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An Iowa man’s foul flatulence may have led to a violent domestic dispute — and later his arrest.
Christopher Ragsdale allegedly choked and head-butted his girlfriend for protesting his “horrible” fart, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by NBC affiliate KFDX-TV. He was booked by Wichita Falls police and charged with assault.
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan. 5, law enforcement was dispatched to Cranbrook Lane on the southeast side of the city regarding a domestic dispute. The woman victim, who wasn’t identified by authorities, told responding police officers that she was relaxing in the living room of a friend's house with Ragsdale when he allegedly dropped a potent methane bomb. When she objected to the unpleasant scent, Ragsdale allegedly became enraged and began attacking her.
“She told Christopher that his fart smelled horrible and he got mad and grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground,” the arrest report claimed.
Ragsdale then allegedly wrapped his arms around the woman’s neck and began to choke her. She told investigators that she could “barely breathe.” The woman’s friend, who told police she was home at the time of the assault, unsuccessfully tried to intervene, and said an irate Ragsdale was shouting and “got in the victim’s face” before head-butting her in the forehead in the home’s hallway. The woman’s friend phoned police a short time later.
Authorities, who observed red marks on the woman’s neck and forehead, arrested Ragsdale upon arrival.
A Wichita Falls County judge set Ragsdale’s bond at $10,000 on Monday, according to online court records.
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