A Jefferson City man has been charged with second-degree domestic assault and possession of methamphetamine — both felonies — after police responded Monday night to a report of a woman screaming for help.
Jefferson City Police Department officers responded to the residence of Robert E. Schraer, 32, at about 10:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a call from neighbors, according to a JCPD probable cause statement.
Officers spoke with a woman who was "bleeding from the nose, had redness around the neck and abrasions to the chest."
The woman told police an argument between Schraer and herself escalated when Schraer started throwing things at her. He then allegedly struck her in the face — causing her nosebleed — and got behind her and put her in a chokehold.
When she started to scream for help, Schraer allegedly forced "a large rock necklace pendant into her throat" and then tried to smother her with a pillow.
"The victim reported a brief or near loss of consciousness, reporting that the violent attack only stopped after police arrived on scene," according to police.
Officers found blood on the pillow, on the necklace allegedly used in the assault and on Schraer's bicep. The woman also had injuries to her gums and soft palate that police determined were consistent with her statements.
Officers said Schraer was in possession of a crystalline substance that a field test identified as meth. He was charged Tuesday with one count of second-degree domestic assault and one count of drug possession, according to a felony complaint — both charges are class D felonies. His bond was set at $50,000.
The probable cause statement notes Schraer was out of jail on a $5,000 surety bond at the time of his arrest, awaiting trial for first-degree assault after he was arrested May 30.
He was charged at that time with assault and possession of heroin — both felonies — after he allegedly beat a man and left him with multiple fractured facial bones and a possible broken neck.