Police: Suspect hit woman in face, killed her dog

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) --Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say assaulted two women with a BB gun and killed a dog.

Police say 31-year-old David Joseph Ault of Woodbridge hit a 24-year-old female acquaintance in the face during a verbal altercation on July 9. The woman left the apartment, located in the 14100 block of Cuddy Lp in Woodbridge, and returned on July 13 with two friends.

When the woman returned, police say Ault pulled out a BB gun and began assaulting her. He then began assaulting one of her friends, a 23-year-old woman. Police say the third woman then pepper sprayed Ault to stop the assault.

The three woman ran to a neighbors and called police. The victims suffered minor injuries.

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Police arrived to find Ault with a head injury. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. While searching the apartment, police found the victim's dog dead in the bathtub. The victim told police that Ault had threatened to kill her dog during a phone call on July 11.

Animal Control officers took the dog to conduct a necropsy. Following the investigation, Ault was arrested. He has been charged with 3 counts of abduction, 3 counts of brandishing, 2 counts of domestic assault & battery, 1 count of assault & battery, and 1 count of felony animal cruelty.

Ault is being held without bond.


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