Columbia man arrested for domestic assault
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault for an incident in which the victim said he choked her and threw a knife at her.
The victim told officers about an argument she and Joseph McDermott had. The victim told police that during the argument, McDermott blocked the door with a dresser and threw a hard drive at her.
She further said McDermott threw a knife at her, though it did not hit her. She also said McDermott strangled her with a phone charger cable and put her in a choke hold to a point where she lost consciousness.
Police said the victim had injuries consistent with being choked.
McDermott, 33, is in the Boone County Jail waiting for bond to be set.
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