A Washington man has been charged with domestic assault after allegedly choking a woman and threatening to hit her with a paint can.

Michael J. Bryant, 28, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with one felony count of second-degree domestic assault and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree domestic assault.

Washington police were called to the 300 block of High Street Tuesday, Jan. 9, after a woman reported she had been assaulted. Police found the woman in her car a block away from the home with her children.

Police reported the woman seemed scared and said she had been assaulted by Bryant.

The woman told police the man choked her until she lost consciousness following an argument in the basement of the home. She said he later threatened to hit her in the head with a 1-gallon paint can.

The woman told police that during the altercation, the dryer, which had been propped up on some bricks, had been knocked over.

Bryant denied the assault when questioned by police.

An officer said the woman had red marks that were consistent with choking. The officer also said there was evidence in the basement consistent with the woman’s account.

Bryant was taken into custody and held on a $30,000, cash-only, bond.