A Johnson City man punched his wife numerous times in her face, hit her with a leather belt and choked her because she did not have $75 to give him, according to Johnson City police and court documents.
Scott J. Lyons, 41, 1711 Dave Buck Road, was charged early Friday morning with aggravated domestic assault, police said.
According to court documents, Officer Jonathan Teague was called to Lyons’ home to investigate an assault around 6 a.m. Friday and when he got there he saw blood on Lyons’ right hand knuckles and thumb.
When asked what happened, Lyons denied that any assault took place but Teague detained him before speaking to others in the home.
He found Lyons’ wife, who was not identified by name in the documents, with bleeding lips, her left arm covered in blood, bruised and swollen eyes and multiple abrasions on her hands, face and arms.
She was shaking, according to the documents.
She was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel.
Lyons’ wife told Teague he asked her for $75 that she did not have.
When she told Lyons this, he punched her in the face with his fist, according to the documents.
Lyons’ wife called her mother several times to ask for the money, but could not secure the cash.
Lyons hit her each time she failed, according to the documents.
Each time she could not get the $75 Lyons “began beating my face and body with his fists,” his wife reportedly said.
At some point, Lyons took off his braided leather belt and began whipping his wife all over her body before grabbing her by the throat with his hands and then clutching her neck with the bend of his elbow until she “saw stars,” according to the court documents.
Another person in the house reportedly heard Lyons say he was going to break his wife’s neck and called 911.
Lyons was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.
His hearing was scheduled for Monday in Sessions Court.