UPDATE: Nancy Nicewander pleaded guilty to interference with the reporting of a crime on Feb. 13, 2017. Her other charges were dismissed. She was sentenced to a year in jail, suspended to probation.
MUNCIE, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2016)– A grandmother in Muncie was arrested after police say she covered for her grandson as he was in the process of committing a crime.
On January 30, Muncie police were called to the 2000 block of South Clark Street on a report of a domestic disturbance.
Nancy Nicewander, 76, answered the door and told the officers nothing was wrong and that everything was OK. The officers left, but later received a second call to the same address. Officers discovered an injured female who was walking down the street.
The victim explained that when the officers came earlier to the house, she was being held against her will in a bedroom by her boyfriend, 35-year-old Brandon Gasper. Gasper is Niecwander’s grandson.
The victim told police that as Nicewander was telling officers that nothing was going on, Gasper restrained her from behind in a head lock and shoved a sock into her mouth to keep her from calling out to the officers.
Police say the victim suffered severe arm injuries as a result.
Police arrested Gasper and Nicewander. Gasper was charged with domestic battery, aggravated battery, criminal confinement and strangulation. Nicewander was preliminarily charged with obstruction of justice, assisting a criminal and interfering with the reporting of a crime.