Woman accused of threatening to kill girlfriend

Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Thursday after deputies say she attacked her girlfriend, placed a belt around her neck and threatened her with a hammer.

Swan Ashley McNair, 23, of 924 SW 61st St., arrived at the apartment she shares with her girlfriend after the two had an argument, according to Alachua County Sheriff's Office officials. McNair became further angered, according to a Sheriff's Office report, when she learned that her girlfriend had placed calls to both her mother and police.

The couple continued to argue until McNair allegedly walked up behind her girlfriend and placed a belt around her neck, according to the report. The victim claimed that McNair did not cut off her breathing or circulation, the report said. The couple then reportedly wrestled until the victim was able to get away from her girlfriend, who left the room. McNair returned a few minutes later, however, and began to make threats on the woman's life, saying she would kill her, the report said.

At this point, McNair allegedly pulled out a hammer that had been concealed in her shorts and began threatening her girlfriend with the hammer, saying that she was going to crack open her skull, deputies said. Meanwhile, McNair loomed over the woman and raised the hammer as if to swing the tool, the report said.

The victim, however, was able to move around her girlfriend and leave the apartment, the report said.

Deputies arrested McNair and charged her with one felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and a misdemeanor count of battery.

McNair was taken to the Alachua County jail, where as of Saturday even she was still being held on a $4,000 bond.

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