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Attempted murder suspect accused of beating woman

December 29, 2018

Gabriel Hicks, the Fort Wayne man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of two brothers in September at Link’s Wonderland, has now been charged with domestic battery and strangulation.

Hicks was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail after being charged Wednesday with felony charges of domestic battery and strangulation. He has a court hearing Monday. He is also being held without bond on a probation violation, an Allen County Jail spokesman said.

Police were called at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 22 to a home where Sabra Shade, identified as Hicks’ wife of three months, had a black eye, fat lip, strangulation marks, a bloody ear and a swollen face, according to court documents.

Shade explained that the two of them got into an argument over a past relationship as they returned from a bar.

Hicks, 30, of the 2100 block of Kerrigans Way, yelled “I can’t trust you,” and accused Shade of cheating, court documents said.

Hicks became angry, grabbed Shade by her throat and started choking her with two hands. She almost lost consciousness and was unable to breathe. Hicks let go and started punching her.

Shade was able to get out of the car, but Hicks grabbed her and continued to hit her. Shade estimated she was hit with a closed fist 20 or more times and choked in two difference sequences, court documents said.

Police arrested Hicks after the incident, court documents said.

Hicks had been arrested Oct. 4 in Indianapolis in connection with the critical shootings of Frank and Mike Paige as they arrived to have breakfast with their families Sept. 21 at Link’s Wonderland. He was released on $100,000 bond Nov. 16, a jail spokesman said.

Hicks had been in a relationship with the brothers’ sister and had threatened the family, feuding with them for about two years, court documents said.

Court documents indicate Hicks has a three-day jury trial in the attempted murder cases starting March 19.

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