Man with history of assaulting girlfriend charged with biting her; bond set at $100,000

2014-08-21T08:00:00Z 2014-08-21T17:15:08Z Man with history of assaulting girlfriend charged with biting her; bond set at $100,000By EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man with a history of assaulting his girlfriend — and who has a pending case in which he is charged with assaulting the same woman in December — threatened to “bury” her children on Aug. 11 and bit her on the arm, according to prosecutors.

Douglas Eugene Norwick Jr., 38, made an initial court appearance on a count of felony partner or family member assault and misdemeanor criminal contempt.

Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez set Norwick’s bond at $100,000.

Norwick had previously bonded out of jail and was under court order to wear a GPS monitor and too not contact his girlfriend. Court records say the device “had not been working since Aug. 7.”

At about 5:45 p.m. Aug. 11, the alleged victim met an officer at the Laurel Police Department, according to court records. She was on the phone with Norwick, trying to negotiate to get her three children back from him.

He was reportedly yelling over the phone, swearing and threatening suicide. The woman said Norwick had also threatened to “bury” the children, all of whom are younger than 5, court records say.

At about 9:30 p.m., the woman called Laurel police and said that Norwick agreed to turn the children over to her and she was en route to meet him at a restaurant on King Avenue West in Billings to pick up the kids, charging documents say.

The woman was advised not to meet with Norwick.

Billings police made contact with her less than 20 minutes later, and she gave a statement. She said she had given the children to Norwick’s mother, who had given them to Norwick.

When Norwick agreed to return the children, he had warned her to meet him alone and not to involve law enforcement or he was “going to kill everybody,” she said.

When they met, Norwick approached her vehicle holding their baby, she told police. She said Norwick grabbed her arm, pulled it through the window and bit her on the elbow.

He eventually left without the children shortly before police arrived.

As the woman was making her statement, an officer observed that all three children involved were sobbing.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Paul Chaon called the offenses “particularly egregious” in light of Norwick’s criminal history and a pending domestic assault case involving the same alleged victim as the one in the new charges against Norwick.

Norwick has misdemeanor domestic assault convictions from 1999 and 2007, according to court records. He also has two felony domestic assault convictions involving his girlfriend in 2008. In December, he was charged with again assaulting the same woman.

Norwick is scheduled to be arraigned in District Court on Aug. 28.

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