Man is charged with brutally assaulting woman near Cedar Gap

Charles Heil
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HARTVILLE, Mo. (KY3) - A man from Mansfield is charged with dragging a woman into the woods and threatening to cut her up and bury her body. Charles Heil, 38, fled from law enforcement officers on May 11 after they went to his home for a call about a fight in progress.

As of Thursday afternoon, he appears to still be on the run. When he is arrested, his bond will be $250,000.

Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler, one of his deputies and Mansfield police officers went to the home on Lucky Road, about seven miles west of Mansfield near Cedar Gap. When the Mansfield officers arrived, Heil ran into the woods and the officers pursued him on foot but he eluded them.

The officers found a visibly shaken victim at the home.

“She appeared very emotional and fearful for her life. Her clothes were soiled and her pants were wet,” says the probable cause statement against Heil.

The woman had bruises on her arms and legs.

“She stated that the argument started the night before and he started beating her then. She was unable to call the police at that time because Charles had taken her phone,” the woman told officers at the scene.

The officers told the woman that she needed to go to the courthouse in Hartville and ask a judge for an order of protection against Heil. They also asked her to write out a statement about what Heil did to her. She declined an offer from a deputy to take her to Hartville.

Two neighbors talked to officers about the arguments between the woman and Heil. One of the neighbors recorded a video of Heil “threatening to beat and kill” the woman.

“They both stated that they saw Charles hitting (the woman) and drag her down to the pond. (One witness) stated that at one time he pulled Charles off of (the woman),” the probable cause statement says.

The beating victim filled out paperwork at the courthouse.

“In her statement she states that Charles had ripped her clothes off and sexually assaulted her. She stated that he continuously beat her about her body and put a knife into her . . . and told her that he was going to gut her like a pig. He also cut her right forearm and left temple and told her he was also going to kill her,” the probable cause statement says.

The woman also said Heil sexually assaulted her “and continuously punched her. He also spit in her face several times . . . (and) threw random objects at her from around the house and beat her with a pitcher of iced tea dumping it all over her. She stated that Charles had also choked her several times and at one point choked her until she passed out. When she came to, she stated that Charles was still beating her,” the detective’s statement says.

“(She) stated that Charles dragged her by her hair to a pond on their property (approx. 225 – 250 feet) away from their residence. She stated that when he got her to the pond he began beating her and choking her some more. She stated that Charles told her this is where he was going to kill and bury her. She stated that while she was lying on the ground Charles began digging the dirt with his hands around her body as if he was digging a grave. She stated that Charles again put both of his hands around her neck and began choking her. He was yelling and screaming that he was going to murder her. (She) did not seek medical attention,” the probable cause statement says.

Heil is charged with first-degree domestic assault and second-degree sodomy. If he’s convicted, he could get a prison sentence as long as 30 years for the first crime and as long as 10 years for the second one. Prosecuting Attorney Jason MacPherson says Heil is a persistent offender who has convictions for second-degree domestic assault in 2014 and 2011, third-degree domestic assault in 2013 and 2012, and second-degree assault in 2006.

The Missouri Department of Corrections says Heil went to a state prison on June 6, 2014, for the latest assault conviction. He was paroled exactly a year later but returned to prison on March 4, 2016, for a parole violation. He was paroled again on July 22, 2016, and was discharged from parole supervision on April 7, 2017.

Heil also served probation for his assault conviction in 2011. The state discharged him from probation supervision for that case on June 5, 2014, the day before he went to prison for another conviction.