Westminster man charged with assault

John Everett Madison, a Westminster man, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a woman.

Madison, 54, of the 100 block of W. Main St. was charged with one count each of first and second degree assault. He is 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 a residence on Monday, Nov. 19, and spoke to a woman who said she and Madison had gotten into an argument about dogs in the residence.

She told police Madison began to approach her while yelling and she went inside the residence and closed the door to keep him out. He then kicked the door open, striking her in the head and grabbed her throat with one hand. This caused her to feel dizzy and have trouble breathing, and he stopped only when she bit his arm, she told police, according to the statement.

Police observed that her voice was hoarse, and there was redness on her neck and a bump on her head, according to the statement.

A witness said they had observed the argument outside and saw Madison force the door open. Another witness who was inside the residence observed Madison grab the woman’s throat, according to the statement.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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