Local man faces 2 felony charges

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County.

Ryan Patrick Bartz, 37, of Fairmont, has been charged with one count of domestic assault, which carries a maximum charge of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Bartz also faces one charge of domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Oct. 29, Fairmont police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of Burton Lane in Fairmont on a report of a domestic assault.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to an adult female. The woman indicated she gotten into an argument with Bartz.

She said she confronted him about some messages she had discovered on his phone, and then he confronted her about cheating on him. She explained that during this dispute, he shoved her hard enough that she landed on the floor. She said she got up and went at him and was in “fight-or-flight mode.”

She said he grabbed her and slammed her on the bed and proceeded to put his hands around her throat. She indicated she tried to call 911 but he knocked the phone out of her hand. She said he continued to choke her and yell at her. As he got off her, she kicked him and ran to a neighboring apartment.

The woman said that when Bartz pushed her over, he used two hands. She also said that when they were on the bed, he was straddling her and had both hands around her neck, and she was barely breathing.

Officers also spoke with Bartz, who said he had a bruise and scratch to be documented. He pointed to a bruise on his upper right arm, and the officer observed a fresh scratch on the right side of Bartz’s neck.

Bartz said the woman grabbed his phone and attacked him while he was doing the dishes. He said he tried to restrain her and told her to calm down. She then grabbed her phone and said she was calling the police.

Bartz denied doing anything besides trying to restrain her by taking her hands and putting her on the bed. He denied knocking the phone out of her hand and denied grabbing her by the throat.

A review of Bartz’s criminal history shows a conviction for terroristic threats in July 2016 and July 2017.