On Saturday a Virginia man was charged after he assaulted his wife. His wife was found on Friday after she went missing for several days. According to Henrico Police Lt. Sal Mulé the officers had enough proof to charge the man with domestic assault. So 49-year-old Mark Ditto was charged with domestic assault and arrested.
His wife, 41-year old Connie Ditto, went missing on Tuesday and was found in a motel on Friday unharmed. Before disappearing she sent her husband a text in which she said that she was going to be hospitalized because she suffered from a head injury.
The police was able to find Connie Ditto after the license plate on her car was captured by a reader. After the woman was found north of Richmond, inn Innsbrook, at the Extended Stay America Hotel she received an order of protection against Mark Ditto.
The woman claimed that she was hiding from her husband because he had assaulted her. Mark Ditto who was taken to the Henrico County jail denied what his wife said. According to him everything started with an incident which occurred on August 6. The woman was drunk and he together with his daughters tried to take the car keys away from the woman in order to prevent her from leaving the house. The man declared:
I’m totally floored. We as a family are very happy Connie was found unharmed. I’m very sad and sorry for her apparent health problems. I’m very disappointed by what she’s put her family through and all the people across the country who supported her search.”
According to Mark Ditto his wife told him that she was not feeling well and that she was going to go to a clinic. The woman indeed checked herself in at around 9 PM into the Patient First clinic in Short Pump. She complained of head pain. Afterwards the women texted her husband and told him that she was going to a hospital for X-rays. However the woman turned off her phone afterwards and left the clinic before her turn came.
The couple has two daughters together. Both of them claim that Mark Ditto had never abused their mother, but he was just trying to prevent her from driving while drunk. According to Ditto, Connie suffers from alcohol addiction and depression.
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