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Dover man accused of strangling girlfriend until she blacked out in Concord

A 28-year-old man has been indicted on more than a dozen criminal charges after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend in Concord last winter, strangling her until she blacked out and nearly pushing her out of a second-story window.

Steven Svoboda of Dover faces 14 counts of simple assault, second-degree assault and criminal restraint. Svoboda was arrested Dec. 10, shortly after the assault reportedly took place in an upstairs apartment near the state prison on North Main Street.

The girlfriend told officers that she, Svoboda and a friend had been drinking when Svoboda erupted in a fit of rage over text messages from an ex-boyfriend, according to a police report. He grabbed her around the neck and hoisted her off the ground, the report said. She escaped and ran into a bedroom, where he found her and began choking her again, this time pinching her nose shut as well.

“Steve told her that she should die,” the report said, citing the woman.

At one point Svoboda allegedly kicked a window screen out and “shoved her out the window where he held her.” The woman said he then “pulled her back in and spit at her several times.”

She said that about two hours after the assault began, Svoboda choked her yet again, this time to the point that she lost consciousness. She awoke “to Steve slapping her in the face,” the report said.

The two then apparently went to sleep, though the woman said she had to lie on the floor because Svoboda “would not let her in the bed or have any covers.” At some point while she was on the floor, Svoboda allegedly “kicked her in the stomach and punched her in the ribs three times,” the report said.

Svoboda allegedly woke up shortly before 5 a.m. and began yelling at the woman. He left for work in Bow a short time later and was detained there by the police. The woman was taken to Concord Hospital and treated for bruising on her neck, legs, arms and cheeks, as well as redness and small cuts around her head.

Officers later interviewed the friend who had been drinking with the couple. He told them he was “very drunk” at the time, and recalled trying to break up the dispute when it started by punching a refrigerator. He said he saw the woman slap Svoboda in the face once or twice, but had not followed them into the bedroom.

Svoboda is scheduled for an arraignment in Merrimack County Superior Court on May 14 at 8:30 a.m.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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