Washington man accused of trying to strangle woman

By Stephen Betts | Nov 29, 2018
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Washington — A 36-year-old man made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, after being arrested on a charge of trying to strangle a woman.

Robert Lermond, of Washington, was arrested Monday night and charged with Class B aggravated assault, operating under the influence and violation of a condition of release.

According to an affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Paul Spear responded to a domestic assault call at a residence in Washington. The woman told the officer that Lermond had taken money from her that she had saved in order to move out and get away from him.

Lermond then threw her on a couch and put a hand around her throat, so that she had a difficult time breathing, according to the affidavit. He also struck her in the face while he was holding her down, according to police.

The officer reported that the woman had red marks on her neck and bruises to her eyes.

Police looked for Lermond, who had left the house before the officer arrived, but he returned to the residence while Spear was still nearby. When Spear arrived, he said Lermond was heavily intoxicated. Lermond was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Judge Brent Davis set bail for Lermond at $1,000 cash.

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