By Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2020

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Prosecutors charged a 36-year-old Yakima man with assault after they say he punched and choked a woman and confined her to a pump house for a week.

Nicholas Lasiter also was charged earlier this week with unlawful imprisonment in the incident, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Yakima County sheriff’s deputies went to a business in the Terrace Heights area March 4 where they found a woman sitting outside with dried blood on her face, arms and hands, according to court documents. She told deputies that she and Lasiter were staying in a pump house and that he would not let her leave, according to a probable cause affidavit.

On March 4, she tried to leave but Lasiter punched her and choked her, the affidavit said. She was able to escape, locked Lasiter inside and ran to the business.

Lasiter is being held at the Yakima County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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