Assault in Exeter leads to charges

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Man flees scene in underwear after police called

An Exeter man was arrested after allegedly assaulting a victim and fleeing the house in his underwear when police were called.

Nathan England, 19, of Exeter, is charged with second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Justin Fohn, with the Exeter Police Department, he and Chief Kenen Martinez responded to a domestic disturbance on Maple Street on Sunday.

Upon arrival, they made contact with two victims, one of which had marks on the neck, chest and arms. The victim said there was an argument with England, and he slammed her on the bed and would not let her up. England allegedly took a phone from both victims, to stop them from calling 911, then pushed the second victim out of the home and locked the door.

England then allegedly dragged the first victim back to the bedroom, then punched her in the face and side and grabbed her arms to the point of bleeding. He then held her down by the throat and continued slapping and punching her.

During the assault, the victim's phone began to ring, and England told her to answer it and say everything was OK. The call was from dispatch, and the victim yelled her address and asked for help.

England then allegedly fled the scene, and the second victim outside said he ran out the door holding some items but wearing nothing but underwear. He was arrested at 2:22 a.m.

England is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $15,000. A motion for a bond reduction has been filed, and the arraignment was held on Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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