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Police: Lyons man faces attempted murder charge in Riverside after trying to drown woman

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department reported they have filed an attempted murder charge against a Lyons man who police said tried to drown his girlfriend over the weekend.

Michael D. Bruner, 60, of the 8000 block of Christie Avenue, Lyons, was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated domestic battery by strangulation on Sunday. Police said Bruner also has a listed address in the 100 block of Lawton Road in Riverside.

Police reported they received a "frantic" 911 call at around 2 a.m. Saturday from a woman who told dispatchers that her boyfriend had tried to kill her several times that evening. Police responded to a coach house in the 100 block of Lawton Road and found a 53-year-old woman standing in front of the main house. Police said the victim was screaming and visibly upset when officers arrived on the scene.

As the woman was talking with officers, police noticed a man exiting through a side door of the coach house. Police reported the man was trying to flee, but that he was taken into custody without incident.

The victim told police that on Friday at around 8 p.m., she got into an argument with her boyfriend, later identified as Bruner, over the thermostat setting in the coach house. About 20 minutes later, they got into another argument over prescription drugs that were in the home. The woman told police she decided to go to a friend's home in Berwyn to get out of the home.

She told police she returned to the coach house around 1 a.m. Saturday and believed her boyfriend was sleeping. He awoke and the two began arguing again over prescription Xanax drugs that were missing from the home.

The woman told police she walked away and went upstairs to take a bath. As she was preparing the bath and disrobing, Bruner opened the door and pushed her into the tub, causing her to fall and injure her tailbone.

Police said he grabbed her by the throat and started to choke her and push her head underwater as the tub continued to fill. Police said he pushed her head underwater several more times and said, "I'm going to kill you" and "You're going to feel what it's like to be under water."

Police said the woman managed to break free and ran to the home located in front of the property and called 911. She was treated at the scene for injuries consistant with battery and choking.

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said this was the not the first time the department has charged Bruner. According to Weitzel, Bruner was charged with domestic assault in November 2012. Police said the case was later dropped when the victim of that incident refused to cooperate.

Police also reported Bruner's criminal history spans four states and goes back to 1974. Bruner has criminal histories in Illinois, California, Colorado and Utah. Previous convictions include burglary, theft, drugs, forgery and numerous DUI felony convictions.

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