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Waco police officer arrested for allegedly dragging his girlfriend by her neck

Posted at 11:07 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 19:57:04-05

WACO, TX — A 20-year veteran of the Waco Police Department was arrested Sunday night for allegedly dragging his girlfriend 20 feet by her neck.

The suspect, identified as Heath Mynar, was off-duty at the time of the arrest, according to Sergeant Patrick Swanton of Waco PD.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers were called out to the 900 block of Baylor Avenue around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday, November 10 for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Officers were informed by dispatch that the woman on the phone was talking in hushed tones and said her boyfriend, a police officer, had put his hands around her neck and hurt her. The woman did not give her name, location or any other information.

When officers arrived on-scene, they called the woman back, who again spoke in hushed tones and told them she did not want any trouble for her boyfriend and to please not show up. Officers told the woman based on what she had said, they needed to speak with her. She then told officers she was affraid to leave the apartment, but then agreed to step outside and talk with officers.

The affidavit states that a few minutes later, dispatch received a call from Heath Mynar, who said it was his girlfriend who called police.

Officers entered an apartment complex and located the woman, who was standing outside of an apartment sobbing and visibly upset. The affidavit states the woman told officers she and Mynar had gotten into a verbal altercation the previous evening, which had carried over into Sunday evening.

The woman said Mynar had been drinking since 12:30 p.m. and was saying rude and vulgar things to her. She told officers right before calling police, she decided to confront Mynar about his vulgar language.

The woman stood in front of Mynar, who was sitting on the couch in the living room. The woman told officers she grabbed his martini glass and slung the contents onto the floor, but didn't throw the glass. She stated Mynar then stood up, grabbed her with one hand on her neck and one hand on her side and threw her to the ground.

The woman said Mynar then stood over her, grabbed her neck with both hands, and drug her, face up, 20 feet from the living room to the front door of the apartment. She told officers she went limp while she was being dragged so Mynar would not feel the need to push down on her neck.

The woman said Mynar never compressed her neck, and that she never felt that she could not breathe or that she was going to lose consciousness.

Officers did observe the woman had abrasions and inflammation, as well as slight swelling to the front of her neck and underneath the left side of her jaw, according to the affidavit. She also had abrasions to her upper chest area.

When officers searched the apartment, they discovered streaks on the floor of the apartment consistent with marks left by robber soles of the woman's tennis shoes from being drug through the apartment by her neck.

Mynar told officers he was attack by the woman, but had no injuries at this time.

Mynar was arrested for assault family violence and booked into McLennan County Jail.

He posted bond and was released the next day.

Mynar has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of both the criminal and internal investigations.