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Blotter: Police: Man charged with assault after severely beating a woman in the street

A woman remains in the hospital, authorities said, after an argument with a Salisbury man left her broken and bruised.

Salisbury Police charged Antowane Dennis Koontz, 35, of the 100 block of East Horah Street, with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.

The incident occurred Wednesday around 12:45 p.m. near the 300 block of South Lee and East Horah streets. Passersby saw a man, later identified as Antowane Koontz, engaged in a conversation with a woman and then he knocked the woman to the ground. He got on top of the woman and began punching her, a report said.

Two people — a woman and then a man — stopped as the scene unfolded in the street. The first passerby tried to pry Koontz off the victim. The man who happened to be passing by also tried to help the woman pull Koontz away from the victim and was successful. The passerby took the victim to the 400 block of South Lee Street away from the scene and Koontz returned inside his home, a report said.

When police arrived to his home, Koontz was still inside and was arrested there.

The woman had severe trauma to her face, eyes, cuts to the top of her head and her arms, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

Hospital officials are checking to determine whether the woman has a broken eye socket, Lingle said.

Neither the victim nor Koontz said how the incident began.
Koontz, whose nicknames, according to the Department of Correction, are “730 (Crazy)” and “Red Money,” was convicted in 2008 of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession with intent to sell a schedule II substance. In 2004 Koontz was convicted of possession with intent to sell a schedule VI substance, in 1999 he was convicted of attempted second-degree rape, statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child. He has also been convicted of misdemeanor assault on a female and resisting arrest. His probation was revoked in November, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.

In other police reports:

• Henderson High School reported Wednesday two juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct in the 1200 block of North Main Street.

• A man reported Wednesday someone vandalized his video in the 700 block of East Innes Street.

• A woman reported Thursday a burglary occurred in the 800 block of South Fulton Street.

• Jermanne Jeffrey J. Jackson, 20, was charged with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer in the 600 block of South Caldwell and West Thomas streets.

In sheriff’s reports:

• A man reported Tuesday a larceny from a salvaged pickup parked in the 3300 block of Mount Hope Church Road.

• A Salisbury woman reported Tuesday she was scammed out of $400 in cash in the 400 block of Goodwin Road.

• A man reported Tuesday someone removed the air conditioning unit from a rental home in the 100 block of Tarbox Lane.

• Kandas Nichelle Hartsell, 29, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor larceny in the 500 block of Deck Lane.

• Burton Daniel Lavana, 29, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor possession of controlled substance schedule III and Teia Marie Snead, 29, with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule VI in the 8200 block of U.S. 52, Rockwell.

• Damion Lamar Ware, 36, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule VI in the 100 block of Iris Lane, Kannapolis.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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