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Domestic violence charges filed

A 37-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of assaulting his wife on Aug. 4 and preventing her from leaving their home for more than an hour, according to court documents.

Brian Bagwell pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Aug. 7 to charges of unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault. Both are domestic violence charges.

Bagwell’s 20-year-old wife, a member of the Navy, reported that Bagwell was in a jealous and irrational rage at their home in Navy housing.

The woman claimed Bagwell had pulled off her wedding ring and scratched her, then forced her to go to their computer room and send emails, according to a report by Oak Harbor Police Officer Patrick Horn. He repeatedly threatened to call her command to get her into trouble.

The alleged victim said she escaped and ran to her car, where she called her command for help. She didn’t have keys, so Bagwell was able to open the car, jump on top of her and disconnect the phone before she was able to speak to her command master chief, Horn wrote. He slammed the car door on her leg, the report states.

A member of the Navy, who the alleged victim had called before being disconnected, arrived at the home to check on her. Bagwell tried to stop his wife from leaving with the other Navy woman, but the two women eventually left together, the report indicates.

The command master chief was able to arrange lodging for the woman. But the next day, she found that Bagwell had withdrawn all but $21 from their shared account, and had taken her cell phone and house and car keys, Horn wrote.

In an interview with Horn, Bagwell denied harming his wife and said she was a self-mutilator with “psychological issues.”

If convicted of the charges, Bagwell could face between four months and a year under the standard sentencing range. He has a felony bank robbery conviction from Texas in the early 1990s.

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