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A 23-year-old local man has been arrested after assaulting his common-law and threatening to kill the children if she called the police.

On December 2, 2017, the victim confronted the accused over returning Christmas gifts purchased for the children, for money she suspected he was using for drugs. The accused punched the victim in her ribs causing her to fall to the ground.

On December 4, 2017, the victim again confronted the accused over his alleged drug addiction. The accused became angry and grabbed the victim by her throat and threw her to the floor. The victim tried to leave the residence with the children, but the accused prevented her from taking them and threatened to kill the children if she called the police. The victim was able to flee the residence and attend police headquarters.

The accused was located at the residence and arrested without incident. The accused was transported to police headquarters where he was held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

The accused was charged with two counts of assault and utter threats.