Lebanon man arrested on strangulation charge

Jason Gibson

A Lebanon man was the target of an eight-hour manhunt near South Bend as a result of a domestic dispute.

Jason M. Gibson, 41, has been jailed on preliminary charges of two counts of domestic battery, strangulation, battery resulting in bodily injury, and resisting law enforcement.

St. Joseph County Police say Gibson and the victim were camping at Mini Mountain Campground on Indiana 2, west of South Bend. At 1:45 a.m. June 9, police received a call on the disturbance and came to the camp site.

“When officers arrived on scene to meet with the female victim, he ran away from the scene,” Corporal Aris Lee with the St. Joseph Police Department said. “They searched for him and then broke down the perimeter. She called back to say he was close by, so they came out again and he ran again.”

The chase spanned across two shifts and used K9 officers from the Indiana State Police. Assisting St. Joseph County police were the South Bend Police Department and the New Carlisle Police Department.

Eventually, Gibson was captured in a wooded area by the campground around 5:30 p.m., Lee said. Gibson either had Lebanon on his identification when he was booked or Lee said he may have told the jail personnel that he was from Lebanon.

The St. Joseph Prosecutor’s Office had not formally charged Gibson in the case as of Tuesday afternoon.