Horace man arrested after court documents say he choked and held gun to woman's head

HORACE, N.D. (KVLY) A Horace man is facing three felony charges after court documents say he assaulted a woman on September 7th.

46-year-old Ryan Hegel is charged with felony terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, and two felony counts of domestic violence.

Court documents say Cass County officials were called to Big Erv's Bar in Horace around 2 a.m. Saturday morning for a report of a domestic assault that occurred in a different part of town.

When officers arrived, they noticed the victim had a torn shirt, red marks on her neck and bruising on her forehead and above her left eye.

The victim told officers she and Hegel got into an argument and it quickly turned physical. The victim said Hegel punched her in the head and grabbed her. She admitted to hitting Hegel and spitting in his face, saying she was trying everything she could to get away.

The victim stated at one point, Hegel grabbed a handgun from the nightstand and held the victim in a chokehold from behind, with the gun to the victim's head. The victim told officers that she feared Hegel really would really shoot her. She later stated that Hegel tackled her and put his hand's around her neck.

Officers later attempted to call Hegel. Documents say Hegel was very intoxicated on the phone call. Hegel told police that there were 35 guns in his home but said they were all locked up.

Due to the amount of firearms, multiple deputies responded to the home and set up a perimeter.

Hegel eventually came out and got into a deputy's vehicle for questioning. There, Hegel told officers the argument between he and the victim 'got a little abusive.'

Documents say Hegel told officers that the victim hit him three times in the face, and that he threw the victim to the ground.

"I seriously grabbed my gun. I'm like get the **** away from me," Hegel told officers.

Hegel denied pointing the gun at the victim's head, and said he was only pointing it in the air.

When officers asked Hegel why the victim had red marks around her neck, Hegel said it was because he held her down.

"Not saying I didn't," Hegel said.

Officers looked at Hegel's injuries, which officers deemed to be consistent with scratch marks that would be caused if Hegel had his arms around the victim's neck, and the victim trying to pull his arms off.

Hegel bonded out of jail Monday afternoon and is set to be in court again on October 16.