Disabled Vet With Fake Leg Accused Of Choking Woman, Outrunning Police
A disabled military veteran was arrested over the weekend after initially outrunning police in his vehicle after being accused of choking a woman who may be his fiancée or wife.
John Short, 31, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of aggravated assault on a family member and third-degree domestic battery. He was released later the same day from the Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
County deputies said Short got into an argument with an unidentified woman and told her to pack her things. He then allegedly threw her on a bed and began choking her. After releasing his grip, he slapped the woman in the face, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Deputies responded to the call Saturday and tried to track the suspect’s pickup truck, but he was able to evade authorities, according to the preliminary report. He was later located and arrested.
The report does not mention the woman’s name or the relationship, but it makes note of an engagement ring on the victim’s hand.
The victim told investigators that Short has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is a wounded military veteran with a fake leg. She said he has been violent in the past and killed a man last year in Fayetteville, but was not charged, according to the preliminary report.