Westminster man charged with assault after allegedly pushing woman into glass door by her throat

A Westminster man is facing assault charges after incidents in October and February.

Mark Charles Lessner, 46, of the unit block of South Church Street, has been charged with first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, according to electronic court records.


Officers from the Westminster Police Department were called to an address in the 500 block of Lakes Court on Oct. 12 for an assault, according to the application for statement of charges.

When they arrived, they saw a woman standing inside the front door of the building, and looking past the woman, officers saw a table in disarray with chairs laying on their sides, according to the statement. The woman told police she and Lessner had been out drinking and they got into an argument.

Once at the residence, they continued to argue and the woman said she threatened to call the police, according to the statement. It was then that Lessner upset the table and chairs and allegedly said, “I’ll give you something to call the police about,” according to the statement.

The woman said Lessner then pushed her by the throat into a sliding glass door while she was on the phone with police, according to the statement.

When police arrived, police canvassed Lessner was unable to be located, according to the statement.

Upon talking to police, the woman said there were more than five other incidents with Lessner in the past year, including one in February where he allegedly threatened to kill her while he held a knife to her head and choked her until she passed out, according to the statement.

Lessner was originally held without bond on Oct. 19, but after a bail review, was released on an unsecured personal bond of $2,500 on Oct. 22, according to electronic court records. He has a court date scheduled for Nov. 16.

Lessner did not immediately return call for comment.