Gar­den hose at­tack al­leged

Woman said hus­band held her nose and forced wa­ter down her throat in Me­chan­icsville

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­ Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

A Me­chan­icsville area man was in cus­tody and await­ing a court hear­ing Thurs­day fol­low­ing his ar­rest on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he tried to drown his wife with a gar­den hose.

Mary­land State Po­lice ob­tained a charge against 36-year-old Ja­son James Brun­ner of com­mit­ting a first-de­gree as­sault on Shirley Plotz, who court pa­pers state ar­rived at a hos­pi­tal late Mon­day night with a cut on her chin and other mi­nor in­juries.

Plotz, 40, told po­lice that she left the cou- ple’s Golden Beach home that evening dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, court pa­pers state, to get their din­ner at a con­ve­nience store in the me­dian of Route 5 in Me­chan­icsville, and that she saw her hus­band walk­ing to­ward nearby Bay­side Mo­tor Sports Ser­vice.

Dur­ing an ini­tial con­fronta­tion at the gate to the busi­ness’ com­pound, charg­ing pa­pers al­lege that Brun­ner pushed the woman into a bush and be­gan to choke her, un­til he walked away and she yelled at him.

Brun­ner again choked the woman as he threw her onto the hood of a van and on the ground, and he took a stick away from her be- fore us­ing it to hit her on the head, ac­cord­ing to the charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed by state po­lice.

“She grabbed a gar­den hose to scare Brun­ner, but Brun­ner grabbed the gar­den hose … pushed her on the floor in the back [of the] van, and held her nose shut while spray­ing the hose in her mouth,” the charg­ing ap­pli­ca­tion states, al­leg­ing that Brun­ner said he would kill her “and then I’m go­ing to kill my­self,” be­fore she got away.

The sus­pect and the woman “have been mar­ried and liv­ing to­gether for 18 months,” the court pa­pers state.

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