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UPDATE (April 13, 2018)– Bloomington police say Brandon Richardson was arrested in the 3100 block of West Vernal Pike Friday. He was believed to be armed with multiple handguns and was considered very dangerous.

Police say Richardon shot himself in the head following a brief pursuit in which he hit several vehicles. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bloomington police are searching for a man wanted for brutally beating, strangling and stabbing a 29-year-old woman over the course of three days.

Police were called to the Monroe Hospital on April 11 at 2:12 p.m. for a report a woman who was seeking treatment for her injuries as a result of a domestic battery.

The victim told police that on April 9, Brandon Richardson began yelling and beating her over relationship problems. Throughout the course of the next two days, Richardson punched, kicked and struck the victim with a metal bar causing severe injuries. She suffered multiple fractures to her face, including a broken nose and eye socket.

She also has broken vertebrae in her neck along with broken ribs. She sustained a crushed hand along with countless contusions all over her body. At various times during the incident, the victim was strangled and confined in a room of the house with a dog leash around her neck. She also had multiple stab wounds to her head, back and legs.

“It’s very saddening.  You go through the range of emotions, even as a police officer, from sad to angry to almost disbelief sometimes.  It’s truly disheartening that another person could do that to someone,” explains John Kovach, a detective lieutenant with Bloomington Police Department.

She was finally able to go to a neighbor’s house for help after Richardson left the house the morning of April 11. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time, and she is receiving treatment.

Police are searching for Richardson who is believed to be armed and dangerous. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.