By Joe Bachman
A 24-year-old man has been charged with strangulation after police say he choked the complainant after forcing her off a couch.
Andrew Netzer, of Marshfield, is charged with strangulation and suffocation, as well as disorderly conduct.
According to police reports on Mar. 20, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of South Central Ave. regarding a complaint of a physical disturbance. Officers made contact with the complainant who notably had a white towel near her left ear that was saturated in blood. The blood was coming from a two inch laceration on the woman’s face that would later require nine stitches.
According to the complainant in a written statement, at 4:30 a.m. Netzer came to her apartment and started an argument. The altercation became physical, as Netzer allegedly pulled her off the couch, straddled her, placed both hands around her neck and began choking her.
The complainant stated that at that moment she could not breathe, and was seconds away from passing out. Early during the altercation, Netzer allegedly pushed her around the apartment, threw her against the side of a dresser, and slammed her into the bathtub with “full force”.
According to Netzer, he and a friend went to her apartment to collect some personal belongings and toiletries. The defendant stated that they had been arguing for most of the day. Netzer told police that the complainant allegedly threw a plastic ashtray at his face and then locked herself into her bedroom.
Nezter then stated that he got angry and punched the bedroom door, creating a hole in the door. Netzer then allegedly busted through the door and defended himself against physical attacks from the complainant, pushing her off of him, with the result being that she fell into the dresser. After this, Netzer stated that he grabbed some clothes and toiletries and left.
Office records show that Netzer faced charges of resisting arrest and was allowed out on bond with the condition that he commit no further crimes.
If convicted, Netzer faces up to six years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines. His 12-person jury trial is scheduled for Jun. 9.