A 31-year-old Black River Falls man has been charged with felony assault after allegedly hitting and choking a Black River Falls woman during a Jan. 26 incident in the town of Brockway.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman got into a car with Aaron Dewayne Saul and another man around 3 a.m. and drove the back roads outside of Black River Falls. During the ride, the woman became upset after an argument between her and Saul. The woman got out of the vehicle, and Saul walked up to her and told her to get back in. The complaint said Saul struck the woman in the face once with a closed fist.
Following the punch, the complaint says Saul choked the woman, who told police she felt like she was going to pass out. She said Saul forced her back into the vehicle before returning to her residence. She said Saul told her go inside and go to sleep. She said Saul threatened to give police information that would cost her custody of her children if she reported the incident to police.
The complaint says police observed dried blood on the woman’s face and a cut lip.
Saul has a bond condition which prohibits him from violent, threatening or abusive conduct toward the woman, which triggered a bail jumping charge. He was also charged with felony strangulation/suffocation and misdemeanor battery. He has a pre-trial conference set for Feb. 28.