An Ark City man was arrested early Friday after a local woman accused him of striking her and then pointing a gun at her and threatening to kill her.
31-year-old Jedediah M. Kramer, was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, DUI and numerous drug-related counts. Kramer posted bond in excess of $34,000 and was released from the Cowley County Jail.
Just after 8:20 a.m., police responded to the report of a disturbance involving a female who had made her way to the Ark City Police Dept. She told investigators she had been the victim of battery and pointed to the suspect as he drove by.
Police stopped Kramer several blocks from the police department and detected an odor of alcohol.
Kramer was detained for DUI testing and meth was discovered in his possession, according to a report of the incident released by police. He failed sobriety tests and was charged with DUI.
Officers continued to speak with the 29-year-old alleged victim, who said the suspect had engaged the her in a physical altercation that was reportedly unprovoked. The victim was placed in a choke hold and was forced to the ground.
The suspect is accused of making several statements about killing the victim as the victim was being strangled. Once freed, the victim made a movement to gather her children when she noticed Kramer was armed with a pistol.
Kramer then pointed the pistol at her and made more statements about killing the alleged victim. She was able to talk him into putting the gun down as she tried to calm the situation by contacting his family.
Once Mr. Kramer had calmed down, the victim gathered their children despite Mr. Kramer telling her not to. The victim had agreed to not contact police and just wanted to leave.
A search warrant was drafted for a residence on North 15th St., where the altercation was said to have occurred.
During the search warrant, the weapon used was recovered as were prescription pills and paraphernalia typically used to grow marijuana, namely a large quantity of seeds.
A large amount of juvenile marijuana plants along with germinated seeds inside seed starters were also located and seized.