said Sgt. Chad Hall.

Walters said Zimny, a tow truck operator, rarely takes vacation but goes to the Jellystone Campground when he needs time away.

Zimny was being held without bond by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.

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