Pregnant woman assaulted, kicked in stomach by man at Nashville laundromat

By: WZTV - FOX17 Nashville

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NASHVILLE - A Nashville man is behind bars after brutally assaulting a pregnant woman at a laundromat on Sunday.

According to the arrest affidavit for 37-year-old Marcus Dement, the assault took place at a laundromat on Trinity Lane.

According to the pregnant victim, Dement was being rude to her then allegedly threw a 2 liter bottle at her, striking her in the upper body.


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He then started punching her, threw her to the floor, and began kicking the 5-weeks-pregnant woman in the stomach. He then allegedly put his hands around her throat and choked her.

Another woman standing nearby says she witnessed the assault and tried to step in but Dement shoved her into the washers and dryers, punching her several times.

It was at this time the pregnant woman's husband arrived on scene and found his wife crying and lying on the floor. The husband confronted Dement and the two began fighting.

Police arrived on scene and arrested Dement, charging him with two counts of assault and one count of aggravated assault-strangulation.

Dement is no stranger to the law. In October, police responding to a domestic report at Dement's Haynes Street residence attempted to place him under arrest when he tackled one of the officers into a wall. Police say he then pulled the officer's jacket over his head and punched the officer in the eye.

The officer responded, punching Dement back, causing Dement to fall and subdued.

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