COLUMBUS – A 26-year-old Platte Center man spent the night in the county lockup accused of assaulting his longtime live-in girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her.
Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa on Wednesday set bond for Joshua Spires at $5,000, 10 percent allowed for release, for third-degree domestic assault stemming from an incident at the couple’s residence late Saturday night.
Skorupa ordered Spires not to go with five blocks of the couple’s Platte Center home and not to possess any firearms during a brief bond hearing held via video link from the county jail. The defendant has not yet been formally charged by the prosecution.
The judge set Spires for arraignment on Feb. 28.
Spires and the 21-year-old woman have been involved in a five-year relationship and share a 2-year-old son.
A Platte County Sheriff’s investigation began Tuesday with a report from the woman that she had been assaulted about 11 p.m. Saturday after refusing Spires’ sexual advances. The woman said Spires became upset when she refused and, when she attempted to leave the room, was several times pushed to the floor, Lt. Kevin Schuller wrote in his probable cause arrest statement.
Schuller reported that the woman said eventually she was able to leave the room, but Spires grabbed a shotgun and told her he was going to shoot her. The woman said the red marks and bruising on her body were a result of the assault, the lieutenant wrote in his statement.
Spires admitted the couple were involved in a “physical” argument, but denied possession of a shotgun or threatening the woman, Schuller reported.