Warden man charged for choking wife

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WARDEN — A Warden woman said her husband assaulted her, choked her and imprisoned her in her apartment last week.

Grant County prosecutors charged Daniel G. Lisenbey, 38, of Warden, in Grant County Superior Court with second-degree assault-domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment.

Lisenbey’s charges stem from an incident on Jan. 27, when the Warden Police Department started investigating a domestic violence incident in the city. The victim in the alleged incident told police she and her husband, Lisenbey, started fighting earlier in the day.

At some point Lisenbey allegedly attempted to separate the victim from a backpack and ended up pinching the woman several times. The victim claims Lisenbey tossed her around, as he was holding the backpack, and she bit him.

“The victim stated that the defendant then pressed his arm into her throat, causing her difficulty in breathing and partial suffocation (choked). The victim estimated that this went on for one minute. After being choked, the victim stated she vomited,” wrote a WPD officer.

Lisenbey allegedly took the victim’s phone and locked her in a bedroom by using a scarf and table to prevent her from opening up the door. The victim says she was able to cut her way out of the bedroom and she “maced” Lisenbey with some sort of chemical spray.

The spray reportedly did not work and Lisenbey “wiped the overspray into her eyes.” The victim was able to flee the apartment and contacted the police. The investigating officer noted the woman had marks and bruising around her shoulders and arms and “slight discoloration” around her neck. The investigating officer was able to locate the piece of fabric that was wrapped around the leg of a photo inside the victim’s apartment. A methamphetamine pipe was also reportedly found in Lisenbey’s bag.

Lisenbey told the officer the victim threw her cell phone at him, which, he says, is why he had her phone. He also claimed the altercation with his wife was about her meth pipe and drugs that he claims he flushed down the toilet due to the victim being pregnant.

“Defendant stated victim attempted to cut him and stab at him with a knife. Defendant had bite marks and (was) scratched on his person as well as (having) a stretched out shirt. Defendant denied assaulting victim, but admitted to holding her back while she was attacking and biting him,” wrote the officer.

Lisenbey went on to deny placing his hands on the victim’s neck and also denied the victim’s allegation that he secured her bedroom door shut with fabric and a table.

Richard Byrd can be reached via email at city@columbiabasinherald.com.

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