A Youngstown man is behind bars after police said he beat a woman who is in a wheelchair with a wooden chair leg.

Franklin Lewis, 70, was arrested and booked on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence, and resisting arrest.

The incident happened just after 2 am Monday on Hillman Street.

Police got a call from a neighbor at the apartment complex where the victim lives.

When they got there, they found the victim in a wheelchair near the door crying and bleeding from her face, cheek, and nose.

She told police she and Lewis have been together on and off again for over 45 years, according to a police report. 

She said when she went to bed for the night, Lewis entered her room but would not leave. An argument then ensued, according to police.

Police said shortly after, Lewis removed a leg from a wooden chair that was in the victim's bedroom and struck her once on the face.

Lewis continued to yell and scream at the victim, who was finally able to get up, but Lewis punched her back onto the ground, police said.

Police said the victim began to use a lamp to strike the wall and window hoping someone would hear her and call for police.

The neighbor said that's how he found out what was going on and called for help. 

Officers found the blood on the victim's mattress and the wall. They also found the lamp knocked over and broken, according to the report.

The victim told police she had suffered a stroke recently and had other health problems.

Police then found Lewis outside of the apartment trying to break in. 

Police said they tried to get Lewis to get on the ground, but he would not comply. 

He then continued to ignore officer's commands and flailed his arms back and forth to avoid arrest, according to the report.

Police had to force Lewis to the ground and handcuff him.

Police also noted Lewis is no stranger to the justice system, having been in prison for manslaughter and had prior convictions for assault and domestic violence.