Des Moines man allegedly assaults woman who refuses sex

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Marquese Antonio Morse, 35, of Des Moines was arrested Sunday morning on charges of assault causing bodily injury and second-degree harassment.

A Des Moines man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly assaulting a West Des Moines woman who refused his sexual advances.

Marquese Antonio Morse, 35, of 244 E. Edison Ave., Des Moines, was charged with assault causing bodily injury and second-degree harassment.

According to court records, the victim told officers of the West Des Moines Police Department that she and Morse “went out for a while” Saturday night before returning to her residence, where Morse “told the victim he wanted to have sexual intercourse.”

The victim told him “she did not want to have sex. This angered” Morse, who allegedly “proceeded to push the victim down multiple times and caused multiple visible injuries,” according to court records.

Law enforcement responded about 2:30 a.m. The victim was treated at the scene by West Des Moines EMS, and photos were taken of her injuries, which “were consistent with bruising, scratches and red marks. The victim also had a bump on her head.”

According to court records, Morse told law enforcement that “he called the police because he did not want to get arrested.”

The arresting officer reported that after taking Morse into custody, “he proceeded to kick my patrol vehicle and make multiple statements about killing me.” Morse said that “[h]e couldn’t wait to beat my ass when he gets out,” the officer reported.

Morse is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond prior to his initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

Morse has a number of prior convictions, including for domestic abuse assault in 2002 in Polk County District Court, interference with official acts and disorderly conduct-fighting or violent behavior in 2004 in Johnson County District Court, intent to cause pain or injury in 2004 in Johnson County District Court, assault on peace officers and escape of a misdemeanant in 2005 in Johnson County District Court, interference with official acts in 2005 in Johnson County District Court, second-offense domestic abuse assault in 2006 in Polk County District Court and disorderly conduct-fighting or violent behavior in 2009 in Polk County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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