A 34-year-old Billings man was accused Thursday of punching a woman so hard that she required surgery for a broken jaw.
Elliott Travis Bacon appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of partner or family member assault.
Judge Pro Tem Lance Lundvall set Bacon’s bond at $50,000 and ordered him to appear in District Court on May 8.
Charging documents say that Billings police were called to Billings Clinic on April 30 to speak with an assault victim. Once there, police found a woman waiting to have surgery on her jaw who told them that Bacon assaulted her. But she was afraid to say more to the officer, fearing retaliation
The woman told the officer that she’d been dating Bacon on and off for about a year and that the night before, he slapped her and she went home.
The affidavit states that early the next morning, Bacon came to the woman’s house and that, after he took her cellphone, the woman ran outside, fearing Bacon was going to harm her.
Bacon chased the woman and “punched her in the face so hard she saw stars.” He then grabbed her around the neck and tried to drag her back into the house, according to court documents.
The woman screamed and Bacon ran away. Charging documents say she told police that Bacon had assaulted her before, including breaking her finger.
Police arrested Bacon at a family member’s house later in the day.