A West Des Moines man was arrested for assault early Friday after allegedly slapping a woman and pulling her hair.
Bronson Nicole Konopasek, 45, of 1621 92nd Place, West Des Moines, was charged with first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness and obstruction of emergency communications.
The incident began shortly after midnight Friday in the 1600 block of 92nd Place, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department responded to a 911 text that said, “Please come now.”
The officers made contact with the victim, who said that “an argument” occurred, and Konopasek “began to escalate his voice,” according to court records. When the victim “attempted to walk up the stairs,” she allegedly “had her hair pulled by” Konopasek, and “she was drug down the stairs and landed on the hardwood floor near the kitchen.”
The victim told the officers that Konopasek allegedly “then began to strike her with an open hand to both sides of her head,” according to court records.
The victim told the officers that “she was able to escape but was dragged down the stairs again,” and she “was just able to text 911 that she needed help before” Konopasek “removed her phone from her possession,” according to court records.
The officers observed on the victim “clear bruising on her right elbow, right knee, the back of her right calf and the top of her left foot,” according to court records.
Konopasek is held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in the Dallas County District Court.
Konopasek was arrested on a charge of first-offense domestic abuse assault in a 2014 incident in Clarion in which he allegedly did “hit and punch his girlfriend in the face,” leaving her with “a black eye left side and right is swollen,” according to court records. The case was dismissed in Wright County District Court. He was convicted of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness in 2016 in Humboldt County District Court after assaulting his 15-year-old son “by striking him in the face, causing visible injuries,” according to court records. He was arrested on a charge of first-offense domestic abuse assault in a 2018 incident in Des Moines in which the female victim’s “screaming in fear” led to his allegedly “sticking both of his thumbs in her mouth and pulling to either side, causing minor injuries that bled,” according to court records. The case was dismissed in Polk County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.