A Pacific man is facing two felony counts of domestic assault after an incident with his girlfriend in Washington earlier this month.
Jason Barnard, 31, has been charged with second-degree and third-degree domestic assault in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court.
According to the Washington Police Department, Barnard and his girlfriend got into an argument at an apartment in Washington Sunday, March 5.
Barnard’s girlfriend told police he had been drinking whiskey when the two began to fight. The verbal disagreement turned physical when Barnard allegedly took his girlfriend’s phone from her hands and struck her. Police said the woman slapped him.
According to the report, Barnard then allegedly put his hand around the woman’s throat and threatened her. Barnard allegedly pushed her again before leaving the apartment. The woman said he came back and banged on the apartment door before leaving again.
The woman called police to report the incident the next day. Police found bruises on her arm, neck and back that officers said were consistent with what she said happened.
The woman told police Barnard has assaulted her multiple times in the past, but she has not reported any incident.
Washington police said a child was present at the time of the incident.
Barnard was charged Wednesday, March 8. He has a trial date scheduled for Thursday, April 6.