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Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Cops: Man charged with trying to drown girlfriend in bathtub over Xanax

A man who allegedly tried to drown his girlfriend after an argument over missing Xanax pills was charged this morning with attempted murder, officials said.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, police got a frantic call from a woman who said her boyfriend had just tried to kill her several times, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

Police arrived at the coach house on the 100 block of Lawton Road and found a 53-year-old woman screaming in front of the main house, the release said.

She told the officers that her boyfriend had just tried to drown her in the coach house’s bathtub. As she was telling the officers what happened, police saw a man exiting a side door of the coach house and trying to flee the scene, the release said.

They caught him and took him into custody, the release said.

The woman told detectives that the two had gotten into an argument on Friday night about the thermostat setting in the coach house. About 20 minutes after the first argument, they began to argue about prescription drugs that were inside the home, the release said.

The woman decided to leave and went to a friend’s home in suburban Berwyn.

She returned home about 1 a.m. Saturday and thought her boyfriend was sleep because she heard snoring coming from a bedroom. But he got up and started arguing again about Xanax that was missing from their home, the release said.

The woman walked away from the argument and went upstairs to take a bath. But when she went into the bathroom, disrobed and started running the water, he opened the door and pushed her into the tub. She fell and injured her tailbone, the release said.

With about a foot of water in the tub, he grabbed her throat and started to choke her. He then pushed her face into the water and said, “I’m going to kill you. You’re going to feel what it’s like to be under water,” the release said.

She broke free after the third time of him trying to drown her and ran to the front of the main house. She was treated on the scene for non-life threatening injuries that were consistent with battery and choking, police said.

Michael D. Bruner, 60, of the 8000 block of Christie in Lyons, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery by strangulation, police said. Bruner’s address was also listed as the coach house address.

Police said Bruner’s criminal history traces to four states going back to 1974. He is a convicted felon in Illinois, California and Utah.

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Source: “Cops: Man charged with trying to drown girlfriend in bathtub over Xanax,” September 12, 2013.

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