Arkansas man charged in Cassville assault

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

44-year-old threatened woman with gun in her home

A Bentonville, Ark., man was booked into the Barry County jail on Wednesday for an alleged domestic assault and theft at a home on 13th Street in Cassville.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Danny Boyd, with the Cassville Police Department, Charles Key, 44, of Bentonville, Ark., went to the 13th Street home of a woman on May 11 and physically assaulted her. Key allegedly pushed her out of her chair in the bedroom of her home, causing her to strike her head on the nightstand. The statement says Key then picked the woman up and began hitting her in the head and upper body with his fist.

As the woman tried to escape, Key allegedly continued to hit and kick her, then took a Browning 9mm pistol out of her gun cabinet and held it to her head, allegedly saying, "Today is the day you are going to die for being such a [expletive]."

The woman then got away from Key and ran out the front door and hid from Key in the park. After Key left the home, the woman returned for her cell phone and her Dachshund dog, both of which were missing.

The woman told Boyd, "I felt when he put the gun to my head, he was going to kill me."

Key is facing charges of first-degree domestic assault, a class B felony; armed criminal action, an unclassified felony; and stealing of any livestock or animal, a class C felony.

Key is being held in the Barry County jail on a $35,000 bond. A court date has not been set.

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