A Westminster man is being held without bond after he allegedly strangled a woman up to 10 times over the course of five hours.
Michael Adrian Smith, 25, of the unit block of Union Street, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count each of second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and false imprisonment. He was initially held without bail, which remained unchanged after a Wednesday bail review, according to electronic court records.
A Westminster police officer met with a woman at the Westminster Police Department on Sunday. The woman told the officer that Smith assaulted her from 1 a.m. through 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the statement of charges.
The woman was sleeping Sunday morning when Smith began to punch her multiple times in the back, waking her. Once she was awake, Smith demanded she show him a text message, and when she refused to show him the message, he pulled out a pocket knife and struck the cellphone's screen, according to the statement.
The woman grabbed a shirt and pair of pants, but Smith took them from her and began to cut the clothes with the pocket knife while cursing at her, according to the statement. At one point the woman grabbed a bat, and Smith took it from her and acted as if he was about to hit her, according to the statement.
While holding the bat, Smith began to push the woman in the chest, striking her three times in the chest, ribs and lower back, according to the statement. He then allegedly forced her to the ground and pinned her by using his knees on her forearms.
While he pinned her, he strangled her, using both hands around her neck and then using both hands to cover her nose and her mouth, according to the statement, and the woman reported that, at times, she could not breathe. She was able to get him off of her by pushing, biting and scratching Smith, according to the statement.
She heard a vehicle and went to a window to see if law enforcement was outside, and Smith came up to her and punched her several times in the back, according to the statement.
She made her way to the bathroom to brush her teeth, and Smith followed her inside and took the toothbrush from her. She stepped into the bathtub, and Smith knocked her down in such a way that half of her body was hanging out of the bathtub, according to the statement.
Smith used his elbow and his forearm to pin her against the bathtub, at the same time grabbing her hair in an attempt to bang her head against the tub, according to the statement.
The woman was able to get out of the tub, climb into a bed to cover herself and got the bat again, but Smith threatened to stab her if she swung at him. She put the bat behind her, and Smith pushed her on the bed and sat on her chest with both of his knees on her shoulders, according to the statement.
He started to strangle her again with both hands around her neck and used his hands to cover her mouth and nose, according to the statement, at one point putting his fingers in her nose. While attempting to cover her nose, he hit it hard enough that it started to bleed.
She was able to flee at some point and left the residence. She also saw Smith leave the residence in a 2004 Silver Honda, according to the statement.
The woman told police that Smith strangled her about 10 times and that, while he strangled her, she remembered her legs shaking uncontrollably as if she was having a seizure, according to the statement.
She said she attempted to flee multiple times, but Smith would not let her leave. During one attempt — she thought it was at about 6 a.m. at the time because she said her work alarm went off — Smith grabbed her by the shirt collar and dragged her up the stairs, according to the statement.
The woman told the officer that her head, neck, back, arms and mouth were injured, and the officer reported that the woman had visible injuries on her eye, lip and arms. She was transported to Carroll Hospital, according to the statement.