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Man Charged with Choking, Restraining Woman

The incident was in Mehlville on Friday.

A man from the Ballwin area is being charged with felonious restraint and third-degree assault stemming from an incident Friday in Mehlville.

According to a St. Louis County Police report, Matthew A. Carta, 31, of the 700 block of Overlook Circle in Valley Park, assaulted a woman, choking her and preventing her from getting away.

The victim was visiting with Carta in the 2600 block of Park Hill in Mehlville, when he refused to allow her to leave. He started choking her and tried to force her into another room, the police report said. The woman eventually unlocked the door and fled.

Bond was set at $20,000.

Editor's note: The man's address originally was incorrectly listed. It is in Valley Park.

Dennis Broadbooks April 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM
One could almost assume from the picture of the perp that he didn't come away unscathed in this encounter. BTW, shouldn't it read "The woman escaped by unlocking the door & fleeing" in the next to last sentence in the article?
Chase Castle April 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM
You're right. Thanks for helping clarify, Dennis.
Matthew Carta May 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The police beat the shit out of me and smashed my face through two layers of a wall in my living room. When I was in jail a friend stole my cat and gave her away.
Lynda Carta May 09, 2012 at 07:36 PM
He is not a "perp". Where do you get such language?
Shelly M October 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Matthew, do you think putting a comment on here is going to get you sympathy? You deserved more than just a little beating and losing your cat, so you get absolutely no sympathy.

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