Wanted: Police searching for man who allegedly beat woman, choked her for hours

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Police are searching for a man accused in the brutal beating of his girlfriend.

A warrant has been issued for Taylor James Elledge. Police say Elledge is wanted for Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill.

Police say the victim has admitted to being hit several times over the past few months.

This time she ended up in the hospital with severe injuries. Violence experts say it is all too common in our state.

Meanwhile, police are hoping you can help find this suspect.

Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “We’ve received information that he’s shaved his head. He’s tried to change his appearance a little bit.”

Police say the alleged abuse happened back on August 2, 2014.

Wardlow said, “According to our victim, he choked her, he punched her, he kicked her, he threw her against a wall. At one point she even passed out.”

The victim told police Elledge told her she would die.

She also said he has been physically abusive before.

Wardlow said, “Since February it’s been on again off again assaults from this man.”

Deb Stanaland, with the Oklahoma City YWCA, said, “It’s very hard for women to get out of a domestic violence situation.”

Stanaland says one in four women will become victims of domestic violence. The victims often stay with or return to an abuser because of fear. She says we can all play a role in helping those victims get help.

Stanaland said, “Let them know you care about them, you’re concerned about them and that there is help and there is hope.”

In this case, police say it was a friend who found the victim and offered to call police.

The incident was more than two weeks ago and now police are hoping someone will lead them to Elledge.

Wardlow said, “He left the scene before the friend knew what was going on. He hasn’t been see or heard from since.”

Elledge is believed to be driving a newer model black Chevy Tahoe.

If you have any information on where he might be please call CrimeStoppers at (405)235-7300.

Also, if you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available. The YWCA has a hotlineĀ  you can call at (405)917-YWCA (9922). Help is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.