HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Henrico man who asked the public for help in finding his missing wife after a bizarre text has now been charged with assaulting her after police found her safe Friday.
Mark Ditto’s wife, Connie, was found safe - but the celebration was short lived when he was charged with assault and taken into custody by Henrico Police.
A police source told WTVR an officer found Connie when a license plate reader captured her plate and that she was found at the Extended Stay America Hotel in Innsbrook unharmed.
She then took out a protective order against her husband, and told police she was hiding from him because he allegedly assaulted her last week.
Mark Ditto spoke to WTVR from jail and said the allegations are totally false - and her own daughters made statements to that effect.
Mark said the assault allegations stem from an incident last Thursday night, when his wife was drunk and he and her daughters tried to take her car keys away so she wouldn’t leave the house.
Ditto also said the following: “I’m totally floored. We as a family are very happy Connie was found unharmed. I’m very sad and sorry for her apparent health problems. I’m very disappointed by what she’s put her family through and all the people across the country who supported her search.”