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Police: Man smashes wife's phone to stop domestic violence call

Police: Man smashes wife's phone to stop domestic violence call

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A Napa man was arrested early Saturday morning after assaulting his wife and destroying her cellphone to stop her from seeking help, according to police.

Officers were called shortly after 2:45 a.m. to the home of 32-year-old Marshall Castersen in the  4400 block of Sandalwood Street, according to Sgt. Nick Dalessi.

After waking up in the middle of the night, Castersen woke his spouse and the two argued about her cellphone, Dalessi said. When the woman refused to hand over the handset, Castersen grabbed it from her and put her in a headlock when she tried to grab her phone back, according to Dalessi.

Castersen then used the upper portion of a rifle to smash the cellphone, preventing his wife from calling 911, Dalessi reported. The woman then ran to her parents' home nearby to call authorities.

Police arriving on Sandalwood Street who saw Castersen driving away stopped his vehicle and detained him without incident, according to Dalessi.

Castersen was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and impeding a 911 call. He also was booked on suspicion of child endangerment because the couple's child was present during the incident, Dalessi said.

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