A man was arrested Feb. 7 after his ex-girlfriend claimed he tried to kill her.

Madisonville Police Officer Travis Gunter said he went to an apartment on Englewood Road around 1:30 a.m. and talked to the woman who said Sean Edwin Zahn Ormsby, her ex-boyfriend, had assaulted her in the apartment.

She said she and her toddler son were in a back bedroom watching a movie when Zahn, who does not live in the apartment and reportedly had not been invited in, entered through an unlocked door.

The woman told Gunter that Ormsby began to scream and curse at her and threaten her. The woman said the altercation then became physical with Ormsby putting his hands around her throat and choking her until she began losing consciousness.

She said Ormsby eventually let go of her neck, taking her car keys and apartment key and leaving in her 2007 Nissan Versa.

She told Gunter that Ormsby had smashed her cellphone then taken it with him, so she ran to a nearby gas station to call 911. She said she had moved to Florida to get away from Ormsby, but had came back recently and Ormsby must have heard she was back in town.

A little while later, around 2:17 a.m., Officer David Kilby spotted the Nissan on Main Street and stopped it in the Regions Bank parking lot. Gunter said when he arrived on the scene he identified the driver as Ormsby and asked him if he’d been at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. Ormsby said he hadn’t been.

Gunter said he then placed Ormsby under arrest and found a receipt in the glove compartment of the Nissan that showed the car belonged to the ex-girlfriend. Inside the car was also a beer can that matched one found on the porch of the ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Once he was at the jail, Gunter said the woman’s apartment key was found on Ormsby.

Ormsby, 37, was charged with aggravated assault by domestic violence, aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, open container violation and driving on a suspended license.

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