Garden hose attack alleged
Woman said husband held her nose and forced water down her throat in Mechanicsville
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.