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Man charged with domestic violence assault after using an axe to break in to victim’s home

UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

A man broke into an Indian Trail neighborhood home Monday using an ax from the backyard of the home before, police say, he assaulted and attempted to strangle a person.

Carl Schneider, 34, was arrested and charged with domestic violence burglary, two counts of second degree assault and one count of harassment. The incident occurred the same day Schneider’s wife filed for divorce, according to court records.

Spokane Police officers responded to reports of a burglary in the 5800 block of West Shawnee Ave. at about 4 p.m. The caller told the dispatcher that one victim was inside the house from which they had just escaped, according to an SPD statement.

The caller also told police Schneider had taken an ax from their backyard and smashed it through backdoor glass to get inside the home.

When officers arrived they found Schneider on top of the victim actively choking the person, according to the statement. There was blood on the walls and floor around the victim, who was lying motionless.

Police say Schneider refused commands to stop choking the victim so police used a Taser to subdue him.

Schneider was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail on various charges. He was released a day later after making his $75,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for later this month.

The victim was transported to the hospital with a potential skull fracture, according to SPD. The police department did not have an update on the victim’s status as of Wednesday morning.

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