DECATUR — A man described by police as an "on again, off again" boyfriend of an 18-year-old Decatur woman smashed his way into her apartment and strangled her to the point where she could not breathe, a sworn affidavit said.

The man, age 24, is also accused of pushing the woman to the ground before punching her multiple times and then strangling her again in an attack that happened at 10:14 p.m. Feb. 27, according to police.

The sworn affidavit from Decatur police officer Cory Barrows said police found and arrested the man Tuesday morning. He was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation, home invasion, committing domestic battery while having a prior domestic battery conviction and criminal damage to property. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State Attorney’s Office.

Writing in the affidavit, Barrows said police observed a scratch and discoloration on the woman's neck. They also noted the apartment door had been smashed open with the wood door frame splintered and the striker plate broken. The affidavit offered no motive for the attack.

The man remained held in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of $150,000 bail. Court records show he is due to be arraigned March 20.

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