VINALHAVEN — Bail was set Monday at $1,000 for a Vinalhaven man accused of attempting to strangle a woman to the point unconsciousness.

Robert J. Young, 47, was charged with Class B aggravated assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief as a result of the assault that occurred Sunday, Sept. 18 on the island.

According to a report filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in the Knox County court, police were called to a report of a domestic assault and that the suspect had a gun.

The victim told police that Young was heavily intoxicated and grabbed her by the throat and “choked” her until she passed out, according to the affidavit. The woman said when she awoke Young had a handgun and it was pointed at his head and he was threatening to shoot himself. The victim was able to get the gun from him and threw it in the woods near the residence.

Young left the residence to find the gun, according to the police report.

The woman told police he had assaulted her in the same way twice earlier in the day. The final time was observed by a witness, according to the affidavit.

Deputy Josh Lemoi from North Haven talked with Young on the phone several times as the deputy was on his way to the scene. When the deputy arrived at the scene, Young was walking outside the residence, was highly agitated and was confronting neighbors. Lemoi said he repeatedly commanded Young to get on his knees and put his hands above his head and Young eventually complied and was handcuffed by the officer.

After being read his Miranda rights, Young admitted to using one hand to “choke” the victim, according to the affidavit.

Sgt. Drew Graham and Deputy Vitaly St. Thomas arrived from the mainland via a Maine Marine Patrol boat.

The Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun was located by police with a loaded magazine but no bullet in the chamber, according to the police report.

The criminal mischief charge results from him allegedly smashing a door.

Young made his initial appearance in the Knox County court on Monday, Sept. 19. Judge Patricia Worth set bail at $1,000 cash as recommended by both the district attorney’s office and defense attorney. He is prohibited from possessing alcohol, drugs, or weapons.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 15.