DECATUR — A 44-year-old felon was charged Thursday on four felony counts, for allegedly choking a woman with a power cord, dragging her by her hair and slapping her face.
Jeffrey Morstatter of Decatur was arrested March 21 in connection with the attack on a 51-year-old woman Feb. 22 in a residence on Decatur Street.
The victim told police that Morstatter became angry with her when she wanted to leave the residence to return to her own home.
He “smacked her in the face with an open hand,” the victim reported, according to a police affidavit. She responded by calling a relative for a ride. After she hung up the phone, she asked Morstatter if he would let her retrieve her computer and other belongings.
“Jeffrey then unplugged her computer and wrapped the power cord around her neck,” the affidavit says. “(The victim) advised that she could not breathe, started to see spots and thought she was going to lose consciousness.”
The victim said she believed Morstatter held the cord on her neck for about five minutes. He released his grip on the cord after she kicked him.
“Jeffrey then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her through the house onto the back porch.”
He then broke her computer, valued at about $600, by throwing it onto the porch.
Morstatter also was charged Thursday on criminal misdemeanor charges in connection with an incident in which he allegedly flicked a lit cigarette at a 26-year-old man on Feb. 11 in a home on East Lincoln Street. Morstatter, who was banned from contact with that victim because of a pending 2012 battery/bodily harm case, showed up at his residence and began arguing with him. The partially lit cigarette was still on the couch when a Decatur patrol officer arrived.
Morstatter, who is being held on $51,000 bond in the Macon County Jail, is due in circuit court for hearings on his two most recent cases on April 10. His charges include aggravated domestic battery, unlawful restraint and criminal damage to property.