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March 26, 2014

Man accused of beating girlfriend

TRAVERSE CITY — A local man is accused of strangling his girlfriend and threatening two others with a knife at his home.

Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputies on March 17 responded to a report of a domestic assault on Virginia Avenue. Dennis Paul Stacey, 24, lived at the residence with his girlfriend of seven months, according to court documents.

The woman told deputies Stacey tried to hang himself off the back deck of the couple’s home after she told him she was leaving him. The woman said the cord he used broke against his weight.

She told deputies Stacey then went inside the bathroom and began to yell. When she tried to calm him he grabbed her and slammed her head into the wall two times, court records said.

Another woman who was at the home told deputies Stacey also slammed her head into the wall and kicked her down the stairs. Stacey then made his way into the kitchen and cut himself with a razor blade “in the attempt of removing a tattoo of (his girlfriend’s) name,” court records said.

Stacey’s girlfriend told deputies he then threw her to the floor and choked her unconscious. When she came to, she told him she was going to call 911 and he took the phone away from her, court records said.

The two women then went outside where another man waited in a car, and Stacey followed them outside with a knife. The man told deputies Stacey chased him around the car in the driveway with the knife and threatened to kill him, court records said.

All three were able to get into the car, drive away and call 911.

Stacey was arrested on felony counts of assault by strangulation and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned by video in 86th District Court. A preliminary examination is scheduled for April 4. He has not been involved in any assaults prior to this case, according to court records.

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