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Police: Man strikes woman

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Sandusky man was arrested Tuesday after a simple argument with the mother of his child allegedly turned violent.

   Eric Hansard, 34, 1800 block Remington Ave., was charged with abduction—a third-degree felony—and menacing by stalking, domestic violence, child endangering, assault, disorderly conduct intoxicated and resisting arrest.

   Hansard was allegedly upset that his girlfriend was not at home with him Tuesday night around 9 p.m., prompting him to confront her at a friend’s house.

   The woman felt disrespected, so she left Hansard behind and returned to their Remington Avenue apartment. But when she arrived, he was already there, waiting, the report said.

   When the woman stepped inside, Hansard punched her throat and held her back from leaving, the report said.

   Hansard then continued his assault — he allegedly threw the woman against a wall and punched her back. The couple’s 6-year-old son walked downstairs during the incident. The child’s mother sent him across the street to call for help, but Hansard caught up with the boy and took him back inside the apartment, the report said.

   When Hansard returned, he found his girlfriend holding their 1-year-old son. Even that didn’t waylay his aggression — Hansard landed a blow on the woman’s face and threw her into another wall, child in arms, the report said.

   At that point, Hansard’s girlfriend made a break for it. She ran to a neighbor’s apartment and frantically knocked on their door. Hansard followed her, wrapped his arm around her neck in a headlock and dragged her back home, the report said.

   A teenager, who was peering out his window when the woman approached his door, watched the incident play out and told his parents, the report said.

   When they went to Hansard’s house to check on her, Hansard ceased his onslaught and took off on foot.

   The teenager’s story and the woman’s injuries appeared to corroborate her story. Lt. Richard Braun later documented the injuries, noting a large knot on the side of her head, choke marks on her neck, bruises on her arm and a cut in her mouth that required stitches.

   After the woman dialed 911 and told police about the night’s events, officers quickly located Hansard at Remington Avenue and Laurel Lane. He denied assaulting his girlfriend altogether, saying the woman hit herself with a door, the report said.

   Back at the Sandusky police station, a belligerent Hansard tried to tamper with his cell door using a shoestring and twice slipped his handcuffs, the report said.

   Officers hauled him to the Erie County jail, where he remains on $24,000 bond.

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