Corvallis Assault Arrest

Steve MarksCORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis Police have arrested a man who they say threatened his girlfriend with a sledgehammer and tried to choke her.

Police say 43-year-old Steve Marks was at the Rodeway Inn motel Thursday night with his girlfriend. She told police that Marks punched her in the chest, slammed her against a wall, pressed his fist against her throat, and spit in her face.

Police say he ran from the motel, and when they found him at Harrison Bar and Grill, they say he was carrying a wooden handled mallet. Marks is facing multiple charges including strangulation, coercion, assault in the fourth degree, and the unlawful use of a weapon. He is lodged at the Benton County Jail, where his bail is set for $112,500.

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