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Man terrorizes his girlfriend for hours after accusing her of cheating, deputies say

Joshua James Swingle faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Joshua James Swingle faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after Parker County Sheriff’s deputies say he terrorized his girlfriend for two hours with a hammer, a knife and a shard of glass.

Joshua James Swingle thought his girlfriend, who police asked not to be identified, had cheated on him, deputies said.

They say that over the course of about two hours on Monday in a house they shared in the 300 block of Lake Country Drive, Swingle began slapping her in the face every time he thought she lied to him, approximately 30-40 times.

When she began to ignore the slapping, Swingle got a large silver knife and a hammer to threaten her, deputies said, leaving long red marks on her throat.

He eventually let her go to bed, but she woke up to find him cutting off her hair, deputies said. She said that later he straddled her chest while holding a knife to her throat. When she kicked him off, he threw a large mirror at her, causing it to shatter, deputies said.

She told deputies that Swingle then tried to cut her throat with a piece of glass from the broken mirror. She showed investigators cuts on her right hand that she received defending herself, deputies said.

She was able to escape and make it to a neighbor’s house to call 911, deputies said. Swingle followed her and tried to drag her off the porch, but she was able to run inside.

She also showed deputies bruises on her face and a bump on her head from the hammer. She said she was afraid that Swingle was going to kill her.

Parker County jail records indicate that since 2010, Swingle has been jailed four other times, accused of burglary of a habitation and other offenses.

Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.

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Stephen English covers breaking news for the Star-Telegram. He attended Texas Wesleyan University and has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for more than 30 years.
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