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An Elizabethtown man is accused of beating and attempting to strangle a woman Thursday morning at a party in Radcliff. Police say the two did not know each other.
Kristopher A. Raasch, 38, faces charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Radcliff Police Department, said the case has been turned over to detectives and the investigation is ongoing.
According to Shumate, the two were at a party on Saltsman Lane, and the woman fell asleep on a bed. Raasch also was on that bed, Shumate said.
The woman told police she woke up as the man was striking her in the face with his fists, Shumate said.
“(There was) no reason for it, don’t know why it happened,” Shumate said.
In addition to striking the woman’s face, Shumate said Raasch is accused of attempting to strangle her with his hands, causing her to lose consciousness.
According to a citation, the woman told police she was sexually assaulted but refused to complete a sexual assault kit.
The woman sustained a fractured jaw and abrasions on her face and was
transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital, Shumate said.
Prior to officers’ arrival, Raasch allegedly removed sheets and blankets from the bed and flipped a pillow in an attempt to conceal blood evidence, Shumate said.
According to police, Raasch and the woman are strangers. Shumate said police suspect alcohol was involved.
Raasch remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center.
First-degree assault is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.
Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@