Centerville PD: Man tried to strangle woman to death

The assault was reported just after 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Monitor Village Mobile Home Park on East Washington Street/KTVO

A Centerville man was taken to jail Sunday night, after police officers saw him attacking a woman outside his home.

The alleged assault happened just after 8 p.m. Sunday at the Monitor Village Mobile Home Park on East Washington Street. Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry tells KTVO his officer was in the right place at the right time.

"One of our officers was on routine patrol and while doing so, he heard a female screaming, and so he started to investigate and he finally did locate where the incident was taking place, about two blocks away from where he originally heard the noise," Demry said.

The officer said he saw the man, later identified as Matthew Blake Asmus, 56, choking the victim over a railing in a car port. According to online court records, the officer also heard Asmus threatening the woman, saying he would end her, and that she would "...never talk to him that way again."

Demry said the woman did not receive life-threatening injuries in the attack.

Asmus is now charged with Attempted Murder. He remains in custody at the Appanoose County Jail.

Attempted Murder is a Class B Felony, punishable in Iowa by up to 25 years in prison.

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