A Washington County District Court judge Wednesday increased bail from $500,000 to $750,000 for a Hagerstown man who told a police officer and a court commissioner he wanted to kill his girlfriend.
Police went to the East Franklin Street apartment of Steven A. Sadzinski, 51, and Nancy Mullinex shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for a domestic dispute, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown police.
When police arrived, Sadzinski was on the porch drinking a beer, and Mullinex was inside sweeping, the charging documents said.
Mullinex told the officer they had argued over who should clean the apartment, and Sadzinski began smashing things with a hammer, including a television and a computer, the documents said.
Sadzinski tried to lock Mullinex in a bedroom and put her in a choke hold, the documents said.
“I was a little surprised bond was so high” for a second-degree assault charge, Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Flores told Judge Dana Moylan Wright at the bail-review hearing Wednesday.