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Clark County

June 28, 2013

Jeffersonville man charged in assault on girlfriend

Richard McCarty, 28, taken into custody on three felonies

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man was arrested Thursday after police responded to his home on a domestic disturbance call.

Richard McCarty, 28, of 2205 Foghorn Drive, has been preliminarily charged with domestic battery, strangulation and intimidation, all class D felonies.

A Jeffersonville Police Department officer reported that after her arrival, McCarty stated that he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument because “recently she had become distant,” according to the police report.

McCarty also told police he had become angry because the woman would not open up to him.

“While they were in the bathroom, [McCarty] grabbed her by her throat, pushed her up against the wall, causing her to fall to the ground,” according to the police report. “As [the woman] was on the ground, he continued to choke her.”

“Mr. McCarty did admit to telling her she was going to die, but said he did not mean anything by it,” according to the police report.

He told police he was upset and let his anger get the best of him at the time, police reported.

Police then spoke with the girlfriend, who corroborated McCarty’s story, except that after he had choked her, he placed his hand on her nose so she couldn’t breathe.

She told police McCarty had told her during the incident, “You know you are going to die, don’t you?,” according to the report.

It was at this time, that McCarty’s cousin had made his way into the bathroom, and McCarty stopped his alleged attack.

The cousin told police he had heard yelling and a struggle coming from behind the closed bathroom door, which he had attempted to open, but McCarty was blocking the door. When the cousin threatened to call police, McCarty left the bathroom, the cousin reported to police.

Police reported red marks were visible on the woman’s throat.

McCarty and the woman live at the residence together with their 11-month-old child. The child was not present during the alleged altercation, police reported.

After police spoke with the three parties, McCarty was placed under arrest and taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex. According to jail staff, McCarty was released Friday, after a $505 bond was posted.

The date of his upcoming court hearing was not posted on online court records as of press time.

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