Man faces assault charges

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

Nathan McWilliam Gottman, 34, has been charged with one count of domestic assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Gottman is also charged with one count of domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

At approximately 9:07 p.m. on March 23, 2021, Fairmont Police officers were called to a residence on Woodland Avenue in Fairmont. A man advised that a woman had come to his house and that she had just been beaten up by another man. Officers arrived on the scene and spoke with the woman, who advised that Gottman had come into her bedroom while she was sleeping and had woken her up.

She stated that Gottman began looking through her phone, and then came over, jumped on the bed, and grabbed her by the throat. She explained that Gottman was on top of her and when he moved she was able to get out from under him. She explained that she then ran down the hallway, into the living room, where she tried to put her shoes on.

She indicated that Gottman grabbed her and threw her into a center island between the living room and kitchen where she ended up on top of a glass end table, breaking it. She indicated that when Gottman threw her on the table, she was unable to get up because his knees were on her hair. She stated that Gottman told her to unlock her phone, and she stated ok and told him to get off her.

She stated she then got up and Gottman threw her phone down the hallway. She said she ran out of the house and got into her car. She then stated that Gottman chased her down the driveway as she backed out.

Officers traveled to Gottman’s residence and made contact with him. Gottman was on his front porch and an officer observed that he appeared to be intoxicated and was slurring his speech.

When ordered to show his hands, Gottman refused. The officer drew his Taser and again ordered Gottman to show his hands. Gottman then complied.

Gottman initially refused to come off the porch, but eventually stepped down. Gottman refused to turn around, became agitated, and was not cooperative with commands. When informed that he was under arrest, Gottman argued with officers and continued to refuse commands.

Additional officers arrived on the scene and took Gottman to the ground. While on the ground an officer used his Taser on Gottman and Gottman continued to actively fight with officers as they attempted to restrain him. Gottman was eventually restrained but was actively kicking at law enforcement while he was being searched.

Gottman was transported to the Martin County Jail. While at the jail, Gottman continued to resist efforts to move him from the squad vehicle and obstructed officers.

A review of Gottman’s criminal history shows a conviction for malicious punishment of a child in 2011, and a conviction for criminal sexual conduct in the third degree in 2018. Both convictions are qualified domestic violence-related offense convictions.


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