Cassville man faces domestic assault charges

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Woman needed medical care after altercations

A Cassville man is facing two felony charges after a pair of alleged altercations with a woman at a residence on Townsend Street in Cassville.

Darren Carnefix, 33, of Cassville, is charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a $15,000, cash-only bond.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Taylor Lombard, Cassville police officer, a domestic assault call was made for a woman who was severely beaten.

With assistance from another officer, Lombard entered the home and found the victim, who was bleeding after suffering injuries to the face and head. The victim was transported by EMS to the hospital for care.

At the hospital, the victim, whose name has been redacted, told Lombard at about 3 p.m. on Thursday, there was an argument at the home, which escalated and resulted in Carnefix striking the victim multiple times in the face, knocking her unconscious.

"While the victim was on the ground, the victim states Mr. Carnefix then used his knee, placed on her throat, to choke her," Lombard said in the statement. "At or around [12:29 a.m. on Friday], the victims states that she and Mr. Carnefix were involved in another argument that turned physical. the victim states that Mr. Carnefix kicked her multiple times in the chest, breast and abdomen while she was on the ground. A witness who was at the residence immediately ran to a nearby apartment to call 911."

Lombard said from the time of the 911 call to police arriving, Carnefix had left and gone to his parents' house, where he was located and arrested by two police officer and a Barry County deputy.

Carnefix has a disposition hearing scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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