TRAVERSE CITY — The hunt for a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting his girlfriend ended in an arrest Friday afternoon.
David James McQueer, 46, fled before Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the incident just before midnight Tuesday, Lt. Brian Giddis said earlier this week. He was arrested at a residence in Grand Rapids, according to a Sheriff’s Department Facebook post.
Prosecutors issued a warrant Thursday listing intended charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence — a third offense — and preventing or obstructing communications via telephone.
The first charge carries a potential sentence of life in prison.
The others, respectively, could land McQueer in prison for up to 10 years, 93 days and four years, if convicted.
Court records note McQueer, of Traverse City, will face those charges as a habitual offender.
Eighty-Sixth District Court records list at least five prior domestic violence convictions.
Giddis said Thursday the alleged assault took place at McQueer’s “makeshift residence” off South Airport Road.
Court records describe the accusations against McQueer in detail, including points in which records state he sexually assaulted the woman with a foreign object to the point of injury and “dragged her by her hair.” Records state McQueer also forced the woman to watch him tie a noose and threaten to hang himself, and that he took and then hid the woman’s phone.
She was treated for her injuries — including facial bruising and swelling, marks on her neck and bleeding — at Munson Medical Center.
Investigators worked with U.S. Marshals to apprehend McQueer, who eventually will be transported to the Grand Traverse County jail to await arraignment, according to the Facebook post.