A Westminster man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the parking lot of the Westminster Walmart.
Kasey Camron Kassakatis, 21, of the 100 block of South Ralph Street, was charged with one count each of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property valued less than $1,000 and theft between $100 and $1,500. He was being held without bond following a Monday bail review, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, officers of the Westminster Police Department responded to the Woodward Road store after EMS reported an injured subject.
On scene, officers observed a woman bleeding from an approximately 3-inch-long cut on the lip and chin. She said she had been attacked and her car was taken. She was transported to Carroll Hospital, according to electronic court records.
An employee of the Walmart store told police she had heard yelling and screaming in the parking lot while on duty at the store. Employees attempted to yell at two individuals to separate. The employee saw a man punching a woman and holding her in a choke hold, according to her statement.
Police located the vehicle in the parking lot and determined that it had not been taken. The glass of a passenger side window was broken completely and a threatening message was scraped into the side door. Items were scattered around the vehicle. The cost of the damages were estimated at $800, according to the statement.
An officer connected with the woman later at Carroll Hospital and was able to document injuries including multiple bruises on her body and face and redness to her neck and chest. Her jaw was bruised significantly and the laceration had been stitched with about 12 stitches, according the statement.
The woman said she and Kassakatis had been sitting in the car speaking when he began to yell at her. He punched out the window before pulling her out of the car and throwing her belongings. She attempted to leave, and he began punching her and strangling her, she told police, according to the statement.
Later, the woman’s cell phone and purse could not be located in or around the vehicle, according to the statement.
A court date is scheduled for Sept. 18.