A Woodbury man has been charged with strangling a woman and threatening to assault her with a paper-towel holder and an iron in a Woodbury apartment in early December.
Anthony Juan Browder, 38, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation, a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Woodbury police were called to an apartment in the 10300 block of City Walk Drive just after 11 p.m. Dec. 3 to investigate a reported domestic assault.
Dispatchers reported that after three minutes of silence on the call, a “distressed” female gave her address, then they heard a man screaming, followed by what sounded like a man hitting a woman.
An officer found Browder standing in the apartment’s entryway with the victim, who was crying and seemed frightened, according to the complaint. The woman pointed to her throat and said she had been choked; the officer noted that the woman’s voice was “noticeably hoarse.”
The woman told police that she and Browder had been dating for three years. She said they began to argue after he picked her up from work, and when they arrived home, she told Browder that their relationship was over.
The woman said Browder became enraged, grabbing a paper-towel holder and telling her, “I’ll kill you!,” according to the complaint. Browder then grabbed an iron and told the victim, “I’ll bash your head in!,” she told police.
The woman said she rushed upstairs and called 911, and was able only to provide her address before Browder threw a water bottle at her, then threw her to the floor and began to choke her with both hands around her throat.
When Browder let go, the victim grabbed her keys. Browder said, “I’ll kill you if you leave,” then stood by the apartment’s front door to prevent her from leaving, according to the complaint.
Browder has been released from custody on a $10,000 bond. Among the conditions of his release is that he have no contact with the victim.
He is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charge Dec. 17 in Washington County District Court.