Assault

A West Plains man has been arrested on a charge of second-degree assault after allegedly choking, punching and biting his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her while holding her in a shed for an hour. 

Christopher Brent Due, 31, had been charged Jan. 9 with second-degree assault after reportedly attacking the same woman Dec. 30. 

The most recent charge is related to an incident that allegedly happened Nov. 28. West Plains Police Officer Brandon Romans reported the woman said she went to a shed at a home on Monks Street to retrieve some of her property after being told by Due that he would not be there.

Instead, Due came out of the home and followed her to the shed, choking her to the point she thought she would lose consciousness about five or six times, punching her with a closed fist with a metal object tucked inside it, striking her in the ribs, right leg, face and head. 

She said Due also attempted to bite her on the nose and eventually bit her right ear before tossing her across the shed by her hair while threatening to kill her. The victim said while she was being attacked Due was blocking the door to the shed and became more aggressive each time she screamed for help. 

She told officers she was able to escape about an hour after the assault began and ran to her sister’s nearby home to call the police. She also said she believed she had broken ribs from the attack, but had declined treatment. 

In the second assault, Due allegedly punched, choked and threw the victim to the floor at the same location when she came to get some of her property.    

Officers responded to the area and reported they saw the alleged victim walking on Armstrong Street at Monks Street, crying and with visible injuries to her head, neck and shoulder.

Quill Staff Reporter

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