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Prosecutor charges Asbury with felonious restraint

PARK HILLS – A Park Hills man is behind bars after allegedly beating up his girlfriend and threatening the lives of two children and three police officers.

Cpl. Ellie Tucker of the Park Hills Police Department said police were called to 38-year-old Kenneth Asbury’s home on Taylor at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after his girlfriend reported being assaulted.

Tucker said the woman, who had a busted lip and a knot on the side of her face, said she had been punched by Asbury and then pushed out the front door. She said he was still inside the house with two children.

Tucker said when she and two other officers went to arrest the man, he refused to open the door. She said he told them he had a knife and was going to hurt the police officers, his two children, and himself.

She said the officers forced their way in and took him into custody. While he was being escorted to the patrol car, the man reportedly pulled back to try to fight with Officers Richard McFarland and Tony Remshardt.

Tucker said she searched the residence and found the two children hiding behind a door in the hallway. She said they were afraid but unharmed.

“They said they were afraid because daddy hit mom,” she said.

Asbury is being held in the county jail on a bond in excess of $100,000.

Police are seeking charges which include three counts of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of felonious restraint, resisting arrest, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree domestic assault.

St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Wendy Wexler Horn has filed two charges of felonious restraint. She said she could file other charges later, including domestic assault.

A felonious restraint charges carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

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