The Jasper County prosecutor's office has charged a 36-year-old suspect with a felony assault on his girlfriend during a disturbance Monday night at a Joplin apartment complex.

Zachary J. Minck, of Webb City, was taken into custody after the 7:25 p.m. disturbance at 1502 S. Michigan Ave. A charge of second-degree domestic assault was filed Tuesday.

A probable-cause affidavit states that Minck threw Mary A. Richmond, 40, down and choked her during an argument. Police Sgt. Jason Stump said Richmond did not require medical attention.

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