Beard-grabbing Fort McCoy woman jailed after spat over rent money

Mindy Parker Raffield

A Fort McCoy woman was arrested earlier this week for allegedly grabbing her roommate by the beard and striking him repeatedly in the face during an argument over rent money.

Mindy Parker Raffield, 44, was charged Tuesday with domestic battery causing bodily harm after the incident, which happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Raffield told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she and the victim have resided together at the residence on NE 147th Place where the incident occurred, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Raffield told the deputy she went outside to check on the victim when he attacked her for no apparent reason. She denied having a verbal argument with the victim and said her wife was present during the incident. Raffield’s wife told the deputy that Raffield and the victim got into an argument over the amount of money the victim is charging the wife to live there. She said she didn’t see the altercation between Raffield and the victim, the report said.

The victim said he and a male eyewitness were sitting outside when Raffield exited the residence and began yelling in the victim’s face about the amount of money he was charging her wife for residing at the location. He said the argument became physical when Raffield grabbed his beard and started punching him repeatedly in the face. The victim said he grabbed Raffield in self defense and placed her in a headlock, and then she bit him in the right wrist. The deputy observed injuries to the victim’s left arm and right wrist, according to the report.

The male eyewitness told the deputy by telephone that he observed Raffield exit the residence, come over to the table, and start yelling in his face and grabbing his shirt. The witness said the victim stood up and Raffield began aggressively pushing and grabbing him. He said Raffield and the victim then went inside the residence, the report said.

Raffield was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she’s being held on $250 bond. She’ll have a chance to answer to the domestic battery charge in Marion County Court on June 17.