A Belton man is behind bars after police said he kidnapped and repeatedly assaulted his ex-wife.

Manuel Antonio Tobar, 33, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Wednesday on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated kidnapping in connection with the incident, which took place Tuesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Tobar’s ex-wife was driving in the area of South Ann Boulevard and Bee Line Avenue in Heights about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when Tobar stepped out in front of her vehicle.

Tobar was able to strike her in the face, and punch her into the passenger seat of the vehicle. He took her cellphone and began to drive away, the affidavit stated.

The woman told police Tobar threatened to kill her if she tried to leave the vehicle. She said Tobar later crashed the vehicle into some trees.

He grabbed her by the hair, and dragged her out of the vehicle. She told police Tobar continued to punch and kick her. According to the affidavit, she said Tobar choked her, then grabbed her chin and tried to “snap her neck.”

He then wrapped a T-shirt around her neck, “pulled it tight,” and pulled her up in the air.

The woman woke up, and was able to start her vehicle and get help. She was taken to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, the affidavit stated. Harker Heights Police Department officials said Wednesday the woman suffered serious bodily injury as a result of the abduction and attack.

Tobar was arrested Tuesday. He is in Bell County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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