Denison Police have opened a family violence assault investigation after a man allegedly launched a violent attack on his girlfriend last weekend.


A department incident report said officers responded to Texoma Medical Center’s emergency room just after 2 p.m. last Saturday in reference to an assault, which reportedly took place at a residence in the 700 block of West Texas Street.


“The victim stated she and her boyfriend got into a verbal altercation and that he struck her in the cheek, pushed her, tripped her and tackled her to the ground,” the report read. “He also struck her with his fists, jabbed her in the stomach and slammed her ankle in a car door. He also destroyed a cell phone while the victim was trying to contact police for assistance.”


The woman was treated for minor injuries. Lt. Mike Eppler said investigators have identified the man involved, but, as of Wednesday, he had not yet been charged or arrested. The findings of the investigation will be forwarded to the Grayson County District Attorney’s office for consideration of criminal charges.


Eppler encouraged all victims of domestic violence to reach out to their local police department and file a report.


“No one should think that they’re trapped in an abusive relationship,” Eppler said. “There’s help and there are services to get you out of that situation, but you have to step forward and let someone know.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith @heralddemocrat.com.