The woman who was seen being violently restrained by her married police ex-boyfriend, who then forcibly committed her to a psychiatric hospital over allegedly false claims, said the video of the incident “speaks for itself” and that she is working to refute the claims what he did against her. hers.
“I didn’t expect it to be political football. I just want to clear my name,” Michelle Perfanov, 37, told The Post on Tuesday.
Perfanov declined to comment on the details of the case because of pending litigation against Officer Ronald Davis, also 37, who is currently behind bars on allegations that he used his power as a Pennsylvania state trooper to falsely imprison her.
“It’s just unfortunate that we had to get to that point,” he said. “I just don’t want everyone’s family and everyone’s things to get dragged into this.”
Perfanov, a former communications director for Douglas Elliman Real Estate who spent her evenings attending lavish cocktail parties in Manhattan, said the abuse she suffered at the hands of an authority figure in the Pennsylvania woods was simply an example of a long-standing social problem. .
Michelle Perfanov, 37, (left in a camouflage jacket) said the video of her ex-boyfriend attacking her “speaks for itself” during an interview Tuesday. DANIEL WILLIAM MCKNIGHTRonald Davis, 37, is also behind bars after allegedly falsely imprisoning Perfanov.
“This is a broader issue for a lot of people,” he said. “This has been going on since the dawn of time.”
“Most people don’t trust the police. And it’s funny: I go out with a police officer,” he added, but he refused to explain why.
Perfanov found herself confined against her will at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill for several days in late August after Davis used a series of allegedly suicidal text messages he had sent her to obtain an involuntary mental health commitment against her.
Pervanov attempted to fight back when Davis grabbed her, causing him to slam her to the ground and pin her. Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office
When his troop officers failed to locate her, Davis said, “I’ll take care of it myself” and drove to a picnic area in the Greenland Tract State Forest, where he found her and, without explanation, chased and pinned her down, according to a complaint. criminal case filed by the Dauphin County District Attorney.
As Davis was off duty at the time and gave no indication that she was acting in any official capacity, Perfanov, apparently bewildered and frightened, defended herself and insisted that she had done nothing wrong when Davis slammed her into the gravel and pinned her. . more than 10 minutes.
“You’re crazy,” she was heard saying to Davis. “You’re absolutely crazy… and then you paint me to look crazy.”
After lifting her off the ground, Davis forcibly pinned Perfanov against a car until police arrived and took her away. Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office
When the police finally arrived, she was taken to the mental health clinic, only to be released days later when she was deemed mentally healthy and no danger to herself.
“After your initial evaluation, there is nothing wrong with it. She tried to say that she was going to commit suicide. I can’t see that,” Perfanov’s friend and former roommate, Joseph Hlavaty, 65, told The Post. “She is too free-spirited. She has a brilliant mind.”
Prosecutors agreed, alleging that Davis intentionally misrepresented texts Perfanov had sent her to exert control over her.
The text messages were part of an ongoing argument between the couple that broke out after Davis reportedly locked Perfanov outside his trailer where he had been staying and prevented him from collecting his belongings when he expressed plans to leave. the city.
“I think I’m going to fall off a cliff,” Perfanov wrote in a text message to Davis, adding, “If this is where I’m supposed to die, so be it.”
“My mental health doesn’t matter, I’m a useless, stupid, uneducated old man,” he said in another, adding that he was going to “go out in style.”
“I don’t even have clothes, help [sic] them as hostages. “Oh well, I’ll do it in style, naked, have a good life.”
Rather than being evidence of a dangerous mental state (as Davis argued in obtaining the commitment order), prosecutors argued that, when viewed in their full context, the texts showed little more than an “internal discussion.”
Perfanov said the abuse he suffered was part of a broader social problem that had been going on “since the dawn of time.” DANIEL WILLIAM MCKNIGHTPerfanov desperately tried to reason with Davis as he pinned her to the ground, barely speaking for more than 10 minutes. Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office
“After reviewing the text messages, your affiants were unable to identify any suicidal or homicidal threats or ideations,” the criminal complaint reads.
The text messages were sent simply “to provoke an unlawful response or reaction from Davis,” according to the complaint, while Perfanov said she “never intended to commit suicide.”
Davis’ behavior also reflected a pattern of control and manipulation seen throughout her four-month relationship with Perfanov, the complaint said, which included threats such as “I know you’re not crazy, I’ll paint you crazy” and “I know the law”.
The officer, who is married with children, has been charged with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, felony strangulation and other charges.